Following a preliminary visit by Aisha in April 2017 to University of Peradeniya to facilitate opportunities with key stakeholders such as charities, community nurses working in public health, alcohol, mental wellbeing, Aisha returned with Tonks to develop opportunities for PG education and research collaboration. The visit from 12th to 17th November 2017, was facilitated by Amrita Sadarangani, Regional Director, South Asia, India & South Asia Liaison Office, University of Edinburgh. During the five days in Sri Lanka, Aisha and Tonks visited three universities and met with officials from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, the Department of Commerce as well as the British High Commission and the British Council.
Key outcomes from the highly successful trip include:
- University of Sri Jayewardenepura — Clinical Elective opportunities for UoE UG Nursing students with reciprocal arrangement for UoSri
- University of Colombo — Reciprocal student and staff exchanges particularly in research and distance learning PhD for Nursing Faculty staff
- University of Peradeniya — discussions built on previous visit by Aisha and continuing development of elective opportunities and distance learning PhD for Department of Nursing Staff
At a time when Sri Lanka is looking to national and international development with an active openness for opportunities and collaborations in many areas, the University of Edinburgh is currently well positioned, due to existing educational and research links at Peradeniya University to respond to Global Health priorities.