Senior Professor Nayani Melegoda

Senior Professor of International Relations

Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo

Email: nayani@inr.cmb.ac.lk

Academic Qualifications

  • 1989

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

    University of Leeds, United Kingdom

  • 1994

    M.A. in Archival Studies

    University of British Columbia,, Canada

  • 1984

    B.A. (Hons) First Class in Modern History

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 2001

    Advanced Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies

    University of Uppsala, Sweden

  • 2007

    Certificate in International Humantarian Law (IHL)

    ICRC Regional Delegation, India and Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad, India

  • 2010

    Certificate in Advanced Seminar on International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

    ICRC Delegation India and VM Salgoaar College of Law, Goa University, India

Academic Career

  • Present2016

    Dean

    Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo

  • 20192016

    Acting Vice Chancellor (Occasional)

    University of Colombo

  • 20152008

    Acting Dean (Occasional)

    Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

  • 20162010

    Head of the Department of International Relations

    Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

  • 20102007

    Head of the Department of History and International Relations

    Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

  • Present2016

    Council Member of the University of Colombo

    University of Colombo

  • 20112008

    Senate nominee to the Council of the University of Colombo

    University of Colombo

  • 20162015

    Senate nominee to the Contemporary Center for Indian Studies, University of Colombo

    University of Colombo

  • 20021999

    Director of Studies

    Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo

  • 20031999

    Sujatha Jayawardene Girls Hostel

    University of Colombo

  • Present2016

    Member of the Postgraduate Standing Committee

    University Grants Commission

  • 20192018

    Member of the Standing Committee on Accreditation and Quality Assurance (SCAQA) of the Non State Higher Education

    Ministry of Higher Education

  • Present2016

    Member of the Project Team developing Higher Education Expansion and Development Proposal

    University Grants Commission

  • 20062005

    Deputy Coordinator, Policy Planning and Implementation, IRQUE Project

    Ministry of Higher Education

  • 20202013

    Member of the Board of Regents, National Council for Advancement of Science, Sri Lanka

    University Grants Commission

  • 20202015

    Member of the Academic Syndicate of the Institute of Human Resource Advancement

    University of Colombo

  • 20162007

    UGC nominee to Postgraduate Research Committee of the University Grants Commission (Occasional)

    University Grants Commission

Awards and Scholarships

  • 2016
    Short Term Training on Women in University Administration
    Department of State, Government of the United States
  • 2016
    India – Sri Lanka Foundation Award
  • 2016
    Sri Lanka Federation of University Women 75th Anniversary Award of Appreciation of Past Presidents
  • 2014
    Aryabhata International Award for Education, Aryabhata Foundation, Bangalore India,
  • 2011-2012
    Japan Foundation Fellowship
  • 2011
    Zonta Woman of Achievement for Social Change and Empowerment in Sri Lanka
  • 2004
    India – Sri Lanka Foundation Award
  • 2003-2004
    Fulbright – Hays Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of War and Society, University of Tennessee, USA
  • 2004
    Fulbright Travel Award, Williams College, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2001
    Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) Scholarship
  • 2000
    Fulbright Summer Fellowship on American Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, USA
  • 1992-1994
    University Graduate Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • 1998
    International Federation of University Women (Geneva) Recognition Award,
  • 1986-1989
    Overseas Research Scholarship, Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals (CVCP) United Kingdom
  • 1986-1989
    Henry Drummond- Wolff Scholarship, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 1986-1989
    Tetley – Lupton Scholarship, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

    International/ Research Appointments

    • 20212015

      Country Expert (Sri Lanka), Varieties of Democracy Project (Global Standards – Local Knowledge)

      University of Gothenburg, Sweden

    • Present2020

      Board member of the Academic Board for Social Sciences

      South Asia University, New Delhi, India

    • Present2010

      Affiliated Researcher, Institute of Peace Science

      Hiroshima University (IPSHU), Japan

    • 20132011

      International Research Committee member of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies (RCSS)

      Sri Lanka

    • 20122011

      Japan Foundation Fellow at the Peace Science Research Center of Hiroshima University

      University of Hiroshima, Japan

    • 20132011

      Board member of the Academic Board for Social Sciences

      South Asia University, New Delhi, India

    • 20042003

      Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Center for the Study of War and Society

      University of Tennessee, Tennessee, USA

    • 20092009

      Visiting Scholar, Graduate School of International Development Cooperation (IDEC)

      University of Hiroshima, Japan

    National Contribution

    • 20202018

      Member of the Board of Management, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute (LKI) of International Relations and Strategic Studies

      Sri Lanka

    • Present2019

      Member of the International Research Committee of the National Science Foundation

      Sri Lanka

    • Present2015

      External Examiner, Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute

      Sri Lanka

    • Present1995

      Examiner and Lecturer, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

      Sri Lanka

    • Present1997

      Visiting Lecturer, Bandaranaike Diplomatic Training Institute (BIDTI)

      Sri Lanka

    • Present2017

      Distinguished Fellow, the Institute of National Security of Sri Lanka, Ministry of Defense

      Sri Lanka

    • 20192019

      Member of the Council, National Research Council

      Sri Lanka

    • 20182017

      Member of the Prime Minister’s Office Task Force on Indian Ocean

      Sri Lanka

    • 20142013

      Subject Specialist for Curriculum Development in International Studies, Faculty of Social Science, University of Kelaniya

      Sri Lanka

    • 20101997

      Chief Examiner for General Certificate Examination Advanced Level (History)

      Sri Lanka

    • 20022000

      Chairman, National Conservation Committee of the National Library Services Board

      Sri Lanka

    • 20021997

      Member, National Conservation Committee of the National Library Services Board

      Sri Lanka

    • 20031997

      Visiting Lecturer and Examiner Bandaranaike Center for International Studies (BCIS)

      Sri Lanka

    • 20022002

      Civilian Sponsor for Research Studies, Sri Lanka Army Command and Staff College

      Sri Lanka

    • 19991997

      Lecturer, Tactics and Management Course, Sri Lanka Army

      Sri Lanka