SLT and Peradeniya University to set up ICT R&D centre | Sunday Observer

SLT and Peradeniya University to set up ICT R&D centre

The exchange of the MoU: From left - Prof. Manjula Fernando (Head/Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya),  Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake (Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya), Tilak de Silva (Chief Business Innovation Officer - SLT) and Dr. G.B.B. Herath (Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering - University of Peradeniya).
The exchange of the MoU: From left - Prof. Manjula Fernando (Head/Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya), Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake (Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya), Tilak de Silva (Chief Business Innovation Officer - SLT) and Dr. G.B.B. Herath (Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering - University of Peradeniya).

Sri Lanka Telecom entered into a landmark agreement with the University of Peradeniya to carry out collaborative ICT research projects as well as to establish a state-of-the-art R & D centre at Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya.

The MoU was signed recently at the University by Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya and Tilak De Silva, Chief Business Innovation Officer of SLT.

Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake, sharing his views on the partnership said, “University-industry collaboration if of great importance today more than ever before due to the fast evolving nature of industry as well as industrial practices. This requires intensive use of knowledge as well as research. As a result, high quality human resources become a vital need. This partnership and this research facility will enhance the availability of highly qualified human resources in the areas of R&D within the country. It will also build a strong relationship between the university network and the industry, thus creating synergies for the benefit of many multi disciplines and many segments of people in our country.”

Speaking on the partnership and the long-term objectives of the initiative, Mr. Tilak De Silva, said, “There is a growing need for innovation and development in ICT to match rising world expectations. Further, the rapid development of technology and industry can exert pressure on our graduates to meet the growing demands of the corporate sector, which they could find difficult to meet, due to their lack of exposure. This partnership and this new envisioned R & D centre will provide the ideal platform for this: to provide the required exposure to graduates as well as to establish a multi-disciplinary research centre for ICT R & D.” 

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