IFS announced its partnership with the University of Moratuwa to establish an IFS Endowed Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Moratuwa, at a press briefing held in Colombo. An agreement establishing this was signed between IFS and the University of Moratuwa in the presence of dignitaries and members of the media.
The partnership marks a milestone in the industry-academia collaboration in the country and will strengthen the research capability across all Faculties of the university and foster a culture of creative thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship amongst both its teaching faculty and students alike. Under the partnership, IFS will grant 18 million Rupees over a period of 3 years to establish a position of an IFS Endowed Professor/Senior Fellow for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Moratuwa.
Head Table, from L – R:* Mr. A. L. J. Sadique – Registrar,
University of Moratuwa; Prof. Rahula Attalage – Deputy Vice Chancellor,
University of Moratuwa; Prof. Ranjith Senaratne – Vice Chairman, University
Grants Commission; Prof. Ananda Jayawardane – Vice Chancellor, University
of Moratuwa; Mr. Alastair Sorbie – President & CEO, IFS Group; Mr. Ranil
Rajapakse – Vice President/COO, IFS World Operations, Sri Lanka; Mr.
Jayantha De Silva – President & CEO, IFS Sales & Consulting, Sri Lanka and
Mr. Thomas Sald – Snr. Vice President/Head of R&D, IFS World Operations
IFS recognises that a strong collaboration between industry and academia is necessary to significantly enhance the innovation entrepreneurship culture of the country. Creative thinking and an innovative mind-set is imperative for propelling economic growth and technological advancement in emerging economies such as Sri Lanka. Consequently, nurturing and building human capital, thereby creating an enabling environment, is a key driver towards achieving this.
Prof. Ananda Jayawardane and Alastaire Sorbie exchanging the agreement, on behalf of the University of Moratuwa and IFS respectively
University of Moratuwa (UoM) is also mindful of the impact of creating an innovative and entrepreneurial culture within the university, in view of adding value and wealth creation towards the country’s economic growth. The university’s vision is to be “the most globally recognized knowledge enterprise in Asia”, hence the importance of transforming UoM in to a world class university.
“We are a knowledge based company and we recognize the importance of developing intellectual infrastructure and giving it the freedom to thrive. We’re excited about partnering with the University of Moratuwa – one of the premier universities in the country – and to be a part of establishing the next generation of Sri Lanka’s creative thinkers, game-changers, entrepreneurial minds, and the workforce for the future,” said Ranil Rajapakse, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of IFS World Operations in Sri Lanka, reaffirming the company’s commitment towards strengthening its long standing relationship with the University of Moratuwa.
The Vice Chancellor of The University of Moratuwa, Prof. Ananda Jayawardane, underscored the significance of this milestone in industry-academia collaboration. Said Prof. Ananda Jayawardane: “The University of Moratuwa, an internationally recognized seat of learning and research, recognizes that nurturing activities related to research & innovation, knowledge creation, technology transfer and invention have positive ripple effects which extends beyond the parameters of academia. The concept of an Endowed Professor/Senior Fellow at the university has been proposed to complement and amplify the efforts of the university and foster a culture of innovation while reinforcing its position as the premier technological university in Sri Lanka.”
Alastair Sorbie, President and CEO of the IFS group, emphasized that a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship benefits both the industry and the nation and noted the need for industry and academia to work closely towards developing a conducive environment. “Technology is never static and innovation cannot exist in isolation. There is always a dynamic cycle of engagement, improved understanding and continuously evolving knowledge-sharing between both the industry and the academia. It is important to foster creativity and industry-academia partnerships towards future advancement, both in the business world and academia,” highlighted Sorbie.
“Over the years, IFS has a tradition of collaborating with tertiary education institutions, sharing our expertise, providing industry opportunities and building rewarding partnerships through mutual exploration and learning. We are confident that this program will assist in augmenting the talents of the students and pave the way for innovative research initiatives,” said Jayantha De Silva, President & CEO, IFS Sales & Consulting, Sri Lanka.
This partnership is poised to act as a catalyst towards fostering new innovations and commercialization, establishing start-ups, enhancing creative and innovative thinking in the future workforce and bridging the gap between industry and academia. It is also anticipated to enhance the nation’s academic competitiveness on a global platform.
Availing the experiences of last five years, IEEE Student branch of University of Moratuwa is in the frontier to launch IEEEXtreme 8.0 on 18th October starting at 05:30am in local time parallel to the global event, at the university premises
IEEEXtreme”, worldwide, online coding competition running for 24 hour time span, is organized by the IEEE, “Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers” and co-hosted locally by IEEE Student Branches in more than 80 countries globally. University of Moratuwa, the most consistent university of the competition so far is ready to take the arena again with 103 teams – holding the record for the highest number of teams from a single university, again!
