To support future leaders in developing countries, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has initiated the ‘JICA Chair’ program focusing on Japanese studies in collaboration with leading universities in partner countries. The program explores Japan’s modernization and development cooperation experiences in light of its historical and cultural background. Activities of the JICA Chair include intensive lectures conducted by lecturers dispatched from Japan on Japan’s development experiences in politics, economics, public administration, law, and other areas.
The intended participants will benefit from engaging lectures conducted by resource persons from Japan and Sri Lanka. These sessions will utilize a combination of online and onsite modes for an immersive learning experience. The collaborative efforts of the International Office University of Colombo and the JICA Sri Lanka Office play a pivotal role in organizing and enhancing the overall program.

October 13, 2023 Inauguration Ceremony of JICA Chair Program 2023/2024
October 19, 2023 Field Visit to Colombo Dockyard PLC
November 14, 2023 Lecture on Economic Growth and Development in Japan
By Senior Professor (Chair) H.D. Karunaratne, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, and Professor Itami Hiroyuki President of the International University of Japan.
November 23, 2023 Lecture on Agricultural Development in Japan A Very Short History of 150 Years and Visit to the UCIARS Weligatte, Hambantota
By Dr Kazuo Ogata, Emeritus Professor, Kyushu University, and Dr Indika Palihakkara, Senior Lecturer, University of Ruhuna.
December 12, 2023 Lecture on Sri Lanka – Japan Relationship and the Making of Modern Japan
By Dr Shinichi Kitaoka, Special Adviser of JICA.
February 06, 2024 Lecture on Competition Law & Policy in Japan
By Professor Iwakazu Takahashi, Emeritus Professor of the Meiji University.
February 16, 2024 Closing ceremony JICA 2023/2024 and Lecture on International Relations under Compound Crises A Japanese Perspective
By Dr Akihiko Tanaka, President of the JICA.



International Office
College House
94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha
University of Colombo
Sri Lanka
JICA Sri Lanka Office
10th & 13th Floors,
DHPL Building,
No.42, Navam Mawatha, Colombo 02,
Sri Lanka