The annual research conference 2014 of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, , was held on the 21st and 22nd of August under the theme “Expanding Developmental Horizons through Education, Research and Innovation”. The conference brought together distinguished researchers from an array of disciplines such as Engineering and Technical Sciences, Medicine, Allied Health Sciences, Law, Management Social Sciences & Humanities, Mathematics and Defence Studies. This year’s conference drew together more than 175 scholars to present their research in eight parallel sessions.
The inauguration of KDU International Research Conference 2014 was attended by numerous distinguished invitees. Dr Sarath Amungama, Senior Minister of International Monetary Cooperation & Deputy Minister of Finance & Planning graced the occasion as the chief guest and delivered the keynote address. In his speech, Dr Amunugama stressed the importance of identifying specific strengths a country has in order to gain a comparative advantage in global economy. He reiterated that country must engage in creating the soft infrastructure; specially a modern educational system, that is necessary for growth and making Sri Lanka a hub of education in the region.
This conference also recorded the participation of a number of foreign and local dignitaries as plenary speakers. Senior military officers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and China spoke in the Defence plenary session. The plenary sessions of other faculties also saw the participation of eminent scholars of their respective disciplines.
This year’s conference aimed to provide a platform for disseminating research findings, exchanging contemporary knowledge and building partnerships and collaborations to advanced research and thereby contribute to development.