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Prof Capt. Jayakody acknowledged with the Outstanding Alumnus award by WMU

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Prof Capt. Nalaka Jayakody was recently acknowledged with the Outstanding Alumnus award by the World Maritime University (WMU) at the 2022 Graduation Ceremony held in Malmö, Sweden on Monday (31).The award was conferred by WMU Board of Governors, made up of 30 members from various countries and having a range of expertise, ex officio members who represent the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Government of Sweden, and the City of Malmö.

The ceremony was attended by the Chancellor/Secretary General IMO Kitack Lim, President of WMU Dr Cleopatra Duombia-Henry, Board of Governors, WMU staff, and many special invitees and dignitaries.Prof Jayakody is the first and only recipient of this prestigious recognition from South Asia.

In his speech at the President’s dinner, Prof Jayakody said: ‘This remarkable acknowledgement certainly marks an important milestone in both my career and life, and to also make my country [Sri Lanka] proud in the midst of the nation’s difficult and challenging times.’

To date, Prof Jayakody is also the first and only Lankan Master Mariner to obtain a Doctorate and become a professor.Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President WMU said: ‘We are proud to recognise such an eminent graduate, and one who has made such an impact in the field of maritime and education. Professor Jayakody is an example of how, if we work together, we can transform our world and ensure sustainable development for everyone in it.’

Prof Jayakody graduated with an MSc in Maritime Education and Training (MET) from WMU in 2001, prior to pursuing his Doctorate in Maritime Affairs from Dalian Maritime University in China. During his study at the WMU, Prof Jayakody was the VP of the Student Council and represented WMU at the Malmo Dragon Boat Race for two consecutive years including being awarded the Sportsman of the Year in 2001.

Some of his key appointments include Advisor – National Task Force, IMO implementation of Ballast Water Convention including being heavily involved in the implementation of STCW 2010, Board Director – Maritime Training Academy Seychelles and Fiji Maritime Academy, Chairman – Nautical Institute (NI-UK) Sri Lanka Branch – Vice President of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT-UK) Sri Lanka Branch.

Prof Jayakody was also the Vice President at CINEC, President – Sri Lanka Association of Non -State Higher Education Institutes, Advisor to Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) on Higher Education, Advisor to Ministry of Higher Education including World Bank projects. Prof Jayakody is currently the Vice Chancellor/CEO of Saegis Campus, a leading higher education institution in the country.

He was also awarded the International Leadership Innovation Excellence Award in 2019 by IES India and ‘Award of Academic Excellence’ 2014 by the then President of Sri Lanka. Prior to his stint in academia, Prof Jayakody is a well experienced seafarer, having sailed with various types of vessels and travelled to over 90 countries working with diverse cultures and people. He received his maritime training from the Australian Maritime College (AMC) including a Master Mariner qualification from RMIT, Australia in 1994.

Prof Jayakody is also a speaker at various national and international maritime forums, and have significantly assisted and contributed to Sri Lanka’s maritime and higher education sectors through diverse involvements. He is a Fellow and Life Member of numerous professional bodies including Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka.

The World Maritime University (WMU) was founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, as its premier centre of excellence for maritime postgraduate education, research, and capacity building. With 5,634 alumni from 171 countries and territories, WMU has created a global network of leaders in the maritime and oceans sectors.



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President Ranil Wickremasinghe called upon the chief prelates of the Asgiriya and Malwatta chapters on Thursday (02) morning to seek their blessings ahead of the 75th Independence day celebrations.

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BBC reported that the United States has secured access to four additional military bases in the Philippines – a key bit of real estate which would offer a front seat to monitor the Chinese in the South China Sea and around Taiwan.

With this deal, Washington has stitched the gap in the arc of US alliances stretching from South Korea and Japan in the north to Australia in the south.

The missing link had been the Philippines, which borders two of the biggest potential flashpoints, Taiwan and the South China Sea, or the West Philippine Sea as Manila insists on calling it.

The US already had limited access to five sites under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) – the new additions and expanded access, according to a statement from Washington, will “allow more rapid support for humanitarian and climate-related disasters in the Philippines, and respond to other shared challenges”, likely a veiled reference to countering China in the region.

The statement came after Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin met Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr in Manila on Thursday.

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Nuland accuses China of failing to help SL with ‘credible and specific assurances’ acceptable to IMF

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Nuland addressing the media in Colombo (pic by Thushara Atapattu)

US hopes LG polls will be held in March

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US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, yesterday said China had not provided credible and specific assurances to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Sri Lanka to overcome the current economic crisis.

Addressing the media in Colombo, Nuland said: “What China has offered so far is not enough. We need to see credible and specific assurances that they will meet the IMF standard of debt relief. We, the United States, are prepared to do our part. Our Paris Club partners are prepared to do their part. India has made strong commitments that it will provide the credible assurances the IMF is looking for.”

Nuland said that India and the Paris Club had given strong assurances to the IMF to help Sri Lanka to obtain a $2.9 billion bailout.

“We want to see an IMF program as quickly as possible. That is what Sri Lanka deserves; that is what Sri Lanka needs,” Nuland said.

Nuland said the US would give Sri Lanka an additional USD 30 million to provide 96,000 schoolchildren with food.

She said Sri Lankans had taken to the streets, last year, demanding cleaner, accountable and inclusive governance, with transparency, and the government was expected to hold the elections to enable people to enjoy their democratic rights.

Nuland said that the US was glad to see that consultation between the government and other parties towards reconciliation had commenced. She said that she had met with members of the Tamil political parties, earlier yesterday. “We hope that the dialogue will continue to achieve real results such as return of the lands to their rightful owners.”

Nuland said that the US hoped that local elections would be held in March, the dialogue commenced for reconciliation would continue, and the Prevention of Terrorism Act would be reformed to meet international standards.

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