University of Moratuwa

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University of Moratuwa
මොරටුව විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය
மொரட்டுவை பல்கலைக்கழகம்
University of Moratuwa Logo
Motto "Wisdom is all Wealth".
Established 1972
Chancellor Dr. Roland Silva
Vice-Chancellor Prof. A.K.W. Jayawardane[1]
Admin. staff 500
Undergraduates 4,000
Postgraduates 500
Location Katubedda, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Former names Katubedda Campus of University of Ceylon
Affiliations University Grants Commission

The University of Moratuwa (Sinhala: මොරටුව විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය, Tamil: மொரட்டுவை பல்கலைக்கழகம்), on the banks of the Bolgoda Lake in Katubedda, Moratuwa, is the most sought-after technological university in Sri Lanka. Apart from academics including the undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the University of Moratuwa presents social and cultural activities, student services, societies,[2] and sports and recreational activities.[3] The institution was known as Ceylon College of Technology, Katubedda (Katubedda Tech) before gaining university status. Its roots go back to the Institute of Practical Technology(Currently National Diploma in Technology(NDT), founded in 1960 to provide technical education.

Students from the University of Moratuwa have won a number of competitions for Google Summer of Code in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011,[4][5][6] Imagine Cup Sri Lanka,[7] and IEEEXtreme Competition.[8][9] Further in Google Summer of Code, University of Moratuwa was ranked as the top university worldwide in the number of awards received by students for the five-year period from its inception in 2005.[4] University of Moratuwa has won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Sri Lankan Software Design Finals in 5 out of 8 occasions including 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012.


The University of Moratuwa is an independent state university located at Katubedda, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka overlooking the picturesque Bolgoda Lake. It was established as the University of Moratuwa (UoM), Sri Lanka on 22 December 1978 under the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978 and operates under the general direction of the University Grants Commission. Its origin can be traced to the Government Technical School (GTS) which was established in Maradana, Colombo in 1893.

The GTS was one of the first institutions for formal technical education in Sri Lanka (other than the Ceylon Medical School established in 1870). It became the pioneering institution for science education in Sri Lanka and its name was changed to the Ceylon Technical College (CTC) in 1906. The CTC provided technical education in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering fields even before the establishment of the University College Colombo, affiliated to the University of London, in 1921.

The CCT at Katubedda first earned University status, as the Katubedda Campus of the single University of Ceylon, on 15 February 1972. The Department of Architecture, then at Colombo, was transferred to Katubedda in the formation of this new campus. The Katubedda Campus thus began with one faculty, that of NDT, Engineering and Architecture. The first president of the campus was Dr LH Sumanadasa who steered the progress of the institution and was the principal of the IPT before it became the Katubedda Campus. When Ceylon became a Republic on 22 May 1972, the corporate name of the single university was changed to the University of Sri Lanka.

In the year 1978 it gained the Independent University Status under Universities Act No. 16 of 1978.[10]

Organization and administration[edit]

Academic entities[edit]

Faculty of Architecture[edit]

Faculty of Engineering[edit]

  • Chemical & Process Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Earth Resources Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering
  • Management of Technology
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Textile & Clothing Technology
  • Transport & Logistics Management

Faculty of Information Technology[edit]

Institute of Technology[edit]

The Institute of Technology was established on 10th March 2000 by the Honourable Minister of Education and Higher Education primarily to conduct NDT and other similar level courses at the University of Moratuwa. But the history of the NDT programme dates back to the period of Ceylon Technical College Maradana established in 1893.The origin of the NDT programme had been at Maradana Technical College, as the Junior Technical Offices (JTO) course. The J.T.O course was later transferred to the Institute of Practical Technology (IPT) at Katubedda, when this institute was formed in 1960, with aid from the Government of Canada on a fifty acre block of land over-looking the Bolgoda Lake.

The primary aim of the IPT was to provide full time courses for architects, junior technical officers, surveyors & levellers and draughtsmen. This Institute also offered part time courses in engineering studies for those employed in the government and private sectors, and also prepared students for foreign professional examinations of the Institution of Engineers, UK and the Royal Institute of British Architects. The courses in architecture however, were later transferred to the University of Ceylon, Colombo when it established its own Department of Architecture.

The Institute of Practical Technology witnessed its first change of status, six years after its inception. The Government of Ceylon found that an effective system of specialized education and training capable of supplying the country with the necessary scientific and technical personnel was a prerequisite to achieve and sustain rapid development. It therefore appointed a ‘Commission of Inquiry on Technical Education in 1961. As engineering education at a higher level was provided exclusively by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, this Commission in its report of 1963, recommended the enhancement of facilities to professional engineering education. It was therefore decided to establish the Ceylon College of Technology at Katubedda, utilising the resources of the Institute of Practical Technology. Assistance for this project was provided by the United Nations Development Programme through UNESCO. The Ceylon College of Technology was thus begun with its new courses on a professional level in 1966. The Institute of Practical Technology continued in the same premises with its full-time courses, but was amalgamated with the Ceylon College of Technology. The year 1967 witnessed the introduction of the NDT programme that succeeded the JTO courses of study. The engineering degree and technician programme of the Ceylon College of Technology were designed to have an industrial bias with the inclusion of a compulsory period of in-plant training so that the College would produce an engineer or technician with practical training as an integral part of his study. Within the next six years of its existence, the Ceylon College of Technology earned University status.

