Students from the Tokyo Institute of Technology visited the University of Peradeniya for the annual Student Exchange Program organized by the International Research Centre. This is the third group to visit University of Peradeniya in three consecutive years under the guidance of Prof. Ananda Kumara who participated in all three programs. This time the Tokyo Tech team consisted of 5 students and 2 staff members including Prof. Ananda Kumara and Ms. Mandai Kumiko.
The team arrived in Sri Lanka on 27th August 2015 and proceeded to Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya for their field excursion in the Cultural Triangle. On Monday 31st August the team visited the University of Peradeniya and the program started with an orientation session. The students of the International Interaction Club had organized a number of interactive events for the Tokyo Tech team including a session on learning local languages and they learnt basic phrases in local languages, and an introductory session of Cricket at the University Gymnasium where the Tokyo Tech students got a chance to learn about this new game.
The students also did a campus tour guided by the students from the InIC where they could learn about the University of Peradeniya, its history and the campus environment. And the welcome dinner was organized at Earl's Regent Hotel for the Tokyo Tech team.
During the next days of the program, the Tokyo Tech team got the opportunity to do many interactive sessions with Students from the University of Peradeniya and also the visiting students attended a lecture series at the university. In the mean time the Tokyo Tech team was able to visit the farm of the Faculty of Agriculture. It is a livestock field station located at Mawela, about 1.5 km from the faculty. It serves undergraduate training and research. The station maintains European dairy cattle, buffaloes, broilers, swine, ducks, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and micro livestock.
The lecture series was done by Prof. H. M. D. R. Herath, Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake and Dr. Shameen Jinadasa, Prof. Jayalath Edirisinghe and a lab visit at the Faculty of Engineering guided by Dr. Shameen Jinadasa. The lectures covered the fields of Sri Lankan History and culture, agriculture, and engineering.
The team went on an industrial visit to Pallekele BOI Zone and visited Mas Linea Clothing Pvt Ltd and The 4Ever Skin Naturals (Pvt.) Ltd. On the last day of the program, the Tokyo Tech Team met the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the Senate Building. Then there was a symposium of the students from both universities where each of the students presented their experience in the program. Tokyo Tech students presented their experiences in Sri Lanka especially about Sri Lankan culture, food, infrastructure and the University of Peradeniya itself. Students from the International Interaction Club talked about their experience in the Student Exchange Program and how they feel about the mingling with Japanese students.
To conclude the program, a valedictory dinner was arranged for the Tokyo Tech team who visited the University of Peradeniya in 2015 at Thilanka Hotel, where the visiting students received the Certificates of Participation. The Student Exchange Program came to an end on the 04th September, 2015.