The University of Jaffna and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 14th March 2017 for the educational and research cooperation at Masters and PhD level. The agreement is taking part of five years of joint NORPART project. This focus on student and staff exchange within the fields of nanomaterial and clean energy technology. The main research area of the project will be new generations of solar cell technologies. The project also aims to establish a master program at the University of Jaffna in clean energy technologies and to facilitate joint supervision and dissemination. The project is funded by the Norwegian government and has a budget of 80 million rupees.
This project is coordinated by Professor Dhayalan Velauthapillai from Faculty of Engineering and Business Administration, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway and Professor Punniamoorthy Ravirajan, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The MOU was signed by Dr. Bjorg Kristin Selvik, Pro-Rector and Profesor Vasanthy Arasaratnam, Vice Chancellor. This event was grased by His Excellency Tharbjorn Gaustadscaether, Ambassader of the Kingdon of Norway to Sri Lanka. This project will be colloboratively carried out by the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Technology of the University of Jaffna. Dr. A. Anburuvel will coordinate all the related work from the Faculty of Engineering. The MOU signing event was held at the Faculty of Science and the team visited to the Faculty of Engineering after signing the MOU.