The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Türkiye, S. Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake visited Center East Technical College (METU) lately to debate about potential collaborations within the subject of archaeology that will ultimately contribute to selling heritage tourism in each nations.
She had discussions with Chair of Settlement Archaeology Division Prof. Deniz Burcu Erciyas, and different senior employees members from linked Departments.
This particular go to and dialogue as based mostly on the truth that each nations have a lot deal with heritage tourism, which brings substantial earnings to the economies of the 2 nations.
Ambassador Dissanayake, who additionally has a powerful educational background in archaeology, defined the Sri Lankan archaeological heritage and its significance, pioneers in archaeological excavations and research within the nation and the way the archaeological data contributes immensely to its tourism trade, noting that six (06) out of eight (08) UNESCO World Heritage Websites in Sri Lanka are archaeological and cultural heritages. She famous that Turkiye has 17 UNESCO World Heritage websites inscribed for its archaeological and cultural significance.
It was additionally talked about that as a scholar of archaeology she has a lot curiosity in archaeological heritages belonging to a number of completely different intervals in Turkiye and above all, the affect of East and West over the centuries in such heritage websites.
Contribution to tourism by tour guides with in-depth data of heritage websites had been mentioned in size. Want to boost the demand for the occupation of tour guiding amongst younger graduates of archaeology was understood as being vital. It was agreed that exchanges of scholars with the publicity by means of summer season subject camps even for a few months may broaden the understanding of younger and would incentivize others.
As all universities in Sri Lanka the place archaeology is taught are public universities and in addition METU being a public college in Turkiye, funding long run change programmes for lecturers and college students will not be straightforward, it was agreed that to begin to take a look at brief time period exchanges with sensible publicity at excavation websites and a few college expertise that could possibly be lined by current services at each ends.
Ambassador additionally urged that it might be potential to cooperate with the Hony. Consuls of Sri Lanka in Turkiye and Turkish Airways and was optimistic find revolutionary strategies to finance for such initiatives. She additional urged to rearrange visiting Sri Lankan lecturers for numerous different functions to come back and talk about Sri Lanka, not simply on archaeology, however on different topics too, because it was talked about by the Turkish lecturers that data about South Asia, together with Sri Lanka is far much less amongst Turkish undergraduates.
On this context Ambassador proposed to arrange a South Asia Day, if different South Asian embassies in Ankara are in settlement. In any case, Ambassador expressed her willingness to arrange a Sri Lanka Day, with an introductory presentation on Sri Lanka, its artwork, structure & archaeology, biodiversity and surroundings, economics and political features and alternative to know Sri Lank by means of Sri Lankan Meals, film, music and dance.
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