Saaraketha Links & Information

Strategic Partnerships

Academy of Design
Academy of Design is one of South Asia?s Pioneering design educators offering undergraduate education in Fashion Design, Interior Design and Graphic Design along with internationally recognized programmes in Jewellery Design and Photography. The Northumbria University, School of Design ?UK, strengthens our mission to provide globally acknowledged creative education to South Asian students. AOD emphasizes learning through individual attention in a positively oriented environment. The goal of the AOD is to nurture and cultivate the unique qualities of each student through an interesting curriculum, in an inspiring environment, under the guidance of an expert teaching faculty.
Website: http://www.aod.lk/
Appalachian State University (US)
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and breathtaking location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. Known for its value and affordability, Appalachian enrolls about 17,000 students and offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark. Appalachian, located in Boone, N.C., is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.
Website: www.appstate.edu
Carnegie Mellon University (US)
Carnegie Mellon University is a global research university with more than 11,000 students, 86,500 alumni, and 4,000 faculty and staff. Recognized for its world-class arts and technology programs, collaboration across disciplines and innovative leadership in education, CMU is consistently a top-ranked university.

The university began as a small technical school and evolved into what it is today under the guidance of exceptional leadership teams.

Our world-renowned faculty members are practicing professionals who bring extensive knowledge and experience into the classroom. With a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, faculty members are extremely accessible and take a genuine interest in their students' work.
Website: www.cmu.edu
CBI, Netherlands
Mission

CBI contributes to sustainable economic development in developing countries through the expansion of exports from these countries.


Vision

CBI is THE expert in export development and export promotion from developing countries.

We have a solid network of international stakeholders.

Our contribution consists of sustainable strengthening of the competitive capacity of SME exporters and producers in developing countries, focusing primarily on European markets.

We achieve this by offering an integrated approach, which is applicable to companies, business support organisations and governmental authorities.

Our core competence is threefold: advice, counselling and knowledge management.
Website: www.cbi.eu
Colorado State University (US)
Colorado State University is one of our nation's leading research universities with world-class research in infectious disease, atmospheric science, clean energy technologies, and environmental science. It was founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, six years before the Colorado Territory became a state.

Last year, CSU awarded degrees to 5,800 graduates, and this year, it attracted more than $300 million in research funding. Colorado State is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive.
Website: http://www.colostate.edu/
Control Union
Control Union is an international group of companies specializing in independent cargo surveying, super-intending and certification. Its international network of offices, laboratories and accredited agents enables them to offer a complete package in logistics, quality and quantity management from the country of origin to the final destination.

Consistency and quality in its services is achieved through internal quality assessment systems, extensive internal and external training, development and use of state-of-the-art ICT solutions and exchange of know-how between offices and agents.

Control Union Certifications offers a global one-stop-shop for a wide range of certification programs. Certificates are accepted by authorities in nearly every country. Control Union Certifications commits itself to conduct its activities impartially and in a professional manner. CU understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, managing of conflicts of interest and ensuring the objectivity of its management system certification activities.

Saaraketha Pvt limited is also a registered member of the Control Union which allows SPL to specify its produce as Organic and also allows SPL to deal with Organic Trading. Control Union Certification is officially accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the EEC Regulation No. 2092/91 for Organic Certification for the European Union and JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standards).

Control Union Certifications is among the first certification bodies to provide all types of certifications for Eco Friendly production and is among the first in Europe to be registered by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) as a foreign certification body accredited to inspect and certify agricultural products under the NEW JAS organic law.
Website: www.controlunion.com
Fulbright Commission
Fulbright is a partner for creating opportunities for the rural youth of Sri Lanka that can help bridge the Rural /Urban divide.

For example:

  • Facilitating the opportunity of bringing down US based Specialists to help conceptualise and develop models to infuse the entrepreneurship culture in rural farming communities.

