University Grants Commission
Building regenerative and transformative leadership by mainstreaming sustainability education is the future direction of the global university system. Universities in Sri Lanka have taken several efforts to promote sustainable development in educational programmes. However, a more systematic approach to sustainability education is needed to have a greater impact on educational outcomes.
In line with the above objective, a preliminary discussion was held today with the Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge, to discuss the opportunities of promoting Higher Education Sustainability Initiatives (HESI) in Sri Lanka.
Members of the Steering Committee established by the Sustainable Development Council to promote Private Sector Engagement on SDGs, representing the Sustainable Development Council, the United Nations Resident Coordinator Office and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce participated in the discussion.
The discussion led to the identification of a proactive approach to support the universities and other higher educational institutions to upgrade the standards of the current programs as well as to introduce new curricula on sustainable development. Further, initiatives to promote research and innovation for sustainable development were also discussed.