Feb 14, Colombo: Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama today visited the building complex of the Faculty of Dental Sciences and Dental Hospital (Teaching) at the University of Peradeniya built with the support of Japan’s grant aid. Ambassador Sugiyama received a guided tour of the complex by a university representative
The Dental School, which was constructed in 1998 at a cost of Rs. 1.2 billion through a grant by the Government of Japan. The grant included the construction of physical facilities and provision of modern equipment needed for teaching, patient care, student facilities and research.
Ambassador Sugiyama noted he was pleased to learn the progress made by the Faculty during the past two decades following the relocation in 1998, particularly in its expansion of services to the public.
At present, the Faculty accommodates over 200 undergraduate students and has expanded to offer Masters, MPhil and PhD Degree programs for both local and foreign graduates whilst treating over 90,000 patients annually.
Further, Japan has helped to improve the quality of the education and research programs in the field of dentistry in Sri Lanka and has extended support for the capacity building of academic staff of the Faculty under the Japanese technical cooperation programs.
“We hope the Faculty will continue its valuable services to its motherland, contributing to the development of both education and health sectors in the many years ahead,” the Ambassador said.
The Japanese Ambassador also visited the factory of Noritake Lanka Porcelain in Matale on Friday.
Since its inception as a manufacturer of porcelain in 1904, Noritake has expanded its business consistently over the years and in 1972 established Lanka Porcelain (Private) Limited, tableware plant which was the first Sri Lanka-Japan joint venture in Sri Lanka.
Noritake, a hallmark of the highest standards in porcelain ware, is not limited to daily home use but mostly utilized for professional use in hotels and restaurants worldwide.
Ambassador Sugiyama appraised the representatives of Noritake for their commitment and contribution in Porcelain industry in Sri Lanka and for their active role in promoting Japan-Sri Lanka business relations.