31st January, 2017 – Workshop on Human Rights and Multiculturalism
1st February, 2017 – Inauguration of the NORPART Project
Formal launching of the NORPART Project was held in the Senate Room of the University of Peradeniya on 1st February 2017 at a ceremony with the participation of the Chief Guest H.E. Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice-Chancellor, University of Peradeniya and Director, PGIHS Prof. Ananda Jayawickrama and Prof. Lena Lybaek and Prof. Ådne Valen-Sendstad (USN) who were visiting the University of Peradeniya for project planning discussions. In addition to the two representatives of the partner university from Norway and colleagues from the University, the event was also attended by representatives of agencies promoting human rights, reconciliation and multiculturalism in the country.
20th June, 2017 – Curriculum Development Workshop
The Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS) is planning to introduce a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Multiculturalism in the academic year 2019. This Degree Programme is part of a Project supported by the Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART). The curriculum of the proposed programme is currently being developed jointly by PGIHS and the University of South-eastern Norway (USN), the Norwegian partner of the Project.
A workshop was held on the 20th of June 2017 from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon at the Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Peradeniya, to discuss the draft curriculum of the study programme with 25 stakeholders and experts in the field.
5th – 18th May, 2017 – Research Development Meetings (Batticaloa/Vauniya/Colombo/Nuwara Eliya)
6th February 2019 - Meeting to Introduce New Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Multiculturalism
The Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS), University of Peradeniya is in the process of introducing a master’s degree in Human Rights and Multiculturalism. This degree programme is a part of the Norwegian Partnership for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART) project jointly carry out with the University of South-eastern Norway (USN), Norway. The degree programme will be particularly useful for development professionals in the state sector, NGO workers/activists, school teachers and researchers working on human rights issues and graduates who are aspiring to develop their professional career in human rights.
A meeting to introduce the degree programme was held on 06th February 2019 from 04.00 P.M. to 06.00 P.M at the PGIHS Auditorium, University of Peradeniya.The aim of the meeting was to provide an understanding on the new Master’s degree programme. Further, the event provided an opportunity for the potential applicants to meet some of the teachers involved in the degree programme. At the meeting, we had invited Professor Jayadeva Uyangoda to present a review of the Degree programme.