On 5 August 2014, Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Sri Lanka’s General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate academic cooperation between the two educational institutions.
The MOU was signed at a ceremony held at the Sri Lanka Consulate in Sydney by CSU Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann and the Vice Chancellor of KDU, Major General Milinda Peiris. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Australia, Admiral T.S.G. Samarasinghe, who has played an active role in the negotiations between the two universities, noted that the collaboration will enhance Sri Lanka’s vision of establishing itself as a knowledge hub in the Asian region. He identified CSU as the partner of choice as it is both a leading university in distance education and the world’s largest provider of university education in law enforcement, counter-terrorism, emergency management, customs and border security.
Professor Andrew Vann indicated that collaboration provides an ideal opportunity to take Australian higher education to the Asian region, initially by offering CSU’s specialised programs in customs and border management which are accredited by the World Customs Organization.
Mr. Bandula Jayasekera, Sri Lanka Consul General for NSW & QLD, Professor David Widdowson, Head of CSU’s Centre for Customs and Excise Studies and staff from both universities were also present at the event.