The Asian Universities Alliance (AUA) is an academic alliance of the top universities in the Asian region. It was officially established in 2017 to fulfil the long felt need of exploring an Asian identity in learning and research. The 15 founding members are: Chulalongkorn University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, King Saud University, the National University of Singapore, Nazarbayev University, Peking University, the Seoul National University, Tsinghua University, the United Arab Emirates University, Universitas Indonesia, the University of Colombo, the University of Malaya, the University of Tokyo, and the University of Yangon. These universities are regarded as the top Asian universities at present.

The University of Colombo received the Executive Presidency of the Asian Universities Alliance in April 2019 for the academic year 2019/2020. As the current Executive President of the Asian Universities Alliance, the University of Colombo will host two major annual events of the consortium: The AUA Executives’ Meeting and AUA Youth Forum in November 2019 under the theme of “Health & Wellbeing”.

The University of Colombo’s Annual Research Symposium is the foremost research event of the university. The University’s academic staff, along with affiliated researchers, showcase the research projects that they have been working on at this event. This year, the Symposium will also be organized parallel to the AUA events, under the same theme. These evenets, as well as the theme, are timely in the context of the University celebrating 150 years of the existence of its first academic institution, the Faculty of Medicine.