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University of Colombo and Saitama University, Japan: Student Exchange Program

The student exchange program between University of Colombo and Saitama University, Japan was negotiated by Prof. Asanga Tilakaratne, Head of the Buddhist Studies Unit, University of Colombo. The MOU between the two universities was signed on 10th March, 2014 at University of Colombo, Prof. Chandrasiri, acting Vice Chancellor on behalf of University of Colombo and Professor Masahiro Nagata, Director of International Affairs, Saitama University, accompanied by Prof. Axel Carpenstein of the same university, on behalf of Saitama University.

Ms. Sewwandi Radika Marasinghe (11/BA/17731) has been selected as the Buddhist Studies Unit nominee for the newly established University of Colombo and Saitama University, Japan, student exchange program. She will be leaving for Saitama University by the end of September. She will study at Saitama for the academic year 2014/2015.

Mr. Norihoto Gunji, the nominee from Saitama University to Colombo under this program will be arriving in Colombo by the end of this September, and will be studying here for the second semester October 2014/ April 2015.

Welcome for the new special student batch : 2014

The reception for the new special degree batch in Buddhist Studies, organized by the 3rd year special studies students, was held on 22nd July, 2014, in collaboration with the Buddhist Studies Unit. At this occasion, Professor Carlo Fonseka, the Chairman of Sri Lanka Medical Council, delivered a special speech.

Some 32 students who have chosen to offer Buddhist studies as their special subject were recognized and given a warm welcome by the unit.

Academic Seminar Series : 2014

Under the academic seminar series 2014 organized by the Buddhist Studies Unit, Professor Russell Bowden (PhD: Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya) delivered a speech on ‘The Tipitaka of the Pali Canon: Its Development and History from Pre-parinibbana to King Parakramabahu’s Unification of the Sangha’ on 18th July 2014 at M.B. Ariyapala Auditorium, University of Colombo.

Rev. Tajay Bongsa of Buddhist Studies Wins Neil Bandaranayake Prize

Rev. Tajay Bongsa, a Buddhist Studies graduate of 2011/12 batch, won the prestigious Neil Bandaranayake award given for the best performance at the final year examination of the Faculty of Arts.

Rev. Tajay Bongsa belongs to the first batch of the students who specialized in Buddhist Studies. The Buddhist Studies Unit congratulates him on his impressive performance at the final examination.

Donation of Books to Buddhist Studies Unit

Dr. Toshi Ichi Endo, Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at University of Hongkong, Center for Buddhist Studies, donated a collection of about one thousand volumes of Buddhist academic works to Buddhist Studies Unit, University of Colombo. The collection includes a set of Pali commentaries in Thai script and many other rare and valuable works in Buddhist Studies. Dr. Endo who is a well known Pali scholar was formerly a professor at Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya.

Here Professor Athula Ranasinghe in seen accepting the books from Prof. Endo on behalf of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo. Also seen are Prof. Asanga Tilakartne, Coordinator of Buddhist Studies Unit, Rev. Prof. M. Dhammajothi and Rev. U. Ananda of the Buddhist Studies Unit.


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