Invitation to Sri Lankan expatriates to become a strategic partner and dynamic force of national development!

Invitation to Sri Lankan expatriates to become a strategic partner and dynamic force of national development!

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Establishment of a digital platform to harness Sri Lankan scientific and professional expatriates for national development
There are nearly three million Sri Lankan expatriates and emigrants, including an appreciable number of reputed scientists and professionals holding senior positions in academia, R&D institutions, and industry. They undoubtedly constitute a formidable potential asset of Sri Lanka which has hitherto been almost untapped and untouched for national development. In fact, many SL expatriates are keen to contribute to the development of the motherland. However, the lack of a credible and pragmatic mechanism has hindered such contribution, while countries such as China, India and Taiwan have derived remarkable benefits by harnessing expatriates for national development.

Thus, the National Science Foundation (NSF) — the premier national institution mandated to promote S&T in Sri Lanka — proposes to establish a digital platform to harness this enormous source for national development. Key sectors, including higher education, S&T, FDI, trade/exports, tourism and industry could benefit therefrom.  Initial emphasis will mainly be on S&T and higher education.

Thus, the NSF proposes to construct an online ecosystem to bring expatriates together so as to

  1. Provide greater opportunities for higher education and capacity building;
  2. Enhance academic cooperation and research collaboration;
  3. Create a culture of creativity and innovation;
  4. Promote joint publications and ranking of Sri Lankan universities; and
  5. Facilitate technology transfer

To this end, the NSF wishes to develop a database of scientific and professional Sri Lankan expatriates residing in developed economies in N. America, Europe, Oceania and Asia. This facility, with proper development and management, could yield substantial benefits in the academic, scientific, industrial, economic, social and environmental spheres. 

In the circumstances,  we cordially  invite the Sri Lankan scientific, academic and professional expatriates working in  academia, R&D institutions and industry to join this digital platform and become a strategic partner and dynamic force of national development. Please feel free to share it with relevant Sri Lankan expatriates.


We look forward to working hand in hand with you towards  socio-economic  development of Sri Lanka!



Professor Ranjith Senaratne
National Science Foundation
47/5, Maitland Place
Colombo 07

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