Preliminary discussions on hosting an International Forum: International Seminar in Colombo

Mr. Niu Xiping, the Secretary General of the International Confucian Association and delegates called upon the Vice Chancellor Prof. D.M. Semasinghe on the 25th of August 2017 at the Vice Chancellor’s Office. The University of Kelaniya and the International Confucian Association held a preliminary discussion regarding an International Forum: International Seminar in Colombo which is scheduled to be held by the end of this year.

Since the Qing and Han Dynasties in China, the Maritime Silk Road, just like the Continental Silk Road, has long been a bridge for economic, political and cultural exchanges between Asia, Africa and Europe, and has significantly promoted the mutual learning and joint development of the countries involved. For the purpose of studying and summarizing related historical experiences and supporting the ongoing construction of the “One Belt and One Road” in the 21st century, they hereby plan to unite with relevant academic and cultural organizations in Sri Lanka to hold an international seminar in Colombo on the theme of “historical exchanges along the Maritime Silk Road & mutual learning between Asian, African and European civilizations”.

Invited to this seminar will mainly be scholars from countries along the Maritime Silk Road in Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia, North Africans Southern Europe as well as some from other countries and regions involved in the study of the history of the Silk Road.

The discussion was attended by Prof. Lakshman Seneviratne, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Ratnayake, Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Ven. Malvane Chandaratana, the Head of the Department of Sinhala, Prof. Nimal Karunarathne of the Department of Sinhala, Ms. Mahishi Ranaweera of the Department of English Language Teaching, Dr. Kumari Priyanka Jayasuriya Menike of the Department of Modern Languages and W.M. Karaunaratne, the Registrar.