KDU to hold annual International Research Conference in September
The 11th International Research Conference (IRC) of
the, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) will be held
on 13th and 14th of September (2018) at the KDU campus in Ratmalana. The
annual conference of Sri Lanka's premier defence university will be held
under the theme 'Securing Professional Excellence through
A media conference was held to inform of the oncoming
International Research Conference, at the KDU today (02nd May).
The keynote address of this year's edition of the IRC
will be made by Professor Mohan Munasinghe, Vice Chair of the UN
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR4), who shared the
Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007. Professor Munasinghe is also the Chairman
of the Presidential Expert Commission on Sustainable Sri Lanka 2030
Vision. Two foreign based eminent Sri Lankan intellectuals are also been
invited to speak at the conference.
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence and Administration)
Maj Gen Indunil Ranasinghe and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
Professor Jayantha Ariyaratne, elaborated on the Conference and
the KDU to the media personnel present at the press briefing held
The IRC is a world class forum that brings
professionals and researchers of various disciplines to a common
platform to disseminate and share their valuable research findings.
Professionals and researchers from across the world who participate at
this intellectual gathering of Sri Lanka's National Defence University
will be able to present, discuss and deliberate their research findings
with peers and experts.
The KDU has commenced calling for research papers for
the 11th edition of the IRC and interested researchers may submit either
their extended abstracts or full papers under two categories to the
Conference to be held in September, this year. The deadline for
presenting papers will end on mid (15) May (2018). The previous edition
of the IRC in 2017 saw over 550 papers being submitted by both local and
international researchers of which 365 papers were published. This is a
huge increase from the initial 35 papers being submitted in the
inaugural Conference in 2008. This shows the growing importance of the
IRC in the regional conference circuit.
The Conference holds its sessions in the fields of
Defence & Strategic Studies, Engineering, Basic & Applied Sciences,
Computing, Information Technology, Management, Social Science,
Humanities, Law, Medicine, Built Environment & Spatial Sciences and
Allied Health Sciences. Therefore the Conference enriches the
contribution towards academic research with the participation of many
local and foreign academics, professionals and practitioners who present
their research at this annual event.
This year the IRC will see several new features
including the use of Skype for presentations and the participants will
be able to utilize the Digital Library facility. Selected papers will
also be published in the KDU journal.
The KDU was initially established as the 'General Sir
John Kotelawala Defence Academy' by the Parliamentary Act No 68 of 1981
and subsequently it was elevated to University status by the amendment
Act No 27 of 1988, thereby empowering it to award Bachelors' and
Postgraduate degrees in Defence Studies. It is a member of the
Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom) and maintains
necessary standards for educating and grooming Officer Cadets to meet
the challenges of modern defence management.
At present there are about 6200 undergrads including
250 foreign students following a variety of courses offered through
seven faculties here. In addition to the main campus at Ratmalana, the
KDU also has its Southern Campus at Sooriyawewa and the University
Hospital at Werahera in Colombo.
Chairperson - IRC 2018, Dr. Upali Rajapaksa and
Conference Secretary - IRC 2018, Ms. Bhagya Senaratne were also
associated with the press briefing held today.
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