The rate of internationalization is growing rapidly in all over the world, with unhindered communication channels and inexpensive travel. International relationship in higher education is important since its leads to innovations in knowledge, the free exchange of ideas, and enduring bonds between institutions and industries. Universities across the world are seeking to make the most of the possibilities by forming global partnerships and fostering relationships with other institutions.
In this background, the International Division of the University of Vavuniya was established in October 2021 with the objective to enrich the academic, economic, and cultural dimensions of the University by establishing international collaborations with individuals and institutions. The international division is operating under the direct guidance of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Vavuniya. The International Division will develop long-term and sustainable collaborative activities for all disciplines of the University and will be responsible for planning, managing, and promoting international relations with foreign universities, research institutes, Consulates/Embassies, industries, and other networks. Also, this Division will be in charge of welcoming international students, delegations and guests.
The proposed International Division of the University of Vavuniya will engage its activities in three major aspects: Research, Teaching, and Students’ activities. In terms of research, the division will expect to develop collaborative research programs and global student group projects with foreign universities. With regard to teaching, the International Division will prepare the students for careers in a global economy through the international collaborative training programmes, workshops and student exchange programmes. From the student’s perspective, the proposed Division will expose the student’s talents and promotes their ideas with other universities and industries. In addition, the division will be expected to facilitate international students’ activities at the University of Vavuniya. In future, the proposed International Division will facilitate collaborative degrees such as joint and split undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.