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Flinders University enters into partnership with Port City Colombo

By: Staff Writer

June 27, Colombo (LNW): Flinders University, a public research university based in Adelaide, South Australia, with a footprint extending across 11 locations in South Australia and the Northern Territory is expected to ‘significantly enhance the country’s educational offerings and provide local students with greater access to world-class education, official sources said.

Port City Colombo is set to establish a potential successful partnership with Flinders University, upon approval and finalisation by the Government of Sri Lanka and the Colombo Port City Economic Commission.

Flinders has been a centre of inspiring achievement: from pioneering research and excellence in teaching to the positive impact in the communities.for over 50 years,

Inspiration leads to innovation. But innovation is more than just a buzzword at Flinders. It extends from our founding Vice-Chancellor Peter Karmel’s entreaty to ‘experiment and experiment bravely’ through to the creative, trailblazing work of our staff, students and alumni.

Vice Chancellor of Flinders University, Professor Colin J. Stirling, recently visited Port City Colombo as part of the ongoing discussions regarding the educational investment opportunities available within this visionary master-planned city development.

He was accompanied by a delegation of officials, including Dr. Harsha Alles, Chairman, Gateway International School Group.

The delegation was welcomed by Thulci Aluwihare, Deputy Managing Director, and other representatives from CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd.

Professor Stirling’s visit to Port City Colombo was preceded by Flinders University’s milestone meeting with President Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding the set-up of an offshore international campus, which took place earlier that day.

The Flinders University delegation also met with Anura Dissanayake, the Secretary to the Prime Minister, and recently appointed Commission Member at the Colombo Port City Economic Commission, and Hon. Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Minister of Health.

The visit encompassed a curated tour and detailed presentation at the Port City Colombo Sales Gallery, where the delegation was briefed on the scope of the project, construction progress, and future projections as an upcoming regional business hub and financial centre within South Asia.

The presentation also elaborated on how Port City Colombo would incorporate a dynamic cross-cultural network for international and local students to build connections, foster impactful skillsets, and pursue a rewarding academic tenure, which would prepare them for challenging careers in the future.

The Flinders University delegation was further provided an experiential tour of particular locations at the project site, including the Marina Promenade, the Downtown Duty-Free Mall development, and the 2.5 Ha land plot allocated to the International University campus.

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