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A Two Member Delegation from ACIAR Visited Faculty of Agriculture and University of Peradeniya for a Scooping Study

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A two member delegation (Dr. Jayne Curnow and Dr. Julian de Meyer) from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) visited the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya on 21st July 2016 for a scooping study for potential collaboration. This scooping study has been initiated by the HE High Commissioner in Australia. They are exploring opportunities for ACIAR involvement in agricultural research and project monitoring through Australian Aid Program. It is understand that the HE High Commissioner requested from the team to visit the Faculty of Agriculture due to the Faculty reputation in research and education in agriculture sector in Sri Lanka. The research disciplines they interested are agribusiness, agricultural development policy, agricultural system management, animal health, crop improvement and management, cropping systems and economics, horticulture, land and water resources, soil and nutrition management, livestock production systems, fisheries, forestry. After initial discussion with the Dean, Prof. Gamini Pushpakumara, the delegation met Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Laxman Wijeyeweera at Vice Chancellor's office. The Acting Vice Chancellor reported that University is at a rapid expansion pace in terms of its international collaboration. He stated that he wish to give fullest cooperation for development of partnerships with Australian Universities and Institutes. He also stated that at present University has established collaborative programs with Queensland University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Newcastle and the University of Wollongong. At 10.00 am, the delegation met the staff of the Faculty at the Board Room including all Heads of Departments, Directors of Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Agribusiness Centre and Agriculture Education Unit. After welcoming the delegation, Dean gave a presentation on the Faculty explaining its capacity in human resources in terms of teaching and research, capacity of laboratories, opportunities for field levels practical in all agro climatic regions and outreached arms of the faculty in terms of Agricultural Biotechnology Center, Agribusiness Centre and Agriculture Education Unit. Thereafter, discussion was moderated by the Dean. At the end, delegates thanked all the members for active discussions and fruitful contributions for scooping study. The delegates also expressed their pleasure of visiting the Faculty and the University. They stated that decisions will be communicated to the Dean. Finally, the Dean also thanked the Acting Vice Chancellor, delegation and all members of the Faculty for support extended to conduct the scooping study.


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