His Excellency the President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe has appointed Senior Professor Udith K. Jayasinghe as the new Vice-Chancellor of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. He is a member of the Board of Directors of SANASA Life Insurance and SANASA General Insurance. As an eminent administrator, Prof. Jayasinghe was invited to these boards by the Chairman of SANASA, Vishwa Prasadinee Dr. P. A. Kiriwandeniya in 2013.
Prof. Jayasinghe holds degrees from the University of Peradeniya (Bachelors in Agriculture and Masters in Agricultural Economics) and the University of Guelph, Canada (Ph.D. in Food and Agric. Econ. & Business). He serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts, USA and Monash University, Australia, and the Quality Assurance Consultant to the Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka. He has been offered a Senior Fellowship by the Staff & Educational Development Association (SFSEDA), United Kingdom. In addition, he has been honored with ‘Chartered Environmental Professional’ membership of the Institute of Environmental Professionals of Sri Lanka and ‘Certified Development Project Management’ membership of the Project Management for Development Organizations in the USA. He holds honorary membership of 17 national and international organizations. Prof. Jayasinghe has published widely in the areas of food & agricultural economics and agribusiness management; environmental and resource economics as well as teaching-learning, assessment, and skills development in higher education and has led and contributed to a large number of national and international consultative projects targeting capacity development; monitoring & evaluation, and information dissemination.
He was a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Scientific Research in 2007, 2010, and 2011 and was received a number of national and international awards, including the NRC Merits Award for Scientific Publications offered by the National Research Council in 2010; SUSRED Award for Supervision of Postgraduate Research Degrees by National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka in 2014; Young Scientists Award for Popularization and Promotion of Science offered by National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka, Ministry of Technology & Research of Sri Lanka in 2011, and Young Scientists Award for Excellence in Research offered by National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka, Ministry of Technology & Research of Sri Lanka in 2010. Prof. Jayasinghe is the younger son of Mr. Chandrapala Jayasinghe (former Additional Director – Education) and Ms. Sumana and was married to Ms. Janaki and a father of son Ravith (Carlton University, Ottawa) and a daughter Vihara.