Professor Lakshman Dissanayake entered the University of Colombo in June 1973 as an undergraduate and continued his association with the University by joining the University as an academic after obtaining First Class Honours for his first degree. Professor Dissanayake received his postgraduate qualifications: PG Diploma from the University of Colombo; Master of Arts from the Vrije Universitiet Brussels, Belgium and PhD from the University of Adelaide Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in the United Kingdom. He serves the University of Colombo as a Senior Professor in the Department of Demography at present.
During Professor Dissanayake’s tenure in the University of Colombo, he was appointed to various Academic as well as Administrative positions. He has served as the academic sub-warden, academic warden, student counselor, Coordinator of the Demographic Training and Research Unit, Rector of Sri Palee Campus, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Professor Dissanayake has officiated as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo on many occasions.
Professor Dissanayake founded the Colombo University Community Centre (CUCEC) which is the first multidisciplinary centre in the whole University system devoted to community extension related work. Professor Dissanayake functioned as its founding Director.
Professor Dissanayake has been honoured with various esteemed positions and has received awards both nationally and internationally for his contributions to the field of Demography which are highlighted here.
Professor Lakshman Dissanayake’s expertise includes regional demography, regional development planning, health demography and post-disaster reconstruction. He has published books, book chapters and numerous research articles in local and internationally reputed journals.
Professor Dissanayake has spent more than 40 years of his life in the ‘University of Colombo’ and his commitment and dedication to the teaching, research and National development has enabled him to contribute to the development of the ‘University of Colombo’ as well as the nation at large.