Canada’s University of Calgary partners with Universities of Moratuwa and Peradeniya to grant scholarships

Colombo, August 12, 2015 – The High Commission of Canada is pleased  to announce that two Sri Lankan universities have been selected to benefit from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program launched by the Government of Canada to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. This program facilitates Canadian and other international Commonwealth students to pursue their undergraduate and graduate level studies in Canada and other developing countries in the Commonwealth. The program will provide up to 40 million Canadian dollars towards 1,500 scholarship recipients over five years. The University of Calgary has been granted partial funding from this scholarship program and has selected the Universities of Moratuwa and Peradeniya as partnering institutions to the University of Calgary’s school of engineering and surrounding disaster risk resilience.  The signing of the agreements between the three universities took place in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Higher Education, the University Grants Commission and distinguished Canadian alumni in Sri Lanka.

The High Commissioner of Canada, Her Excellency Shelley Whiting, speaking at the event stated that “this partnership has opened up great opportunities to strengthen further collaboration between Canada and Sri Lanka in the field of education” and noted “that it will provide great exposure to the next generation of innovative leaders in the two countries to actively contribute to their local and global communities”.

The scholarships aims to encourage the young academics build and share their skills, knowledge and experience and furthering the Commonwealth’s shared goals in democracy and development to achieve their goals as entrepreneurs, public servants, community leaders and academics. The program will support Canadian students to study at one of the partner institutions in Sri Lanka, and in turn students from Sri Lanka to come to the University of Calgary through 2018. The agreement is fully supported by the Canadian High Commission’s Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), the Canadian government’s network of Trade professionals that promote Canadian goods and services, facilitate innovation and R&D, as well as build networks between the two countries.  Canada is a much sought after destination for high quality and affordable education.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Indirani Jayawardena

Political Officer

High Commission of Canada

33A, 5th Lane, Colombo 3

Tel: 522 6232  Ext: 3352, E-mail: indirani.jayawardena@international.gc.ca