The International Confucian Forum: International Seminar in Colombo

The ‘International Confucian Forum: International Seminar in Colombo’ organized and sponsored by the University of Kelaniya together with the International Confucian Association and co-organized by the BFSU Academy of Comparative Civilizations and Intercultural Communication was successfully held on the 1st and 2nd of December 2017 in Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo. The International Confucian Forum: International Seminar in Colombo was held under the theme: “One Belt One Road”. The reunification of bilateral relations between the two countries from the past and the creation of new, educational, social and economic relations were among the purposes of this International Confucian Forum.
Mr. Teng Wensheng, President of the International Confucian Association, delivered the keynote speech on the “Exchange and Mutual Learning on the Ancient Silk Road and Today’s Coorporative Construction along Today’s Belt and Road”. The International Confucian Forum: International Seminar in Colombo provided a platform to study and summarize the historical experiences of economic, political and cultural relations among different civilizations along the ancient Silk Road and also to promote ‘One Belt One Road ‘initiative that has been implemented, he added.
Researchers from 15 countries, including China, India and Sri Lanka, had submitted research papers for the International Confucian Forum. Most of the research were carried out on the relations that had been maintaining among the countries since past and the current social, political trends in those relations. The opportunity was given to submit the Research papers in Chinese, English and Sinhala languages and a number of 24 research papers were presented during this International Confucian Forum.
Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka graced the event as the Guest of Honour. Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Prof. Sarath Amunugama, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Prof. Lakshman Senevirathne Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Ratnayake, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Dr. P.N.D. Fernando, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies, Prof. B.M. Jayawardena, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Cadre Chair of Medical Micro Biology & Chairman of Research Council Senior Prof. N.P Sunil-Chandra, Mr. Yi Xianliang, His Excellency the Ambassador, People’s Republic of China to Sri Lanka, Mr. Pan Guang, Ambassador, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and representatives of the International Confucian Association were present at the occasion.
Prof. Ma Chung Wu, Deputy Dean of BFSU Academy of Comparative Civilizations and Intercultural Communication and Prof. Jian Xiaoxiao, Head of the Department of Sinhala, BFSU Academy of Comparative Civilizations and Intercultural Communication were also present at this event.
The Confucian Forum was coordinated by Ven. Prof. Malwane Chandraratana Thero, Head of Department of Sinhala, Prof. Nimal Mallawa Arachchi of the Department of Sinhala, Ms. Mahishi Ranaweera of the Department of English Language Teaching, Dr. Kumari Jayasuriya, Chinese Section of the Department of Modern Languages. The Forum was also participated by other academic staff and many undergraduates of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Kelaniya.