World Maritime University awards Prof. (Capt) Nalaka Jayakody ‘Outstanding Alumnus’ | Daily News

World Maritime University awards Prof. (Capt) Nalaka Jayakody ‘Outstanding Alumnus’

Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of World Maritime University, often renowned as the ‘Ocean Influencer’, and Prof (Dr) Captain Nalaka Jayakody
Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of World Maritime University, often renowned as the ‘Ocean Influencer’, and Prof (Dr) Captain Nalaka Jayakody

VC and CEO of Northshore International Campus (Dr) Capt Nalaka Jayakody, an academic and Master Mariner, was bestowed an Outstanding Alumnus award on 1 November by the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden, making him the first proud recipient from South Asia.

This award was conferred at the convocation by the Chancellor of WMU Kitack Lim who is also the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Prof Jayakody obtained his Master of Science (MSc) in Maritime Education and Training (MET) from WMU. This two year full-time programme in 2000-2001 was prior to pursuing his Doctor of Science (DSc) in Maritime Affairs from Dalian Maritime University in China where he also served as a Professor.

Commenting on this incredible achievement, President of the World Maritime University, Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, stated ‘It is always a great pleasure to be in close contact with our graduates, and to be able to recognise such an eminent graduate and one who has made such an impact in the field of education is an immense pleasure. Professor Jayakody is an example of how, if we work together, we can transform our world and ensure sustainable development for everyone in it.’

Prof Jayakody was the first and only Sri Lankan to be elected Vice President of the Student Council.

‘I always cherish the memorable moments spent at WMU two decades ago, and my learning and achievements during my time here has with no doubt contributed significantly to my ambitions and aspirations,’ said Prof Nalaka Jayakody.

Prior to this, Prof Jayakody was the Vice President of CINEC, having joined the higher education institute as a lecturer in 1998 and quickly rose to senior lecturer, head of the department, dean of the faculty, and director.

Prior to entering the world of academia, Prof Jayakody was the Master of a merchant ship, having sailed with various types of vessels from 1984 to 1998 in ascending ranks of seniority.

He takes great pride in being the first and only Sri Lankan Master Mariner and one of the very few in the world to obtain a doctorate and become a professor to date. Prof Jayakody’s two other well notable awards include the recent International Leadership Innovation Excellence Award’ 2019 by IES India, and ‘Award of Academic Excellence’ 2014 by His Excellency the then President of Sri Lanka.