UNIVERSITY PROMOTION CAMPAIGN OF BUDDHIST AND PALI UNIVERSITY OF SRI LANKA – 2020

Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka (BPU), established under the Act of Parliament No. 74 of 1981 of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is the well reputed Buddhist University in the world. The objectives of the university are to propagate Buddhism and the development of Pali and Buddhist Studies in Sri Lanka and foreign countries and the provision of facilities for research in the relevant fields. For that purpose, more than 08 affiliated institutes are established around the world.

BPU welcomes students from all around the world and offers world-recognized degrees with Buddhism as a subject. Many international students have already completed their courses and degrees at the Faculty of Buddhist Studies and at the Faculty of Language Studies. All subjects are also available for external students at the Faculty of Postgraduate Studies and Center for Distance Learning.

The following studies are proposed:


Buddhist Cultures
Buddhist Philosophy
Religious Studies &amp Comparative Philosophy
Archaeology
Buddhist Psychology and Counselling
Buddhist Community Leadership
ICT
Pali
Sanskrit
Sinhala
English
Tamil
Hindi
Chinese
Japanese
Korean
French


A brochure providing further information plus application form can be downloaded here.

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena Presents Credentials to UNIDO

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena presented Letters of Credence to Mr Li Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on 17 September 2019, at the Vienna International Centre accrediting her as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to UNIDO.

During the discussion, after presenting the Letter of Credence, the Permanent Representative, highlighted the important work carried out by UNIDO; promoting industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive development and environment sustainability under the guidance of Mr Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO. Ambassador Sirisena further appreciated the work accomplished by UNIDO in Sri Lanka encouraging industrial development by safeguarding the environment and advancing economic competitiveness.

Director General Li expressed great satisfaction on the level of commitment extended by Sri Lanka to UNIDO. He further emphasised the importance of ongoing projects conducted by UNIDO in large scale, covering the areas of capacity building, traditional food processing and environmental friendly management of chemical wastage. He further pointed out the value of a strong partnership with the organisation and the impact on sustainable economic and social development in Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Sirisena highlighted the significance of Sri Lanka’s involvement in future UNIDO activities and reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to the work of the Organization.

Saroja Sirisena joined Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and served as Director General Economic Affairs, Director General Public Diplomacy and the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately prior to her appointment in Vienna.

In her Diplomatic Career, she served as the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai from 2014-2018 and held positions at Sri Lanka Missions in Geneva, Brussels and Paris.

She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia and has completed post graduate studies at the École Nationale d’Administration in France. She is a past pupil of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo.

The ceremony was attended by Mr Mahesh Mahakumarage, Second Secretary, Ms Asanka Weerasingha, Attaché of the Sri Lanka Mission and Kai Bethke, Director-External Relations and Policy Research, Ciyong Zou, Director-Programmes, Partnerships and Filed Integration and Mr Prakash Chandra Mishra, Programme Officer-Asia and the Pacific of the UNIDO.

Embassy of Sri Lanka
Vienna

23rd September 2019

Permanent Representative Saroja Sirisena Presents Credentials to Mr. Yury Fedotov, Director General of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) and Executive Director of the UNODC

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena presented Letters of Credence to Mr. Yury Fedotov, Director General of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) and Executive Director of the UNODC on behalf of Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 19 September 2019, at the Director General’s office of the UNOV in the Vienna International Centre (VIC), accrediting her as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UNOV.

After a warm exchange of greetings, the Director General commended Sri Lanka’s active involvement in the organization’s work and emphasised the significance of the potential role of Sri Lanka as a hub in the Indian Ocean region to effectively coordinate with the Member States in the spheres of prevention of drug and human smuggling, maritime crimes and piracy through the UNODC regional secretariat. The Permanent Representative recalled the assistance rendered by the UNODC under various initiatives, especially prioritising Sri Lanka in its Global Maritime Crime Programme. Ambassador Sirisena further highlighted the importance of capacity building, technical cooperation, sharing information and best practices within the UNODC and among its Member States and highlighted the need of collective efforts in the fight against transnational organized crimes in order to promote socio-economic growth.

