Senior Professor (Dr) Rohana P Mahaliyanaarachchi
M.Sc Agric (Plovdiv), Ph.D (Pdn)
Senior Professor (Dr) Rohana Pandukabhaya Mahaliyanaarachchi has been appointed as the 5th Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts by HE the President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka with effect from the 13th of October, 2020. Professor Mahaliyanaarachchi was the third Vice-Chancellor of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka whereby he served in this post from 2005 -2008. He is an old boy of Royal College, Colombo 07 and has completed his first degree in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Professor Mahaliyanaarchchi obtained his doctorate from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He is a post-doctoral commonwealth fellow at University of Reading, UK. He was the Academic Advisor at the Sri Lanka Military Academy from 2008 to 2014. He is an internationally accepted Quality Assurance expert in Universities and veteran University top administrator.
Message from Vice Chancellor
It is indeed a pleasure to issue a message for 2021 for the University of the Visual and Performing Arts. The University of the Visual and Performing Arts (UVPA), one of the 15 National Universities in Sri Lanka, functioning under the University Grants Commission, Ministry of Education has a long history which runs to the late 1800 years. Therefore, this institute is one of the oldest higher education institutes in Sri Lanka.
Please allow me to briefly explain my vision for the enhancement of the status of the UVPA during the next three years in office as the Vice Chancellor. My vision is to make the “University of the Visual and Performing Arts to be a leading university in Asia in this field of study with the highest caliber of research, broader international recognition and effective knowledge dissemination.”
My major task is to uplift the rank of the UVPA both nationally and internationally. Hence, I will take initiatives to upgrade the quality of the University by applying performance indicators of Times Higher Education World University Rankings which is the only global performance table that judges research-intensive universities across all their core missions of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
Towards archiving these tasks, within January 2021, the University publishing house as Oxford University press, named VAPA publishers will be established aiming to publishing of books and creative material as Music DVDs, Dance, Drama and Film DVDs produced by the students & academic staff of UVAP and other Universities in Sri Lanka and other young and experienced professionals in the field of Fine Arts and allied areas.
The next project is to establish the University TV channel namely, the VAPA Television at the University of the Visual and Performing Arts aiming education as the main purpose and entertainment aiming to popularize the highest quality aesthetic taste of the public as the auxiliary purpose.
During 2021, the University plans to introduce a fully-fledged e management system aiming the highest efficiency of work, reducing cost of administration, and a 24/7 working schedule. This will firstly, increase the efficiency of administrative processes within institutions and secondly, will lessen the administrative burden faced by all staffs during this process.
I wish success, prosperity and good health to all of you in 2021.
Snr. Professor Rohana P Mahaliyanaarachchi