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Socio-economic Boom in Southern Province of Sri Lanka and the Role of University of Ruhuna

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P. B. Terney Pradeep Kumara

University of Ruhuna, Matara, LK
About P. B. Terney
Department of Oceanography and Marine Geology, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences & Technology
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Abstract

The Southern Province of Sri Lanka provides numerous socio-economic benefits to the country. As the apex higher education institute in the province, the University of Ruhuna (UoR) was initially established as a university college in 1978 and converted into a university in 1984. The University has contributed to uplifting the socio-economic status of the province since its inception, through knowledge dissemination, introducing technology and innovations, solving problems in industries, etc. Socio-economic boom of the southern province was investigated and the UoR's role in improving the economic status of the province to get out of the prevailing economic crisis in the country was examined. This paper identifies the province's major economic activities in the agricultural sector, marine resources, tourism, and economic centres. Being a regional maritime hub, there is a huge potential for the province to gain foreign revenue for the country. Unique cultural values and natural beauty attract more tourists to the province. The economic centres must be utilized efficiently with a proper plan to gain maximum benefit from them. Effective contributions to improving health, agriculture, engineering and technology, fisheries in the province, and boosting southern culture and lifestyles are the priority areas identified for the University to cater for the province.
How to Cite: Pradeep Kumara, P.B.T., 2022. Socio-economic Boom in Southern Province of Sri Lanka and the Role of University of Ruhuna. Journal of the University of Ruhuna, 10(1), pp.1–3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jur.v10i1.8003
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Published on 22 Dec 2022.

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