The Honorary Doctorate Degree on Dr. Mohottige Upali Sedere from the Kingdom of Thailand
Dr. Upali Sedere, the Rector and CEO of SIBA Campus, Kundasale has recently been felicitated with a honorary doctorate degree in Buddhist Management by the Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University of Thailand at its annual convocation held on 26th May 2019. Dr. Sedere, B. Ed Hons. (First Class) of the University of Peradeniya has been a Fulbright scholar of the Iowa State University , during the period 1972- 76, where he has obtained the MA and Ph.D degrees in Educational Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics. On returning to Sri Lanka he has continued his teaching career as a senior academic for nearly twenty years dissemination his knowledge to scores of postgraduate students and several of them have been fortunate to earn Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Education . During the period 1987 - 2012 he has served in as many as twenty countries as an education sector specialist. Having served as the Director General of the National Institute of Education he has been appointed as the Rector of the SIBA Campus in mid-2013 which position he is continuing to hold at present. SIBA Campus which was formally established as the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy in July 2009, the Higher Educational Institute of Sri Dalada Maligawa, has started its academic activities basically to award a Degree in Buddhist Leadership in affiliation with Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University of Thailand alongside several diplomas. As per the provisions of the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978, SIBA Campus has been recognized as a degree awarding institute leading to the award several first degrees such as BA Special in Buddhist Leadership, BA Special in Pali, BA General Degree, B.Sc. information Technology and B.Tech (IT and Communication). The intuition of Dr. Sedere has helped the institute to achieve these milestones. It being an English medium educational institute, first time in Sri Lanka, SIBA students learn on a digitalized platform with no paper work at all. Little more than 50% of the curricula has been covered with the development of soft skills, leadership qualities, Meditation and social work. What Dr. Sedere aims at is to produce graduates suited for the 21st Century and therefore SIBA graduates have had no difficulty in finding suitable employment. Apart from turning out graduates with first degrees Dr. Sedere's commitment and influence paved the way for ten persons learnt at SIBA to obtain the Ph.D degree of the MCU at two consecutive convocations, a feat that no other University in Sri Lanka has hitherto achieved. Dr. Sedere keeps his strict discipline and upright conduct: practices kindness, compassion, generosity and righteousness towards all human beings. Considering his meritorious deeds and academic excellence this honor has been bestowed on him by a world renowned university in Thailand.