Under the provisions of the University Act No 01 of 1972, the University of Ceylon was established on the 15th of February 1972, incorporating all the existing universities and the Ceylon College of Technology as campuses of a single university. The Ceylon College of Technology thus became the Katubedda Campus of the University of Ceylon. The Department of Architecture from the then University of Ceylon, Colombo campus and the Technical Teacher and Instructor Training Institute at Ratmalana established with aid from the International Labour Organization were transferred to this newly formed Katubedda campus. It began with just one faculty, that of Engineering and Architecture. The first President of the Campus was Dr. L. H. Sumanadasa who steered the progress of the Institution from its inception as Principal of the Institute of Practical Technology, and then as the Director, Ceylon College of Technology. Later he was appointed as the Vice – Chancellor of the University of Ceylon.

When Ceylon subsequently became a Republic in 1972, the corporate name of the single university was changed to University of Sri Lanka. In the meantime, the departments of study at the Katubadde Campus were expanded and new courses of study at technician, undergraduate and post graduate levels were introduced. The School of Applied Science was established in 1974. The Sub- department of Rubber Technology now titled Polymer Technology was established in 1976. The Department of Town and Country Planning and the Sub–departments of Textile Technology and Marine Engineering were established later.

Other sections[edit]

  • Industrial Automation Research Center (IARC)
  • Center for Information Technology Services (CITeS)
  • Medical Centre
  • Day Care Centre
  • Media Centre
  • Centre for Instructional Technologies[11]



Chancellor is the head of the university and is responsible for awarding all the academic degrees. Usually the chancellor is a distinguished person in an academic disciplene. Otherwise it is a distinguished person or a clergy in the civil society. Appointment is done by the head of the state, the President of Sri Lanka. The position is mainly ceremonial and duties are usually carried out by the vice chancellor. The current chancellor of the university is Deshamanya Dr. Roland Silva.

Vice chancellor

The vice chancellor is de facto the principal academic and administrative officer of the university, responsible for the management tasks. This appointment is also done by the President of Sri Lanka. The vice chancellor of the university is Prof. A.K.W. Jayawardane, BSc Eng Hons (Moratuwa), MSc(UK), PhD(UK), CEng, FIE(SL).

Deans of Faculties

Deans are the heads of the faculties. They are responsible for the management and the tasks carried out by the faculty. Deans are appointed by the chancellor for three years.

  • Dean Faculty of Architecture: Professor Chitra Weddikkara, B.Sc.B.E.(S.L), A.Arch. (Aust), B.Sc.Q.S.(Aust), M.Sc.Bldg(Aust), Ph.D. (Law), R.A.I.A.(Aust), F.I.A.(S.L.), A.I.Q.S.,A.I.Q.S.(Aust), F.R.I.C.S., F.I.Q.S.(S.L.)
  • Dean Faculty of Engineering: Professor U.G.A. Puswewala, B.Sc.Eng (Moratuwa), MEng. (AIT), PhD (Manitoba), CEng, MIE(SL)
  • Dean Faculty of Information Technology: Mr. D.K. Vithanage, B.Sc. Eng, MSc. (Comp. Sc), CEng, MIERE, FIA
Other officers
  • Registrar: A L Jaufer Sadique, BA (Cey) P.G.D. Mgt (OUSL)
  • Librarian: R C Kodikara, BA(Kelaniya), MLS(BrCol)
  • Bursar: P.A. Gunathilaka

Staff unions and clubs[edit]



Coordinates: 6°47′47″N 79°54′3″E / 6.79639°N 79.90083°E / 6.79639; 79.90083

Student life[edit]

Student organizations[edit]

Students at the University of Moratuwa run over 25 clubs and organizations. These include cultural and religious groups, academic clubs and common-interest organizations. The University Students' Union is considered the highest body which represents all internal students of the university.[14] Separate student unions operate in each faculty. These student societies include:

  • The University Students' Union consists of all members of the faculty unions.
  • The Engineering Faculty Students' Union consists of the representatives of students in the Faculty of Engineering, elected for one year.
  • The NDT Students' Union consists of the representatives of students in the ITUM.
  • The Architecture Faculty Students' Union consists of the representatives of students in the Faculty of Architecture.
  • The Information Technology Faculty Students Union consists of the representatives of students in the Faculty of Information Technology.
  • AIESEC Colombo South
  • Astronomical Society
  • Buddhist Society
  • Catholic Students' Society
  • Civil Engineering Society
  • Computer Science and Engineering Society (CS & ES)
  • Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc)
  • Information Technology Society (INTECS)
  • Electronic Club
  • English Literary Association
  • Ethugalpura Students' Circle
  • Gavel club
  • LEO Club
  • Majlis Ui Islam Society
  • Maritime Club
  • Mass Media Society
  • Materials Engineering Students' Society
  • Mechanical Engineering Society
  • Moratuwa Students Christian Fellowship
  • Nature Team
  • Quantity Surveying Society
  • Rangamadale Api Rangakala Ekamuthuwa
  • Rotaract Club
  • Sinhala Cultural Society
  • Sisu Sahana Society
  • Student Development Society
  • Tamil Literary Society
  • Textile Engineering students' society(TESS)
  • Moratuwa university Textile Association(MUTA)
  • Society of Transport and Logistics (STL)

Sports and recreation[edit]

Department of Physical Education caters the student population of the university in sports. The department gives the students sports facilities in two ways:

  • Students who wish to play games only for fun in their leisure times and the students who wish to use the facilities for fitness are given a chance of using the power room, swimming, weightlifting room, common room for table tennis, carom and chess and the gymnasium to play badminton.
  • The department conducts a regular programme for 18 sports: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Carom, Chess, Cricket, Elle, Football, Karate, Netball, Rowing, Rugby Football, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, Weight Lifting and Wrestling. The department gives the facilities necessary for these sports and supplies qualified coaches for most of the games. The aim in this regular programme is to participate in the annual inter-university and national championships.


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