Following the “Kizuna Project” which was implemented in 2012 in accordance with the Sixth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM6) Okinawa Kizuna Declaration, the Government of Japan announced the JENESYS 2.0 Project as a new initiative of Japan’s commitment to further promote people-to-people exchange and build closer relations between Japan and Pacific Island Countries.  This Project will lead to strengthening friendship and deepening mutual understanding between Japanese and Pacific island youths.

The Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of External Affairs and the Embassy of Japan, selected 5 students and 1 supervisor from the University of Colombo; who were nominated to be part of this youth exchange programme. They took part in the SAARC University Invitation Program 2013 which was held in Japan from 10 – 15 of June 2013.

Participants: Dr. Samantha Padmasiri Kaluarachchi, Senior Lecturer (Faculty of Management and Finance – Supervisor), Mr. Ishanka Praneeth Munugoda (Faculty of Medicine), Ms. Madduma Ralalage Hemalee Abaayawickrama (Faculty of Law), Ms. Shayani Raneesha Jayasinghe (Faculty of Arts), Ms. Sulakkhana Prabashwari Diyabalangei (Faculty of Law) and Mr. Sudham Udana Dewaraja (Faculty of Science).