University of Moratuwa
|University of Moratuwa|
(Vidyaiwa Sarwadhanam Sanskrit, "Wisdom is all Wealth").
|Chancellor||Dr. Roland Silva|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. A.K.W. Jayawardane|
|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: மொறட்டுவ 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, and sports and recreational activities. 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, founded in 1960 to provide technician 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, Imagine Cup Sri Lanka, and IEEEXtreme Competition. 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. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Organization and administration
- 3 Chancellors
- 4 Alumni
- 5 Student life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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 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.
Organization and administration
Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Information Technology
- Industrial Automation Research Center (IARC)
- Center for Information Technology Services (CITeS)
- Medical Centre
- Day Care Centre
- Media Centre
- Centre for Instructional Technologies
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.
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 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
- University of Moratuwa Teachers Associaltion (UMTA)
- Toastmasters Club
- Sir Arthur C. Clarke - former chancellor
- Dr. Ray Wijewardena - former chancellor
- Prof. S. "SAM" Karunaratne - former vice chancellor
- Dhammika Perera - Richest man in Sri Lanka (NDT, did not graduate)
- Indira Samarasekera- 12th and current president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta
- Prof Lalith Gamage - President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
- Dr D.A.I. Munindradasa - Defence Advisor and Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering of the Moratuwa University
- Dr Saman Amarasinghe - Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
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. 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)
Sports and recreation
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.
- Prof. A.K.W. Jayawardane
- Societies in University of Moratuwa
- Sports and recreational activities in University of Moratuwa
- Google Summer of Codes Official Blog - Statistics
- This Week's Top 10's: Universities for Google Summer of Code 2008
- Who is being schooled
- Moratuwa, UCSC, Peradeniya, SLIIT and IIT through to Imagine Cup 2011 SL Final
- IEEEXtreme Competition 2009
- IEEEXtreme Competition: UoM team wins world prize
- "History". University of Moratuwa. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
- "Centres Providing Specialized Services". University of Moratuwa. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- Dr.D.A.I.Munindradasa passed away
- Saman Amarasinghe
- Student's Unions, Student's Societies and Clubs of University of Moratuwa