Launching of the International Double Degree Program Masters in Wireless Communications Engineering

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The launching ceremony of the Double Degree Program on Master’s in Wireless Communications between University of Peradeniya and University of Oulu, Finland was held on the 14 of the December, 2017 at OZO, Colombo. The chief guest of the event was Honorable Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Harsha de Silva. The center for wireless communications (CWC) engineering at University of Oulu who will be conducted the program from Finnish side has a long tradition of world class research and industry collaboration in wireless communications and in particular in the areas of 5G cellular and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Perdeniya has a strong group in communications engineering
which offers an excellent teaching program and undertake research in communication systems.

Acting vice chancellor, Prof. Lakshman Wijeweera addressed the gathering and emphasized the importance of the program of this nature to the university and wished all future success. Delegates from Finland, including the CWC director, Prof. Matti Latva-aho stressed out the importance the University of Oulu has put into the Double Degree Program. He also highlighted that the program will give students from both countries an in depth technical knowledge on cutting edge wireless ecosystems that will help to build future scholars, researchers and industry leaders. During the speech of the chief guest, Honourable deputy minister Dr. Harsha De Silva, it was highlighted the importance of the double degree program on wireless communication to the development of the technology in the country. The message from Honourable Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe was read.

The launching ceremony was well attended by local industry representing all major telecommunication service providers and application developers, representatives from local universities as well as prospective students who showed a keen interest in joining the program. The first intake of students to the program is planned for January 2018.