University welcomes Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka

Links between South Asia and the University of Leicester have been strengthened following the visit from Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commissioner.

Manorie Mallikaratchy met with University staff and some of its Sri Lankan students, on Tuesday 12 September, to explore partnership opportunities.

The University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nishan Canagarajah, who is from Sri Lanka, welcomed the Deputy High Commissioner, before colleagues from the Research and Enterprise Division discussed research links with the country.  

The visit was concluded with a presentation from the University’s Future Students Office about student engagement opportunities.  

Felicity Lawrence, Global Business Operations Manager, said: “Connecting with dignitaries provides our students with a unique opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, global leaders. This can help them to develop their own skills and knowledge, and to prepare them for successful careers in a globalised world.  

“Global partnerships can also offer our students a number of other opportunities and benefits, such as access to world-class education and research, exposure to new cultures and perspectives, opportunities to network and build relationships, and enhanced career prospects.” 

Professor Canagarajah said: “As part of our international strategy we aim to develop world-leading research collaborations and strategic high-quality international partnerships.  

“Studying at Leicester offers an international experience accessible to all students and we are keen to develop the very fruitful discussions we had with the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner.”