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The University Business Linkage Cell

The University Business Linkage Cell of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka was established with reference to the University Grants Commission Circular No.10/2016 from May 2018. The University Business Linkage Cell has taken the responsibility to link the University research and innovation activities with external business stake holders. The cell functions directly under the Vice Chancellor and the senate approved Advisory Board.

Vision

We strive to bridge the gap among Private and State-owned businesses, the academic community, faculties, and undergraduates.

Mission

The University Business Linkage Cell of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka coordinates and acts as the interface with the industrial sector by facilitation, support, analysis, negotiation, strategy designing, organization, documentation, planning and monitoring of UBL portfolio with the aim to achieve the objectives of UBL Cell.

Objectives

  • Increasing Enrollment in Priority Disciplines for Economic Development
  • Improving the Quality of Higher Education
  • Promoting Research, Development, Innovation and Commercialization
  • Enhancing community engagement through disseminating knowledge to wider community

 

Staff

Director

Professor D.A.I. Dayaratne

Advisory Board

Dr. H.S. R. Rosairo-Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, SUSL

Professor Udaya Rathnayake-Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, SUSL

Dr. H.M. Indika Prasanna- Dean, Faculty of Geomatics, SUSL

Professor W.K. Athula C. Gnanapala-Dean, Faculty of Management Studies, SUSL

Dr. W. Manoj Ariyaratne-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences & Languages, SUSL

Dr. A.D. Ampitiyawatta – Dean, Faculty of Technology, SUSL

Prof. HMS Priyanath – Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, SUSL

Mr. Chamly Gunaseela - Director, Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and industry

Mr. Saman Upasena – Chairman, KDU Group

Mr. D.A. De.S. Wickramanayaka – Chairman, Pelawatte Dairy Industries Pvt. Ltd

Mr. H.M.S. Samarakoon - Deputy Director, Industry Development Board, Ratnapura

Mrs. P.B.N. Fernando - Assistant Registrar/ Legal & Documentation, SUSL

Faculty Coordinators

Dr S. Vasanthapriyan, Faculty of Applied Sciences: priyan@appsc.sab.ac.lk/svpriyan@gmail.com

Mr P.G. Vipula Abeyratne, Faculty of Geomatics: vipula@geo.sab.ac.lk

Dr L. A. Chandima Sajeewanie, Faculty of Management Studies: chandima213@yahoo.com

Dr Aruna Shantha, Faculty of Social Sciences & Languages: arunaeconomics999@gmail.com

Dr.Kaveenga Rasika Koswattage, Faculty of Technology: koswattagekr@appsc.sab.ac.lk

Dr. Nilantha Gamlathge, Faculty of Medicine: nilantha60@yahoo.com

Ms.Maheshwari. S. Elapata, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences: maheshwari@agri.sab.ac.lk.

Cell Manager

Ms. M.P. Taniya Rashmi Sankalpana

UBLC Events

Memorandum of Understanding between Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka through University Business Linkage Cell and StartupX Foundry (Guarantee) Limited.

The University Business Linkage Cell of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka has entered into an agreement with StartupX Foundry, an organization dedicated to uplift innovation and entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka, on 14th of November, 2019 at the 7th International Conference of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. As part of this agreement, StartupX Foundry will facilitate the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka to create viable partnerships with the private sector and where possible will open up opportunities for international collaboration. As the first step of such partnerships created by University Business Linkage Cell, on behalf of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, both parties look forward to successful collaborations that will uplift the spirit of research and academic excellence that will be complemented by sustainable and cohesive economic progress

The objectives of this agreement are to;

  • Assist inventors and researchers within SUSL to commercialize their intellectual property.
  • Assist with patent licensing and other related business development activities.
  • Assist with startup incubation, acceleration and commercialization.
  • Assist with related fundraising and capacity building.
  • Facilitate intellectual property valuation.
  • Provide necessary resources and collaborate to promote entrepreneurship.

First Advisory Board Meeting of UBLC

The first meeting of the Advisory Board of the University Business Linkage Cell (UBLC) was held on 24th January 2019 at the Board Room of the Vice-chancellor’s Office. The Vice-chancellor Professor Sunil Shantha chaired the meeting which was attended by the, Director/UBLC, industry partners of Mr. D.A. De. S. Wickramanayaka, Chairman, Pelawatte Dairy Industries Pvt. Ltd, Mr. Chamly Gunaseela, Director/Past President of Chamber of Commerce, Sabaragamuwa Province, Deans of the Faculties, Director/OTS and appointed Council members and internal members. The Director of UBLC, Professor D.A.I. Dayaratne made a presentation on the main functions of the UBLC and future plans.

Second Advisory Board Meeting of UBLC

The second meeting of the Advisory Board of University Business Linkage Cell (UBLC) was held on 03rd January 2020 at the Board Room of the Vice-chancellor’s Office. The Vice-chancellor, Professor Sunil Shantha chaired the meeting which was attended by Prof. D.A.I.Dayaratne (Director/UBLC), Mr. H.M.S.Samarakoon (Deputy Director, Industry Development Board), Mr. Chamly Gunaseela (Director/Past President of Chamber of Commerce, Sabaragamuwa Province), Deans of the Faculties and internal members. The Director of UBLC, Professor D.A.I. Dayaratne made a presentation on the progress of the UBLC throughout the past year.

Awareness Meetings of UBLC

Awareness meetings of the University Business Linkage Cell (UBLC) were held during the past few months in each and every faculty to enhance the awareness about University Business Linkage Cell(UBLC) among the academic community. The Director/UBLC, Professor D.A.I. Dayaratne made presentations about University Business Linkage Cell, highlighting on the main functions, aims, the governing body, current progress, focal areas for business linkages and future plans of University Business Linkage Cell.

University-StartupX Foundry Collaboration.

University Business Linkage Cell (UBLC) of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka recently had two rounds of discussions with StartupX Foundry to create a collaborative program to link the University research and innovation activities with external business stakeholders. The discussion was headed by Prof. D.A.I. Dayaratne, Director - UBLC and several other academics from related fields. StartupX Foundry is a Colombo, Sri Lanka based incubator/accelerator engaged in business incubation and IP monetization since 2017. It already works with Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) to monetize IP through startup creation and incubation and intends to extend the same workflows to the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka through the University Business Linkage Cell (UBLC).

Meetings for Grant Winners of SUSL

University Business Linkage Cell (UBLC) of SUSL had meetings with grantees of the University to identify the possibility of commercialization the researches and innovations which are being conducted under RIC and DOR grants.

USA Training for UBLC Directors

All the directors of University Business Linkage Cells participated in two weeks training program in the United States of America hosted by New Hampshire Law School, CLDP, NSF and USPTO. The team could get a comprehensive training on Patent Drafting, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Licensing and some other important aspects related to Intellectual Property.

Workshop on Intellectual Property Protection

University Business Linkage Cell conducted a workshop on Intellectual Property Protection on 05th December 2019 at the Board Room of the Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. The program was conducted by Mr Nalinda Atapattu, Assistant Director (Information & Examination), National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka.

Contact us

Address:

Director

University Business Linkage Cell

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka

P O Box 2

Belihuloya.

Email: ublc@sab.ac.lk

Telephone: +94-45-2280193

Gallery

Awareness Meetings of UBLC

University-StartupX Foundry Collaboration.

Meetings for Grant Winners of SUSL

USA Training for UBLC Directors

Workshop on Intellectual Property Protection