University of Moratuwa and John Keels Octave Join Forces to Drive Data-Driven Decision Making


The University of Moratuwa, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and John Keels Octave (OCTAVE), the John Keells Group Centre of Excellence for Big Data Analytics, are proud to announce the signing of a momentous Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This collaboration, which took place on June 28th, 2023, marks a significant step towards advancing the field of big data analytics in Sri Lanka.

The MOU signing ceremony, held at the University of Moratuwa, signifies the beginning of a strategic partnership between OCTAVE and one of the country's premier educational institutions. By partnering with OCTAVE, the University of Moratuwa aims to strengthen its position as a leading center for research and education in the field of computer science and engineering.

Krishan Balendra, Chairperson of the John Keells Group, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “The University of Moratuwa, renowned for its excellence in academia and research, is committed to nurturing future talent and fostering innovation. This partnership with OCTAVE will provide unique opportunities for faculty and students to collaborate with industry professionals and gain insights into cutting-edge big data analytics practices”.

Key highlights of the collaboration include:

  1. Research Collaboration: The University of Moratuwa and OCTAVE will collaborate on joint research projects that explore the latest trends, methodologies, and technologies in the field of big data analytics. This collaboration will enable researchers, faculty members, and students to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and innovation in this rapidly evolving field.
  2. Industry Exposure: Faculty and students will have the opportunity to gain practical industry exposure through internships and engagements with OCTAVE. This hands-on experience will deepen their understanding of real-world applications of big data analytics and enhance their skills in data-driven decision-making.
  3. Knowledge Exchange: OCTAVE will share its expertise and best practices in big data analytics with the University of Moratuwa's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. This knowledge exchange will enable faculty and students to stay abreast of the latest industry developments and equip them with the necessary skills to tackle emerging challenges in the field.
  4. Workshops and Seminars: Regular workshops and seminars will be organized jointly by OCTAVE and the University of Moratuwa to foster knowledge dissemination and create a platform for discussion and collaboration among faculty, students, and industry professionals. These events will contribute to the overall development of the data analytics ecosystem in Sri Lanka.

Professor N. D. Gunawardena, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, "We are thrilled to partner with OCTAVE, a leading center of excellence in big data analytics. This collaboration will provide our faculty and students with unique opportunities to work alongside industry experts and contribute to the advancement of data-driven decision-making. We believe that this partnership will strengthen our position as a hub for innovation in the field of computer science and engineering."

The University of Moratuwa is confident that this collaboration with OCTAVE will empower its students and faculty to make a meaningful impact in the era of data-driven decision-making. By combining the expertise of OCTAVE with the academic excellence of the University, this partnership is set to unlock new avenues for research, innovation, and collaboration in the field of big data analytics



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