Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, professor M. D. Lamawansa arrived to Kursk on a business visit that took place largely thanks to Honorary Consul of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Kursk, director of the International medical institute of KSMU Mohamad Toufic Chahine with the support of the rector of KSMU Victor Lazarenko and the Administration of the Kursk region.

On August 30, 2020 the event dedicated to the international friendship between Russian and Sri Lankan people took place at the park “Boeva Datcha”. Giving his welcoming speech, the Ambassador, professor M. D. Lamawansa emphasized that it was the first offline meeting, which was held with the participation of the Sri Lankan embassy after the pandemic. It was organized in Kursk due to close and longstanding cooperation with Kursk state medical university.

– “The very same day 25 years before, in 1995, the first 5 students arrived from Sri Lanka to study at KSMU. From then onwards, more than 1000 Sri Lankan students were qualified as doctors at Kursk university and successfully work not only in Sri Lanka, but also in different countries of the world. The main educational process is held at our university and practical activity during summer holidays and examination period – in the home area, namely, in Colombo. Students from Kursk visit Sri Lanka as well in order to exchange the experience in the field of practical training. It is no coincidence that in 2010 the President of Sri Lanka granted KSMU with the national award of the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for high merits in training of health personnel and strengthening of friendship” said the rector of KSMU Victor Lazarenko, welcoming the foreign delegation and guests.

The International student community of KSMU strengthens international relations, as well as develops international and intercultural interaction. Taking part in mass cultural, sports and recreation activities – the university and regional projects, students enrich best university traditions by their success.

For his part, the Ambassador mentioned high qualification level of KSMU graduates. They become top-ranking specialists and take high-up positions in health care institutions of Sri Lanka.

The event ended up with a concert. IMI students from Sri Lanka, folk song group “Sedmitsa”, folk dance group “Yablonka”, IMI resident doctor Light Clever performed before the audience.

The representatives of the delegation will spend several days in Kursk. They will discuss plans for the further cooperation with the KSMU senior executives, town and region administrations.