I am humbled and honored the opportunity to serve as the first President of The University of Peradeniya Alumni Association of USA (UPAA-USA). Together with the dedicated capable team of the first Executive Committee, I am pleased to represent you, and work with you to support and strengthen our alumni association in the USA. Though Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya (AAUP) has many chapters in many countries, UPAA-USA is the first to officially start a chapter in the USA, which include past students, faculty and staff living in the entire USA. Kudos to our team.
I believe you all agree that we are privileged alumni who were lucky enough to study at one of the most beautiful University in the world. It touches the natural beauty of the lower slopes of the Hanthana Mountain Range in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. The University culture, breathtaking environment, education received, interactions we had made us a unique set of professionals in USA with rich human qualities. Hence, wherever we live in the states and whatever stage we are in our career, it is imperative that we strengthen our ties to fellow alumni and the University.
The UPAA-USA provides an excellent opportunity and a strong platform for us to catch up with batch mates, faculty, staff and memories of days gone by, most importantly to appreciate the sense of attachment to our alma mater and support both financially as well as academically.
The association is now incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, registered as a non-profit organization and awaiting final approval from IRS for federal not-for-profit status.
The Executive Committee is planning several online and in person events/activities during the course of the year. Hope you will participate in these and enhance the connections that you develop with other alumni and with the University itself. I invite all U of P alumnus/a living in USA to become a member of the Association, subscribe to our newsletter.
Please let us know if you have any ideas and suggestions for the Association or interested in becoming more involved in the committee and lead the activities.
Who we are
The main objective of the Association is to bring together the past students and staff (academic as well as non-academic) of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka who are presently living in the USA. The Association incorporated in Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Non-Profit organization and registered at Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in USA.
What we do
The purpose of the association is to create a social forum for the former students and staff of the University of Peradeniya to meet and foster fellowship among themselves, and to do charitable community work including promoting education and scholarships. The Association will additionally, support the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and similar educational institutions by providing assistance to current and former students and staff for educational projects and developmental schemes.