“This cooperation lasts long time” - The first staff exchanges between Metropolia and University of Colombo started


The first staff exchanges were implemented in the beginning of October 2018, when three Deans from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, came to Metropolia. The visitors were Professor Manjula Vithanapathirana, Faculty of Education; Professor JKD Sumedha Jayanetti, Faculty of Technology; and Professor Devaka K Weerakoon, Faculty of Nursing.

The collaboration between Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and University of Colombo started in December 2016, when the institutions signed Memorandum of Understanding. In 2017, this collaboration was promoted by Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility for the program years 2017-2019 and in 2018 for the program years 2018-2020.

Professor Manjula Vithanapathirana (left), professor Sumedha Jayanetti, professor Devaka K Weerakoon

Professor Sumedha Jayanetti visited the Department of Clean Technology, Electric and Automation Technology for five days.  During these days, he had a chance to meet with many experts at Metropolia in Leppävaara, Arabia and Myyrmäki Campuses. The host of his visit was Mr Jari Olli, Head of the Department.

“This visit has been very nice and positive to me. I had a chance to share experiences with the students and staff of Metropolia. I saw a lot of possibilities we can make use of, for example staff exchanges between these two institutions. By teacher exchange, we can share experiences of teaching and laboratory work. I can see that we can have student exchanges, especially with department of Clean Technology, Automotive and Mechanical engineering and Electria. I observed very impressive development in these units".

"We are going to have cooperation, which lasts longer than just a couple of years”, Sumedha Jayanetti said and was very grateful to Jari Olli and Aija Ahokas who hosted this visit.


Head of the Department Jari Olli
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