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Sri Lanka and The Netherlands have had relationships for over 400 years. The relations between two countries in respect of educational aspects, commenced after the establishment of the Netherlands Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC) in 1952. The NUFFIC coordinated training and higher education facilities in The Netherlands along with Government of The Netherlands. During the last six decades, a large number of Sri Lankans was able to obtain higher education in different disciplines in The Netherlands through the assistance of the NUFFIC and the Government of The Netherlands. This training has proved extremely useful in the diversified national development programmes of Sri Lanka. Many of these alumni occupy very high positions in State and Private Sector organizations in Sri Lanka.
14 Alumni who had followed different higher educational programmes in The Netherlands gathered in Colombo on 21st December 1970 and established an organization called the Netherlands Alumni Association of Lanka, commonly referred to as NAAL. The concept of the Netherlands Alumni Associations was mooted by then Director of NUFFIC, Drs. Evert Jongens who has over the decades been a true friend of Sri Lanka in the fullest sense of term “friend”.

This organization has been registered as a limited liability company under the Department of  Registrar of Companies in Sri Lanka..  Members have to pay an annual subscription and are eligible to obtain Life Membership after two years as a member. NAAL is recognized by the Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands, NUFFIC, several municipalities in the Netheralands and other institutions such as the Federation of the Municipalities in The Netherlands (VNG) and other Alumni Associations in the world. It is governed by an Executive Committee elected at the Annual General meeting.  One of the objectives of NAAL is to promote relations between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands. NAAL Executive Committee implements a number of programmes with the assistance from City of Velsen and other Dutch private donors. One of the initial coordinating roles of NAAL was the implementation of the Galle –Velsen Twinning Program. 1976 was a land mark year for both Galle and Velsen as this Dutch Municipality commemorated the 100th anniversary of North Sea Canal along with a Sri Lanka week in Velsen with the initiative of Drs. Evert Jongens, the founder of Stiching Netherlands. In the same year Galle was looking for a friendly city in the Netherlands and on 13th November 1976 a new Chapter of the Two cities, Galle in Sri Lanka and Velsen in The Netherlands was opened up.
 
Following are  Office Bearers for 2014/15
His Excellency The Ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands
Mr L.W.M. Piët
 

Vice Patrons Drs Evert Jongens

  Mrs Lianne H W S  Houben
  Mr R.P.Wimalsena
 
Mr S P C  Kumaranasinghe President
Mr S G Punchihewa Vice President
Mr J Paranamana Vice President
Mrs Hema Dharmawardana Secretary
Eng(Mrs) ThamaraMallawaarachch Asst.Secretary
   
Mr S B Niyangoda Treasurer 
Mr T G Wijerathna Banda Asst Treasurer
Mr Linton Fernando Social Secretary
Mr Sarath Jayatilaka Editor
     

Committee Members

   
Mr S Hettiarachchi    
Mr Asoka Siriwardena    
Mr Sunil Rodrigo    
Mrs Mangala Wickramanayake    
Mrs Sunethra Wijesundara    
Mr Roshan Serasinghe    
Mrs P I Samarasinghe    
Mr Nihal Fernando    
 
 
Main Objectives of NAAL are
Promote fellowship and goodwill among its members
Liaise with Institutions in The Netherlands and disseminate technological programs
Advice and assist prospective Sri Lankan participants of study programmes in the Netherlands before departure
Promote or participate in social and cultural development projects in collaboration with Dutch Universities, institutions, and non-governmental organizations.
Work for the general welfare of members
Forty Third Annual General Meeting
   
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    NETHERLANDS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF lANKA
    # 95, Prince Street,
    Colombo 11, Sri Lanka
  Tel/Fax : +94-11-2447002