The Director General paid special attention to Smuggling of Migrants (SoM) and Trafficking in Persons (TiP) and underscored the importance of active participation of Sri Lanka as a coordinating country in the Indian Ocean Region, to combat such heinous crimes. Ambassador Sirisena underlined the substantive work of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (NAHTTF), the national focal point to counter and combat SoM and TiP and reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to the Organization.

Saroja Sirisena joined Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and served as Director General Economic Affairs, Director General Public Diplomacy and the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately prior to her appointment in Vienna.

In her Diplomatic Career, She served as the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai from 2014-2018 and held positions at Sri Lanka Missions in Geneva, Brussels and Paris. Ambassador Saroja Sirisena is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia and has completed post graduate studies at the École Nationale d’Administration in France. She is a past pupil of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo.

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Mahesh Mahakumarage, Second Secretary, Ms. Asanka Weerasingha, Attaché of the Sri Lanka Mission, Mr. Tullio Santini, Chief, Regional Office for South Asia and East Asia and Ms. Viktoria Zharkova, UNODC Secretariat.

Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
Vienna
30.09.2019

STATE MINISTER OF POWER AND ENERGY LEADS THE SRI LANKA DELEGATION TO THE 63RD REGULAR SESSION OF THE IAEA’S GENERAL CONFERENCE

State Minister of Power and Energy Chamipika Premadasa, led the Sri Lanka delegation to the 63rd Regular Session of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) General Conference. Minister Premadasa delivered the country statement at the plenary on 17 September 2019 at the Vienna International Centre.

Addressing the plenary, the Minister extended his condolences on the passing away of the Director General of the IAEA Yukiya Amano, and lauded the late Director General Amano as an outstanding diplomat and principled supporter of strengthening international security and stability.

The State Minister expounded the measures taken by the Sri Lanka in collaboration with the IAEA to strengthen regulatory infrastructure with regard to safety, security and safeguards. The comprehensive cancer control framework programme implemented in 2018 in collaboration with the IAEA focused on strengthening national cancer control capacities and mobilizing resources for cancer control related activities in Sri Lanka were appreciated by the Minister.

The 63rd Regular Session of the IAEA comprised Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka Saroja Sirisena, Chairman-Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council Mr. Saminda Jayasekara, Director General-Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council Mr. H.L.A. Ranjith, Director General-Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board Mr. T.M.R. Tennakooon, Mrs. Irosha Cooray/ Counsellor and Mr. Mahesh Mahakumarage /Second Secretary of the Embassy of Sri Lanka.

Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
Vienna, Austria
18 September 2019

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena Presents Credentials to the IAEA

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena presented Letters of Credence to Mr. Cornel Feruta, Actg.Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 23 August 2019, at the Vienna International Centre accrediting her as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the IAEA.

The Permanent Representative recalled the exceptional work carried out by the IAEA under the leadership and guidance of late Yukiya Amano, Director General of the IAEA and his concrete achievements in the spheres of nuclear security, safety, safeguards and technical cooperation during his decade long tenure. She further highlighted the necessity of capacity building and technical cooperation within IAEA and among its Member States and the need of expanding such programmes in order to further raise the level of awareness on nuclear technology for peaceful use.

The Actg. Director General commended Sri Lanka’s involvement in the IAEA and the substantial work carried out by Sri Lanka’s diplomats over the past decade including the plan to set up a power plant in the future. He further ensured legal assistance to Sri Lanka in areas where assistance is needed.

Ambassador Sirisena emphasised the significance of the peaceful use of nuclear technology in the spheres of Medicine, Agriculture and Education and elaborated on tangible economic benefits for developing countries resulting from such technologies whilst reaffirming Sri Lanka’s continuous commitment to the Organisation and active engagement with the Organisation’s future activities.

Saroja Sirisena joined Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and served as Director General Economic Affairs, Director General Public Diplomacy and the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately prior to her appointment in Vienna.

In her Diplomatic Career, she served as the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai from 2014-2018 and held positions at Sri Lanka Missions in Geneva, Brussels and Paris.

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia and has completed post graduate studies at the École Nationale d’Administration in France. She is a past pupil of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo.

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Mahesh Mahakumarage, Second Secretary, Ms. Asanka Weerasingha, Attaché of the Sri Lanka Mission and Ms Camila Polo Flórez, Chief of Protocol & External Relations Officer and Mr Nuno Luzio, External Relations Officer of the IAEA.

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