  • Creating exchange programs for international students to visit rural Sri Lanka and conduct research and developmental projects

  • Providing rural youth the opportunity to apply for international scholarship programs

  • Facilitating opportunities for attending international extension programs

  • Create distance learning opportunities for rural youth
Website: www.fulbrightsrilanka.com
Postgraduate Institute of Management
As the strategic partner for conceptualizing and structuring entrepreneurship training modules

Linkage to skilled based assignments for PIM MBA's in identified relevant areas of developmental projects.

Case studies / research to stimulate academic interest for PIM and to document learning of models
Website: www.pim.lk
Ritsumeikan University (Japan)
Ritsumeikan has become an integrated academy with a rich culture of individuality and international awareness accommodating a total of 49,000 students. The current Ritsumeikan Academy has campuses in Kyoto, Shiga, Hokkaido, and Oita and encompasses two universities, four high schools, four junior high schools, and one primary school. Ritsumeikan fosters the learning and development of individual talents in order to nurture just and ethical global citizens.
Website: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp
Slow Food International
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.

A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people?s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

Today, we have over 100,000 members joined in 1,300 convivia ? our local chapters ? worldwide, as well as a network of 2,000 food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality foods.
Website: www.slowfood.com
Spice Island
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, the Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation focuses on improving people?s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.

In the United States, the Gates Foundation seeks to ensure that all people?especially those with the fewest resources?have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

The Gates Foundation focuses on areas with the potential for high-impact, sustainable solutions that can reach hundreds of millions of people.

The Foundation works closely with their partners to support innovative approaches and expand existing ones so they reach the people who need them most. The Foundation also supports policy and advocacy efforts to accelerate progress against the world?s most acute poverty.
Website: www.gatesfoundation.org
University of Helsinki (Finland)
Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Centre (VMASC), Old Dominion University (US)
The Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) is a university-wide multidisciplinary research center that emphasizes modeling, simulation, and visualization (MS&V) research, development and education.

VMASC is one of the world's leading research centers for computer modeling, simulation, and visualization. The mission of the Center is to conduct collaborative MS&V research and development, provide expertise to government agencies and industry, and to promote Old Dominion University, Hampton Roads and Virginia as a center of MS&V activities. Working with more than one hundred industry, government, and academic members, VMASC furthers the development and applications of modeling, simulation and visualization as enterprise decision-making tools to promote economic, business, and academic development. Annually, the Center conducts approximately $10M in funded research.

Old Dominion University is a state-assisted institution and one of only four Virginia schools in the Carnegie Research Universities (high research activity) category. The University offers a complete range of Modeling & Simulation degree options from Bachelor's to Ph.D.
Website: www.vmasc.odu.edu
World AgroForestry Centre (ICRAF)
?World Agroforestry Centre? also called the ?International Centre for Research in Agroforestry? is recognized as the international leader in agroforestry research and development. The centre specializes in certain areas of importance it also engages in strategic alliances with a range of other institutions.

Some of these partners are centres of scientific excellence in specific topics of relevance to agroforestry; others specialize in the effective delivery of research results to farmers fields. The Centre?s vision is a rural transformation in the developing world where smallholder households massively increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve their food security, nutrition, income, health, shelter, energy resources and environmental sustainability.

This vision is founded upon three basic tenets:
  1. The growing importance of trees and tree based systems in sustaining livelihoods and agro ecosystems;

  2. The Centre?s experience and comparative advantage in advancing agro forestry research for development;

  3. A global commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
The Centre?s mission is to generate science-based knowledge about the diverse roles that trees play in agricultural landscapes and to use its research to advance policies and practices that benefit the poor and the environment. Success in achieving this mission will be demonstrated by the increased use of improved trees and tree-based systems, significant gains in the overall productivity of smallholder farming systems, a marked reduction in poverty, and significant improvements in environmental quality.

Our goal is to become a partner of choice for a range of scientific and development institutions in their efforts to generate tree-based solutions to the global problems of rural poverty, hunger and environmental degradation. The World Agro Forestry center believes that success in living and fostering these values is fundamental to maintaining a vibrant organization, contributing to science and achieving impact.
Website: www.worldagroforestry.org
APIIT - Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology Sri Lanka