We are forwarding here a copy of a recent address by Prof. Gamini Samaranayake, Chairman, University Grants Commission, which was delivered at the Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Quantity Surveyors Association in Dubai.
Prof. Samaranayake’s address speaks to large-scale conditions that affect Sri Lanka’s universities today, including conditions of higher education globally that also affect all of us who are in institutions of higher education. As Prof. Samaranayake says, “The main objective of [his] speech is to examine the nexus between the Global Higher Education System and the changes and challenges of university education in Sri Lanka. More specifically, it examines the viability, potential and trajectory of the knowledge hub as a solution to existing higher education problem in the country. The basic argument of the presentation is that the modernization of higher education lies in implementing structural changes that are concurrent to changes that are taking place at the international level in higher education.”
Prof. Samaranayake’s address deserves our attention, of course, in so far as it is by the Chairman of Sri Lanka’s University Grants Commision, which is “the apex body of the University System in Sri Lanka” ( see http://www.ugc.ac.lk/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
The address was published in three parts in “The Island”: