University of Moratuwa

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University of Moratuwa
මොරටුව විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය
மொறட்டுவைப் பல்கலைக்கழகம்
University of Moratuwa Logo
Former names
Katubedda Campus of University of Ceylon
Motto "Wisdom is all Wealth"
Established 1972
Chancellor Professor K.K.Y.W. Perera
Vice-Chancellor Professor A.K.W. Jayawardane[1]
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 8000
Postgraduates 500
Location Katubedda, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Affiliations University Grants Commission

The University of Moratuwa (also referred as Moratuwa University) (Sinhalese: මොරටුව විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය Moratuwa Vishvavidyalaya), Tamil: மொறட்டுவைப் பல்கலைக்கழகம்[2][3]), located on the bank of the Bolgoda Lake in Katubedda, Moratuwa is the most sought after technological university in Sri Lanka.[4] Apart from academics including undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the University of Moratuwa presents social and cultural activities, student services, societies,[5] and sports and recreational activities.[6] 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 technical education.

Students from the University of Moratuwa have won competitions for Google Summer of Code in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011,[7][8][9] Imagine Cup Sri Lanka,[10] and IEEEXtreme Competition.[11][12] In the 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.[7]

University of Moratuwa won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Sri Lankan Software Design Finals in five out of eight occasions, including 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012. In addition to this, the university maintains a stellar record in the world stage in competitions such as the CFA Investment Research Challenge and the CIMA Global Business Challenge.


The University of Moratuwa is an independent state university in 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 (the Ceylon Medical School was 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 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 university was changed to the University of Sri Lanka.

In 1978 it gained the Independent University Status under Universities Act No. 16 of 1978.[13]

Organization and administration[edit]

Academic entities[edit]

Faculty of Architecture[edit]

The Faculty of Architecture of the University of Moratuwa confers bachelor's degrees in Architecture, Facilities Management, Quantity Surveying, Town & Country Planning, and Design. In addition, it confers master's degrees in Project Management and other post-graduate degrees in fields relevant to academic departments. The Faculty of Architecture enjoys the unique distinction of being the only seat of education in Sri Lanka offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Architecture, Town & Country Planning, Facilities Management and Quantity Surveying. Many of the programmes conducted by the faculty have reached international standards.

The departments at the Faculty of Architecture are

The divisions and units at the Faculty of Architecture are

Faculty of Engineering[edit]

The Faculty of Engineering is the most demanding and top ranked engineering faculty in Sri Lanka. It is the largest faculty in the University of Moratuwa,[14] comprising 12 academic departments, over 200 academic staff and around 3500 undergraduate and post-graduate students. The faculty offers the Honours Degree of Bachelor of the Science of Engineering in nine disciplines, Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design and Product Development, and Bachelor of Science in Transport and Logistics Management. In addition, the Faculty offers a large number of post-graduate degrees leading to Master of Science, Master of Engineering, Master of Philosophy, Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy.[15]

Entrance to the faculty is as for all state universities through the highly competitive GCE Advanced Level examination.[16] The entrance examination consists of Maths, Physics and Chemistry subjects. Entrance is granted on the Z-score obtained. The duration of the degree is four years on completion of which the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science of Engineering is awarded.

The Departments at the Faculty of Engineering are

The following departments do not have dedicated students; they support the academic activities of other departments by offering subjects to engineering undergraduates from all fields.

The divisions and units at the Faculty of Engineering are

Faculty of Information Technology[edit]

The Faculty of Information Technology was established in June 2001 to address widening gap in the supply of IT professionals. The undergraduate program in IT is limited to a number of students. It was planning to expand the undergraduate intake tenfold when the necessary infrastructure facilities are established by 2005. Further, the faculty has started a postgraduate program in IT from early 2004 and few continuing professional development programs addressing the immediate needs of the local IT industry. It is guarantied that the faculty continues to develop and expand adapting to satisfy the ever-changing needs of the IT industry to become an entity which the students and the industry would look up to.

The Faculty of Information Technology offers two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees which are

The Departments at the Faculty of Information Technology are

Faculty of Graduate Studies[edit]

The Faculty of Graduate Studies was established in June 2016 to enhance the postgraduate research culture in the university.

Institute of Technology[edit]

The Ceylon College of Technology (CCT) was thus established at Katubedda in 1966 which offered a practically oriented engineering diploma (Diploma in Technology, abbreviated to DipTech) equivalent to a degree which was developed and offered with the technical assistance of UNESCO. The CCT commenced with specialisations in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, initially utilising the physical facilities available at the IPT. The IPT continued in the same premises with its full-time courses, but was amalgamated with the CCT in 1967 and the JTO course was restructured and named as the Technician's course. Arising of a perceived need to separate technical education at lower than degree level from the main university, the Institute of Technology University of Moratuwa (ITUM) was established with effect from 10 March 2000 to conduct the National Diploma in Technology course separately from the Faculty of Engineering, with the Ordinance for the same having been gazetted in August 2000.

Following discipline of fields are available in ITUM.

  • Chemical Engineering Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering Technology
  • Marine Engineering Technology.
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Nautical Engineering Technology
  • Polymer Engineering Technology
  • Textile Engineering Technology

Other sections[edit]

CITeS is responsible for the University IT Infrastructure which includes administration of university network backbone, general server administration and maintenance of common computing facilities.

  1. Cisco Networking Center
  2. SchoolNet Network Operation Center

Officially established around 2007 and serve most of the information system related services including e-Learning, EMIS and ERP to whole university and one of the most success Education Management Information System in Sri Lankan universities.

  • Industrial Automation Research Center (IARC)
  • Medical Centre
  • Day Care Centre
  • Media Centre
  • Centre for Instructional Technologies[17]



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 discipline. 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).

Deputy Vice Chancellor

The deputy vice chancellor of the university is Professor R.A. Attalage, BSc Eng Hons (Moratuwa), M.Sc.(AIT, Thailand), PhD (France).

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.

Other officers
  • Registrar: Mr. A.L. Jaufer Sadique, BA (Cey) P.G.D. Mgt (OUSL)
  • Librarian: Mrs. R.C. Kodikara, BA (Kelaniya), MLS (BrCol)
  • Bursar: Mr. K.A.D. Pushpakeerthi

Staff unions and clubs[edit]


Notable alumni[edit]

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.[5] 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
  • Building Economics Student Society (BESS)
  • 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]

The Department of Physical Education caters to 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 and those who wish to use the facilities for fitness may use 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, weightlifting 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Prof. A.K.W. Jayawardane". Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ a b "Welcome to University of Moratuwa". Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to University of Moratuwa". Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Google Open Source Blog: Tasty New Google Summer of Code Stats". Google Open Source Blog. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Google Open Source Blog: This Week's Top 10's: Universities for Google Summer of Code 2008". Google Open Source Blog. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Google Open Source Blog: Who's Being Schooled?". Google Open Source Blog. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Moratuwa, UCSC, Peradeniya, SLIIT and IIT through to Imagine Cup 2011 SL Final". Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  11. ^ IEEEXtreme Competition 2009
  12. ^ IEEEXtreme Competition: UoM team wins world prize
  13. ^ "History". University of Moratuwa. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Faculty of Engineering". Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "::Home Page::Faculty of Engineering::University of Moratuwa::". Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  16. ^ University Admissions - Minimum Z-Scores
  17. ^ "Centres Providing Specialized Services". University of Moratuwa. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 

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