Nugegoda, Sri Lanka: The Multidisciplinary board of study of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Sri Jayewardenepura University together with Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) has introduced Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to the university system under the theme ‘Understanding our world’.
Addressing a gathering during the workshop on developments in GIS technology and applications, Higher Education Minister SB Dissanayake said that the island nation’s educational institutions are doing appreciable work to promote the use of technology in the country.
“It is important that our universities are joining hands with global research and technology provider companies to expand their skills and capacities. The government is very keen on upgrading the international standing of our universities. Six national universities, including the University of Sri Jayewardenepura have been selected for this task. Events of this nature are in the right direction to strengthen our universities. We are in the process of expanding the academic and research capacities of our universities while encouraging open-up linkages with the industry and international institutions like Esri” the Minister noted.
“GIS at its best, is used all over the world for many purposes. I like to see it used here in Sri Lanka to give us relevant and informative information to help our people from a bottom level to us at the highest level. We all rely on you the technical people. We all know that GIS is a tool. But what you learn from here, I would like to see this tool used for the betterment of our people. We like to see this tool decide for us on what infrastructure to establish, what industries are viable to grow in our country and make sure it gives people jobs in all sectors” he added.