MIZUKOSHI Hideaki, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation to eminent educationist, Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Senior Prof. H.D. Karunaratne on 29 July 2022 at the BMICH.
As an icon in shaping Sri Lanka and Japan’s academic ties for more than three decades, Prof. H.D. Karunaratne has been reaching out to Sri Lankan students by organising and developing various academic projects, activities, campaigns in colleges and universities across the island and advocating the valued educational bond between the two countries.
He obtained his PhD in Economics at the University of Nagoya in Japan under the MEXT Scholarship awarded by the Government of Japan. He also plays an important role as the President of the Japanese Graduates’ Alumni Association of Sri Lanka (JAGAAS) and was appointed as the first Director of the University of Tokyo Sri Lanka office in 2019.