The forefront technical institute maintains an exceptional record of achievements in IEEEXtreme including the global championship in Xtreme 3.0, runners-up in Xtreme 5.0 and third place in Xtreme 6.0. Apart from that, in each year university of Moratuwa is accountable for producing the highest number of teams within top 100 rankings from a single university.
Highlighting all those achievements, a session for introducing IEEEXtreme 8.0 and recognizing best performed teams of IEEEXtreme 7.0 will be held on 16th October at the Department of Electronic and Telecommunications, University of Moratuwa.
“Atrenta”, the creator of famous Predictive Analysis software platform “SPYGLASS”, joins hands this time with IEEE Student Branch of University of Moratuwa as the Platinum sponsor for IEEEXtreme 8.0 and national domain registry, “LK Domain” provides another generous sponsorship to make this massive event a success.
Enriching the algorithmic programming skills among Sri Lankan students
Considering the salient advantages by enriching the algorithmic programming skills among the Sri Lankan school, undergraduate students as well as early career graduates, IEEE Young Professionals Sri Lanka thought of having an algorithmic programming competition among Sri Lankan young programmers.
Having the constraints of informatics Olympiad, IEEE Xtreme competitions which are of similar kind but restricted to one set of group, we think of having all programmers compete in one platform to enhance the competitive advantage.
This will be a warm up session for undergraduate and graduate students who are willing to participate in the IEEE Xtreme 8.0 and will be a challenging experience for school students who could be able to share the same arena with senior programmers. The early career graduates will also witness a wonderful change having bored with working on their company projects all the time. The expected participation would be around 200+ participants.
Date: 11thOctober, 2014
Venue: University of Moratuwa & University of Peradeniya
Details submitted to us by Andun Sameera
“Today we live in a world where everything is interconnected. Your spectacles, your watch, your mobile phone and may be even your shoes. And who knows, in mere future the very chairs you sit on may communicate with your trousers.” The outset of the most awaited event of the month was marked as such.
Google has always been the core engine of almost all the internet related searches. Adding to the interest of young intellectuals, Google has launched many additions like the Google Student Ambassador Program, Google Summer Code and Google Map Making. In parallel to those, with the purpose of running the awareness and guidance to the enthusiastic Sri Lankan youth, a meet up was organized for the Google Students Group in Sri Lanka by the Google Student Ambassadors.
Akshika Wijesundara addressing the audience
The meet up, which was a result of efforts taken by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UOM, to enhance the skills of the university undergrads, was held on 3rd September 2014 at 1700hrs at CSE seminar room, UOM. The meetup was organized by Akshika Wijesundara (Engineering undergraduate of CSE), along with the fellow Google student ambassadors. It was compered by Malith Jayaweera, an Engineering undergraduate of CSE UOM. The proceedings of the meeting were followed by the welcome speech delivered by Akshika Wijesundara.
‘Google Summer of Code’ is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects. The CSE undergraduates Bhathiya Supun, Sachith Senevirathne, Sachini Herath and Buddhika Dilhan were the experienced seniors of GSoC at the gathering. The audience was thankful when these members came up with a presentation which included their experiences and a brief description of the projects each had contributed.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UOM never lack winners. The department included two out of the three winners of G-CV. The competition involved online CV creation using Google Sites and the winners were as follows.
- 1st place – Justine Win, Philippines
- 2nd place – Rajith Yashodha, Sri Lanka
- 3rd place – Sachith Senavirathne, Sri Lanka
The next in the agenda of the Google student meet up was the award presentation to the two G-CV winners Rajith and Sachith thus appreciating their noteworthy achievement.
Subsequently, the presentation on Google Map Making was staged by Dulshani Gunawardena (GSA for South East Asia). The presentation attracted a considerable attention of the audience that it was followed by a lengthy Q&A session.
“How would the accuracy of an included detail will be confirmed by the map making community?”, “Who has the authority to accept and confirm any details requested to be added?”, “How can one request his/her details to be reconsidered once the request is rejected?”
were a few questions asked and answered during the session.
A person’s interests could vary with time. The meet up was scheduled on a time when the waves of interest were flowing in an around the university premises. The new found interest was regarding the upcoming Google translate week. Adding to the mentioned interest, Kasun Gunasekara (GSA for SouthEast Asia) came up with a presentation which included essential details of the upcoming event.
The most awaited moment of the most awaited event was scheduled next. Dulshani Gunawardena, was once again on the stage with a bunch of stimulating facts and points regarding the Ambassador Summit. Adding to the interest, was a short video depicting their delightful experience in the last summit.
