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Universities should produce creative individuals - Vice Chancellor Prof. Sudantha Liyanage

Dean of the Faculty Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda presenting the literary work "Ran Rasu" to the Vice Chancellor Senior Prof. Sudantha Liyanage of USJP. Picture by Roshan Pitipana.
Dean of the Faculty Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda presenting the literary work "Ran Rasu" to the Vice Chancellor Senior Prof. Sudantha Liyanage of USJP. Picture by Roshan Pitipana.

Well-known literary scholar Chulananda Samaranayake highlighted the importance of nurturing and producing graduates with a growth mindset and creativity rather than focusing on producing graduates as per the demands of the labour market.

He spoke of this while delivering the keynote speech at the Faculty Publications Day of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of University of Sri Jayewardenepura yesterday.

"Unemployment is not a consequence of our policies but rather an issue connected with the personality of graduates. Universities should produce creative individuals that are capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is rotating in a different direction. There would be more space for those who use their skills practically. Therefore, the universities should focus on producing graduates that are skilful and capable of facing challenges" he added.

He also added that Universities should turn into thinking tanks. "Universities should foster literature and encourage students to produce more and more literary pieces," he said. Two main publications were launched at the "Faculty Publications Day. "Disi Widesi," a collection of poetry done by the undergraduates of the faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic and "Ran Rasu" literary works were launched at the event.

Furthermore, five literary works of undergraduates and literary works of the academic staff were also launched at the event.

The Vice-Chancellor and Senior Professor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sudantha Liyanage highlighted the importance of changing the Education paradigm to produce graduates with creativity and problem-solving skills.

Furthermore, Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda highlighted the fact that University students should take the initiative in creating interest within the society around literary works which could in the long term lead to a literary resurgence in arts and culture in Sri Lanka.