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Delegation from Chinese Academy of Sciences to University of Peradeniya

27 February 2018

Prof. Yuansong Wei, Prof. Shan Fu and Dr. Qing Cao, Research Centre for Eco- Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences visited University of Peradeniya on 27 February 2018. The purpose of the visit was to promote education cooperation on Master and PhD students, based on the CAS-TWAS President's Fellowship Program for Doctoral Candidate and Master Program in Environmental Science and Technology. Consequently, several discussions were carried out with the representatives of the University of Peradeniya and the delegates.

A significant discussion was conducted between the Deputy Vice- Chancellor, UoP, Prof. Yuansong Wei, Prof. Shan Fu and Dr. Qing Cao, Research Centre for Eco- Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Director, International Affairs Office at the Office of the Vice- Chancellor. Prof. Sudharma Yatigammana, Faculty of Science took part in the meeting as the representative of the Dean, Faculty of Science.

Prof. Yuansong Wei delivered a presentation on proposed Joint Water Research Lab to be established in the University of Peradeniya and the scholarship opportunities offered by the CAS. Consequently, the team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences explained the available opportunities to strengthen the academic relationship within the two institutions and how to promote it in relevance.

They briefed their available scholarship opportunities for the international students, which the students of the UoP could apply and experience. Accordingly the details on Master and PhD courses related to the Environmental engineering, Chemistry, Ecology and Environmental Management were explained at the discussion. And Deputy Vice- Chancellor, express his eagerness in promoting these programs and to present the utter support in relevance.

Discussion between Prof. Yuansong Wei, Prof. Shan Fu and Dr. Qing Cao, Research Centre for Eco- Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Director, IAO was basically focused on how to expand the research collaborations between the two Universities and to improve the international activities provided under the CAS disciplinary. Further it was discussed to develop the programs related to the Ecological Planning and Water and Environment. And the suggestions provided at the discussion would lead to initiate more educational and training programs between the two institutions.

Prof. Yuansong Wei, Prof. Shan Fu and Dr. Qing Cao, Research Centre for Eco- Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences carried out a discussion with Dean, Faculty of Engineering, UoP at the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Engineering on 27 February 2018. Prof. Yuansong Wei explained how they initiate the academic relationships between the two institutions in the year 2015 and his immense pleasure of continuing and implementing such programs was expressed.

Further he explained the available opportunities for the Master and PhD courses for the students of the UoP and the provided facilities were elaborated. The fields of Ecology and Environmental Engineering were emphasized as the areas which CAS will be provided scholarships in related to the Faculty of Engineering. Also he emphasized the competitiveness in the entry for the CAS and only limited scholarship opportunities for the international students are available.

Dean, Faculty of Engineering stated his interest on supporting these programs and he would select and nominate eligible candidates from his Faculty for the scholarships. The delegation mentioned that the procedure and the necessary guidelines of these programs have been submitted to the International Affairs Office and Director, IAO would take care the matter in relevance.

The Water Project conducted in collaboration with the CAS and UoP was also discussed at the meeting and the Dean, Faculty of Engineering mentioned the positive aspects of the signed MoU between the CAS and UoP and the academic advantages expanded through the links. Also the capability of implementing the proposed Sri- Lanka- China Joint Research Centre in UoP was emphasized and the Dean, Faculty of Engineering assured that he would fully support for the continuance of all the proposed activities and the programs including the scholarships and all.

Prof. Yuansong Wei, Prof. Shan Fu and Dr. Qing Cao, Research Centre for Eco- Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences carried out a discussion with Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, UoP at the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Agriculture on 27 February 2018. With the purpose of promote education cooperation on Master and PhD students, based on the CAS-TWAS President's Fellowship Program, Prof. Yuansong Wei explained the available scholarship opportunities for the students of UoP in relation to the fields of Soil and Forestry. With the intention of supporting and continuing those programs, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture explained that he would provide his assistance and guidance through all the eight Departments of his Faculty.

Another discussion was held between Dr. Sudharma Yatigammana, Faculty of Science and Prof. Yuansong Wei, Prof. Shan Fu and Dr. Qing Cao, Research Centre for Eco- Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences at the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science on 27 February 2018. Dr. Sudharma Yatigammana explained the areas which can be related to the Faculty of Science.

As a result, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Geology, Ecology and other relevant subject areas were introduced as to make links for the scholarships. Further, she assured that she would forward the CVs of the suitable candidates to the CAS and direct them for the scholarships. Prof. Yuansong Wei profoundly emphasized on the available opportunities for the Doctoral Candidate and Master Program in Environmental Science and Technology under CAS-TWAS President's Fellowship Program and meantime, 03 students of the previous batch of the Bachelor of Science were interviewed by the CAS delegation and the discussion came out as a success.

Prof. Yuansong Wei, Prof. Shan Fu and Dr. Qing Cao, Research Centre for Eco- Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences visited University of Peradeniya on 27 February 2018 and conducted a Seminar on Education Cooperation on Master and PhD students, Based on the CAS-TWAS President's Fellowship Program at the Senate Room, University of Peradeniya at 3.00 pm.

Details of the Doctoral Candidate and Master Program in Environmental Science and Technology were provided to the assembly through presentations and the areas of Soil, Forestry, Environmental Engineering, Ecology, Environment Management and Chemistry were emphasized at the Seminar.

The students were given a chance to personally discuss their matters with the team of the CAS and the guidelines of the application procedure and the other necessary details were informed to the interested students.

The students and the staff members of UoP were presented for the Seminar and the International Affairs Office coordinated the work in relation.