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CASCADE information session to be held in Brussels

An information session on the preliminary findings of the CASCADE project will be held in Brussels on 9th March. A copy of the Agenda is available to download.

Horizon 2020 information session held in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka (UGC) invited Professors Dilanthi Amaratunga and Richard Haigh from the CASCADE project to lead a session on Horizon 2020, the largest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

On the 2nd December 2014, the University of Huddersfield with the support from CASCADE project and also along with the EU office in Colombo, organised an event at the UGC under the direction of its Professor Ranjtih Senaratne, Vice Chairman of the UGC.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is the apex body of the University System in Sri Lanka which. The functions of the UGC are; planning and coordination of university education, allocation of funds to Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), maintenance of academic standards, regulation of the administration of HEIs and regulation of admission of students to HEIs. Its vision is to be an excellent regulatory body which guide, develop and sustain a network of ‘Centers of Excellence’ in higher education meeting the national needs and aspirations in keeping with global trends.

All 15 Sri Lankan universities are under its umbrella: University of Colombo, University of Peradeniya, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Kelaniya, University of Moratuwa, University of Jaffna, University of Ruhuna, The Open University of Sri Lanka, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Uva Wellassa University, University of the Visual & Performing Arts. Vice Chancellors of all these universities along with other scientists attended the event.

The event commenced with a welcome address by Professor Ranjith Senaratne, Vice Chair, UGC (Photograph, above). Opening remarks were provided by Professor Kshanika Hirimburegama, Chairperson, UGC. These were followed by Mr Simone Brotini, Development Cooperation Section of EU, Colombo, who spoke about Collaborating with the EU.
Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga from the Global Disaster Resilience Centre at the University of Huddersfield in the UK went on to provide a detailed overview of the EU’s Horizon 2020 scheme, including the different programmes. Professor Richard Haigh, also from the Global Disaster Resilience Centre at Huddersfield spoke about the practical steps involved in developing linkages with EU institutions. This was followed by a series of presentations on the sharing of experience and lessons learned by an EU Grantee: Professor Samantha Hettiarchchi , University of Moratuwa; Shayani Weeresinghe, University of Moratuwa; Professor A. R. Wickramasinghe, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya; and, Professor Ranil De Silva, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sri Jayewardenapura.

Second CASCADE newsletter now available

The second CASCADE newsletter is now available to download from the media centre. The newsletter includes updates from the work packages, as well as details of recent and upcoming events.

Three dissemination events held in Pakistan

The Local Councils Association of the Punjab held several CASCADE workshops with key stakeholders in Pakistan. These included:

A workshop for 32 participants on “Local governance in Pakistan” at Lahore on September 15, 2014 at the LCAP office in Lahore. The CASCADE position paper for Pakistan was presented and much appreciated by the participants of the workshop.

A seminar on “Health and wellbeing of citizens and local governments” for 123 participants was held on August 21, 2014 by LCAP at Lahore. The 1st chapter of the position paper, Pakistan “Health demographic change & wellbeing” was presented by Mr Muhammad Umar. The seminar was attended by the various walks of life including youth, women, students, and government servants from health department.

A seminar on Growing Food Insecurity in Pakistan was held under by LCAP for 43 participants on October 14, 2014 in Lahore. The Cascade position paper for Pakistan was presented. The participants of the conference appreciated the quality and methods of data collection by LCAP and Cascade.

CASCADE newsletter issue 1 available now

The first CASCADE newsletter is now available to download from the media centre. The newsletter includes updates from the work packages, as well as details of recent and upcoming events.

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