20 March 2013 – Prof Pilane Liyanage Ariyananda, one of the Professors at the International Medical University received the title of ‘Emeritus Professor’ at the annual Vice Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony held at the University of Ruhuna, in Galle, Sri Lanka. The award of Emeritus Professorship was in recognition of his 32 years of service in the University. In 2011, Prof Ariyananda was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to visit the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) in USA to find new ways to improve teaching and to strengthen the collaboration between Duke University and Ruhuna University. He also underwent training in Advanced Pulmonology during his Fulbright tenure at Duke University. Prior to joining IMU at the beginning of 2013, Prof Ariyananda served as a doctor in Sri Lanka for more than 40 years, including a 32-year period in the capacity of a specialist general physician and a university medical teacher. During his tenure at the University of Ruhuna, he has held many administrative and academic positions including Dean of Medicine, Head of Internal Medicine, Director of Staff Development of the University and the Chairman of the Board of Study in Medicine of the Sri Lankan Postgraduate Institute of Medicine. Prof Ariyananda also serves in the capacity of an Adjunct Professor at the DGHI. Congratulations to Prof Ariyananda, one of the highly respected professionals in IMU’s Faculty.