Professor Janaka Ruwanpura is the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (International) at the University of Calgary. Professor Ruwanpura joined the University of Calgary as an assistant professor in 2001. Prof. Ruwanpura has been recognized with many national and international awards for teaching, research, innovation, leadership, service, graduate education and internationalization. These awards include the International Achievement Award from the City of Calgary (2020) and the Board of Directors Leadership Award for Internationalization from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (2020).
As the recipient of the University of Calgary’s International Achievement Award in 2006, Prof. Ruwanpura’s passion for international activities grew-up over the years and the University of Calgary appointed him as the Vice-Provost (International) in 2013 to lead the realization of the university’s international strategy. Prof. Ruwanpura had agreed to give up his second term of the Canada Research Chair appointment to lead the Internationalization efforts of the University due to his passion and interests in this area. Before being appointed as Vice-Provost (International), his involvement in international activities is comprehensive, including teaching, training, research, administration and service activities. He also served as the convener (from 2010) and co-leader for the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction, a multi-university consortium of over 20 Universities around the world, which has collaborative research in disaster planning and management.
During his 8 years as VPI, he has brought new initiatives to the University of Calgary including developing and implementing collaborative degree models for undergraduate and graduate levels, offering customized training and capacity building programs, co-developing Global Research Initiatives and Sites in China and Mexico and raising funding for research and infrastructure (over $57 Million), establishing and promoting new research opportunities and partnerships in a number of countries (USA, UK, Germany, China, Mexico, Norway, India, etc.), promoting and developing new funding models (over $1 Million per year) for opportunities for students’ international experience and to enhance international exposure for faculty and staff and securing, raising research internships through MITACS ($5.4 Million) and lobbying for international development grants (over $25 Million). Because of these initiatives Ucalgary won 6 competitive awards since 2016 including the “Comprehensive Internationalization” award from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and the “Platinum” Institutional Award for “Global Learning, Research & Engagement” from APLU. He recently led to develop an International Partnership Assessment Rating Index (IPARI) to assess existing university partnerships, identify top partners in each country and develop strategic partnerships. UCalgary received the Catalyst award for innovation for IPARI from CBIE and the Innovation Award in Internationalization from the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA).