Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka – 2nd International Symposium
Modelling the Issue and Challenges towards Sustainable Development
July 8th to 12th, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka
More than 200 papers were presented at this major international and multidisciplinary conference. The Symposium was divided into a Students' Forum and a Professional Forum. Within each Forum, the presentations were divided into six areas corresponding to the Faculties of SUSL.
Students and academics from every university in Sri Lanka participated in the Symposium. Among the international speakers were two Durham University students, Olivia Rae and Tom Wheaton, who presented papers on, respectively, a DU environmental sustainability project and a theological approach to sustainable development. Three others DU students attended the Symposium.
The final keynote address was given by Professor David E. Cooper, the Associate Director (Academic Affairs) of Project Sri Lanka. His topic was the relevance of aesthetic appreciation of nature to policies of sustainable development.
At the closing ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of SUSL, Professor Mahinda S. Rupasinghe, invited the Director of Project Sri Lanka, Professor Joy Palmer Cooper, to describe the Project and the growing cooperation between the universities of Durham and Sabaragamuwa that is now a significant component of the Project.