The meet up was an outcome of a collective effort. Its fruitfulness lied in the dedication and the support of many who were involved in the organization. The vote of thanks, which included all the gratitude towards the parties involved was delivered by Samadhi Poornima.
The crowd seemed to have gained so much interest regarding the Google Student Group – Sri Lanka and its associated events. Hoping for their enthusiastic participation in the upcoming events, the meeting was adjourned with a group photograph taken by Dilshan Pathirana.
Companies including Leapset, CodeGen, MilleniumIT, 99xTechnology, Zone24x7, Navantis, Zaizi, hSenid and some more will present to you why you should choose them for internships.
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TechEx Society of University of Moratuwa presents ‘Girls Gone Google!’
What does it take for a girl to excel in a very techie world?
Girls, join in for a very special GIRLS-ONLY event
Also, the CSE Department will launch “CSE News Magazine – Special Edition” at this event.
Google Summer of Code is celebrating 10 years of successful operations world wide. What started off as a summer program, it has grown leaps and bounds to become one of the most intensely participated coding programs for students internationally.
When talking about Google Summer of Code, no one can forget the immense contribution University of Moratuwa has made over the years. According to the statistics Google has put up in their website, University of Moratuwa is the most contributing Institute to GSoC program worldwide with the highest amount of accepted students each year and in the overall count as well. So it is very appropriate that, to mark this event, Computer Science and Engineering Faculty of University of Moratuwa organized a ceremony at the University premises.
A very special delegation representing Google headed by Chris DiBona (Director of Social Impact and Open Source – Google Inc) came down to Sri Lanka with his team, including Stephanie Taylor (Program Manager – Google Inc), Mary Radomile (Program Manager – Google Inc) and Jana Levene (Emerging Market Development – Google APAC).
During the ceremony Rohan Jayaweera, Country Consultant at Google shared his thoughts and views about GSoC. Sanjiva Weerawarana, one of the most respected Alumni members of UoM and one of the most reputed entrepreneurs in the country, participated in a panel discussion. Past GSoC-ers including Himeshi De Sila from the 2013 GSoC batch and some others previous participants gave away some tips to the future candidates who are about to get on board with their GSoC dream.
The GSoC anniversary celebration was an absolute success. With the exposure given to the concept behind GSoC and its advantages, it is much expected that more participants will take part this year and bring glory to Sri Lanka.
You can also check out our Photo Coverage of the event and our Live Blog. Our previous article about how Computer Science and Engineering Department of University of Moratuwa prepared for this event can be found here.
The special guests of the event include Chris DiBona (Director of Social Impact and Open Source – Google Inc), Mary Radomile (Program Manager – Google Inc), Stephanie Taylor (Program Manager – Google Inc), and Jana Levene (Emerging Market Development – Google APAC). Also, there will be participants from across the ICT sector in Sri Lanka as well as other key stakeholders.
More info on the event can be found here.
Event in detailed time to time updates, below.
Google Summer of Code, one of the most globally recognized and competitive programs that challenges students to write code for various open source software projects, celebrates 10 years of massive success. Since its inception in 2005, GSoC as it is popularly known, has brought together over 7,500 successful student participants from over 100 countries worldwide. This mammoth force has collectively managed to produce over 50 million lines of code.
To mark this special milestone, Computer Science and Engineering Department of University of Moratuwa, one of the world’s premier contributors to GSoC, has organized a public celebration on 23rd of this month, which will commence at 3.30 PM at the Civil Auditorium in University of Moratuwa.
Ms. Vishaka Nanayakkara, Deputy Project Director/HETC Project and Senior Lecturer at University of Moratuwa said, ‘Google Summer of Code is great initiative that has inspired student developers all over the globe. Sri Lanka, especially the University of Moratuwa over the years has performed remarkably well and has ranked at the top of the world.’ She furthermore invited students of other universities as well as institutes to contribute to GSoC and make use of this great opportunity to horn their developer skills.
Andun Sameera, a GSoC contributor in 2013 said, GSoC helped him to communicate better and effectively in a large scale development project. ‘It also introduced me to FOSS and the large software stack and tools that are enabling FOSS. Due to the success of my project I was fortunate enough to participate in world conferences.’
diGIT is proud to be the Online Media Partner for this massive event, and we will be bringing you the latest information as it happens during the event.
Expose Forum is an initiative taken by the E-Club. Electronic Club, or E-Club, is the official student body of the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa and has a rich history of its own.
The forum builds a platform where the industry and academia of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering in Sri Lanka meet, to bridge the gap and to accelerate forward.Every year the Expose Forum focuses on a timely theme and paves way to new flavors of innovation and cutting edge technologies.
Theme of Expose Forum 2013 is Facilitating New Directions for the Industry and the Graduates.
Event info: http://digit.lk/event/expose-forum-2014/
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