Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David Holly, and Counsellor (Education and Research), Australian High Commission in New Delhi Brett Galt-Smith visited the National Science Foundation (NSF) on 20.02.2020 with a view to promoting academic cooperation and research collaboration between Australian institutions and Sri Lankan universities and R & D institutions.
Chairman of NSF Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, while appreciating the immense contribution made by Australia in strengthening research in Sri Lankan universities and R & D institutions through capacity building and competency enhancement, discussed possible areas for expanding cooperation between the two countries which would be mutually rewarding.
The High Commissioner reiterated the commitment of Australia to strengthening cooperation with Sri Lanka and underlined the importance of developing an overarching framework at national level to facilitate such cooperation. Several areas, including natural resource management, agriculture, aquaculture, health and disaster management were identified for cooperation in keeping with the national policy of Sri Lanka and core competencies of Australia. The NSF would liaise closely with the Australian High Commission to take cooperation between the two countries to a new high. Senior administrative and scientific staff of the NSF also participated in the discussion.