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KDU – IRC 2019 – International Research Conference

Upholding quality at the highest level and maintaining discipline as the core value, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), is geared to produce worthy citizens to the country. The qualifications are offered amidst a military environment where detail to perfection is ensured in the academic careers of students from both tri-forces and day-scholars.
“Our University contributes towards any issue of national importance and has focused on evolving current trends in higher education in producing high caliber graduates. The employability of these graduates who were day scholars are 100 percent and their discipline and quality education has become the hallmark in the job market,” Vice Chancellor KDU Air Vice Marshal Sagara Kotakadeniya said.
The KDU has given an opportunity for the paying students to join the university, but it is after a very comprehensive interview according to the qualifications and requirements. Top Z score is mandatory in this regard, he said at an interview with Observer Education.
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KDU, a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field of Defence and Strategic Studies, Engineering, Medicine, Law, Management, Social Sciences and Humanities, Allied Health Sciences, Built Environment and Spatial Sciences and Computing.
The prime objective of KDU is to groom officer cadets to become outstanding and dedicated Military Officers and to produce outstanding graduates to serve as professionals in the civilian sector in diverse fields while maintaining the world-class standards.
The KDU will organise an International Research Conference focusing on a timely topic in its efforts to contribute towards the national interest of the country.
KDU has been in the forefront of territory education in Sri Lanka for well over three decades playing a unique and prominent role in undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the country. KDU takes pleasure in announcing the 12th International Research Conference (IRC) under the theme of ‘Challenges to Humankind in the Face of New Technologies’ which will be held on September 11 and 12 at KDU in Ratmalana. The Conference will feature pre-conference workshops on September 10, which are aimed at offering focused and in-depth discussion on selected topics, plenary sessions and technical sessions are also planned under following disciplines and topics.

• Defence and Strategic Studies-
With participation of local and international military personnel and civil intellectuals.
Challenges to Humankind in the Face of New Technologies; Defence Perspective
• Engineering-
Covering Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical and Marine Engineering
Challenges Facing Humankind with the Advances in Engineering
• Computing
Encompassing Computer and information technology fields.
Smart Solutions for Challengers Facing Human Kind in the Information Age
• Medicine
Which covers Preclinical, Para Clinical and Clinical areas of medicine.
Dilemma in Medicine: Technology and Humanities in Healthcare
• Basic and Applied Sciences
Encompassing Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Physics, Mathematica and Chemistry.
Harmonising knowledge with application
• Allied Health Sciences
Covering Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Pharmacy, Radiology and Physiotherapy.
Diversification of Research in Health Sciences towards the Betterment of Human Life
• Law
Covering Public and International Law, Private and Comparative Law, Commercial Law and Military Law.
Humankind in the Face of New Technology: Challenges and Aspirations in Law
• Management, Social Sciences and Humanities
Covering Management, Social Sciences, Language, Political Science and Economics.
Challenges in Management, Social Sciences and Humanities in the face of New Technologies
• Built Environment and Spatial Sciences
Covering Architecture, Landscaping, Quantity Surveying and Surveying.
Rise of The Indian Ocean Rim Region: Global common and the Asian Renaissance
Pre-Conferences
Allied health Science – How can we develop a modern and novel accredited academic curriculum?
Medicine- Addressing emerging health challenges through primary health care
Law- Workshop of Intellectual Property Law
Foreign Participants
Defence and Strategic Studies:
Maj.Gen. Shuliak Viktor Vasilievich, RUSSIA
Maj. Gen. Arvind Bhatia, INDIA
Maj. Gen. Asif Ali, HI (M), PAKISTAN
RAdm (Dr.) SuyonoThamrin, INDONESIA
Col Mohamed Ibrahim, MALDIVES
Dato Akhtar Zainudin, MALAYSIA
Dr. Sara De Silva, UAE
Engineering: RAdm (Retd.) Simon Henley CEng FRAeS, UK
Computing: Prof. Abhaya Induruwa, UK
Law: Dr. James Griffin, UK
Prof. Arvind Jasrotia, INDIA
Allied Health Sciences: Dr.Chulananda Gunasekera, UK
Dr. Margot Skinner, NEW ZEALAND
Medicine: Prof. Reider K Lie, NORWAY
Prof. MoiMeng Ling, JAPAN
Management, Social Sciences and Humanities: Prof. Bob Simpson, UK
The conference aims and objectives could be listed as follows:
To bring together leading academics, scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results

  • To inspiring setting to start new research, strategies, best practices and innovation
  • To building multidisciplinary networks to provide opportunities for academics from a range of disciplines and countries to share their research
  • To receive informal in-depth feedback through discussions and to enable them to establish contact with professionals in other countries and institutions
  • To achieve academic reputation to KDU as a leading university in Sri Lanka through IRC
  • To discuss a timely significant theme pertinent to the national interest of Sri Lanka
    Keynote speaker
    The conference theme of this year is Challenges to Humankind in the face of New Technologies and Professor Abhaya Induruwa is the best person to be the keynote speaker. We are so honored to have such an internationally recognised Sri Lankan expert to grace our research conference with his immense knowledge on the research theme.
    Professor Abhaya Induruwa is considered the father of the Internet in Sri Lanka. He is the inaugural Professor V K Samaranayake Endowed Professor of Computing, University of Colombo, School of Computing, Sri Lanka. Currently, he serves as the Director of Centre for Cybercrime and Security Innovation (CCSI) in the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom where he leads research into security and forensic investigation of Internet of Things (IoT).
    There will be an online platform for the global viewers. The KDU has received 594 papers out of which the organisers have selected 342 papers with contribution of 1,200 local and foreign authors.
    The KDU with military discipline aims to produce quality citizens by providing good education, international exposure, leadership and ensures development of soft skills of youth.
    There will be a lineup of events organised by the university at the KDU Day to create an awareness on its capabilities among the public. The KDU Care is the research arm of the university. A think tank named ‘KDU Plus’, as a novel initiative will be unveiled shortly, which would add more value to the research and development in the strategic domain.

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