Academic honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award
19 July 2017
Canterbury Christ Church University academic, Dr Abhaya Induruwa, has received a lifetime achievement award from the Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, the largest telecom services provider in Sri Lanka.
The SLT Zero One Awards, the country’s first awards program dedicated to digital excellence, is the brainchild of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) recognised as the leading ICT solutions provider in the country. The awards ceremony took place for the first time at the Grand Ballroom of Hilton Hotel in Colombo at the end of June.
Dr Induruwa, who is the Director of the Centre for Cybercrime and Security Innovation in the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing at the University and known as the ‘Father’ of the Internet in Sri Lanka, received the award in recognition of his contribution to the computer education sector and data communication industry over the years in Sri Lanka. He said: “I feel honoured that Sri Lanka Telecom has recognised my contribution to the ICT education in Sri Lanka and for pioneering the teaching of computer science & engineering education in a Sri Lankan University.”
“This award also recognises the pioneering work that went into building computer networks at a time when data communications was least fashionable in Sri Lanka. I am glad that this work paved the way for the growth of data communications industry and today Sri Lankans are well provisioned with mobile services and internet access.”
In 2015, Dr Induruwa received an Internet Pioneers award from the Sri Lanka Chapter of the Internet Society when Sri Lanka celebrated the 20th anniversary of the country obtaining a dedicated connection to the internet. As one of the pioneers, he outlined how he proposed to set-up the Lanka Experimental Academic and Research Network (LEARN), articulating his vision for an island-wide computer network for academics and researchers. This project led to Sri Lanka officially connecting to the world via the Internet in 1995.
In addition, Dr Induruwa was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014 as a Global Connector for his outstanding achievements, which changed the lives of people living in Sri Lanka.
Dr Induruwa is currently proposing to establish a Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence in Teaching, Research and Education, Sri Lanka 3CENTRE, which has recently been accepted by the Sri Lankan government. Dr Induruwa said: “Recent ransomware attacks on national critical infrastructure in many countries have highlighted the need for trained staff who can deal with these situations.
“My colleagues in the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing have long experience in implementing similar projects in Europe and in the UK and we hope to play a leading role in making the Sri Lankan Centre of Excellence project a success.”
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 96% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2014/15 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey