The beginning of 2020 signifies the entry into the third decade of the 21st century. In postgraduate education we will be welcoming the Generation Z for higher education, in preparation we have the smart class rooms, Leaning Management Systems, mobile learning (M – Learning) and student – centered learning in place.  Further, all our Postgraduate programmes are aligned with Sri Lanka Qualifications Framework (SLQF) with new by – laws.

This is also the decade Sri Lanka will strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) of Agenda 2030.  In order to achieve the Agenda 2030, we offer study programmes on Development studies, Gender and Women Studies, Environmental Management, Information Systems Management, Counselling and Psychosocial Support, Business Studies, Labour Relations and Human Resource Management, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building, Public Administration, Manufacturing Management, and Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy.  The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) has already conducted a baseline survey on SDG teaching at the Faculty and the Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2023 of FGS cite the relevant SDG Goal that will be achieved in the Activity Plan.

In contributing to Research and Development agenda, the faculty has continuously published the Colombo Journal of Multi-disciplinary Research (CJMR) since 2014. From 2020, it is planned to publish two issues per year. I seek contribution of all research students and staff to make it a success. The faculty conducts annual research sessions to disseminate new knowledge. The Development Oriented Research Grant (DOR) is continued to its second year, and with that the faculty has introduced a working paper series which all of you can view on – line via the link provided in FGS web page.

With values of academic excellence, integrity, creativity and innovation, inclusiveness and equity, accountability, respect and empathy and social justice inculcated in our postgraduate students, I welcome all of you to the faculty to achieve quality postgraduate education for sustainable development.

“A University stands for humanism. For tolerance, for reason, for the adventure of ideas and for the search of truth. It stands for the onward march of the human race towards ever higher objectives. If the Universities discharge their duties adequately, then it is well with the Nation and the People.” Jawaharlal Nehru

Senior Professor Nayani Melegoda
Senior Professor in International Relations
Ph. D (Leeds, United Kingdom) MA (British Columbia, Canada)
Advanced Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies (Uppsala, Sweden)
Japan Foundation Fellow (2011 – 2012)
Fulbright Hays Senior Fellow (2003 – 2004)