Special Guest: Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne (Sri Lanka)
Monday, December 17, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)
Higher Education in Sri Lanka: Challenges and Priorities in a Post-War Setting
The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs invite you to a discussion with Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne, Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka.
Dr. Nawaratne’s talk will focus on the higher education system in Sri Lanka, in particular the country’s new education challenges and priorities in a post-war environment. Sri Lanka’s education system was developed based on the British system and has produced world-class professionals and academics for the last 60 years. However, at the same time, the evolving global environment has changed expectations of the country’s higher education system. Dr. Nawaratne will discuss key changes necessary to make a world-class higher education system in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne is the Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka (former CEYLON). He has obtained his first degree in business administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, which is the leading business school in Sri Lanka. He obtained his MA in economics from Kagawa University, Japan and he completed his PhD in management at Keio University in Tokyo.
Dr. Nawaratne has leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. He has held leading positions in Sri Lanka such as Director General and Chairman, National Youth Services Council (NYSC), Director General of Samurdhi Authority, Secretary of the Ministry of Samurdhi, Rural Development & Parliamentary Affairs, and Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development. He is working as a visiting faculty member at various universities, and is also teaching and supervising students in the fields of strategic management, marketing and change-management.