University of Moratuwa

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University of Moratuwa
මොරටුව විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය
மொறட்டுவைப் பல்கலைக்கழகம்
University of Moratuwa logo.png
The emblem of University of Moratuwa
Former names
Katubedda Campus of University of Ceylon
Sanskrit: विद्यायेव शर्वधनम (Vidyaayev Sharvadhanam)
Motto in English
Wisdom is all Wealth
Established1972;49 years ago (1972)
Chancellor K. K. Y. W. Perera
Vice-Chancellor N. D. Gunawardena [1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 7,000
Postgraduates 2,500
CampusUrban - 10 ha (25 acres)
Nickname Mora

The University of Moratuwa (also referred as Moratuwa University) (Sinhala : මොරටුව විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයMoraṭuva Viśvavidyālaya, Tamil : மொறட்டுவைப் பல்கலைக்கழகம் [2] ) is a technological university in Sri Lanka. It is located on the bank of the Bolgoda Lake in Katubedda, Moratuwa. Apart from academics including undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the University of Moratuwa presents social and cultural activities, student services, societies, [3] and sports and recreational activities. [4] 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, [5] [6] [7] Imagine Cup Sri Lanka, [8] and IEEEXtreme Competition. [9] [10] 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. [5]

The 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 Institute Research Challenge and the CIMA Global Business Challenge. [11]


The University of Moratuwa is an independent state university in Katubedda, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka overlooking 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 College (GTC) which was established in Maradana, Colombo in 1893. [12]

The GTC was one of the first institutions for formal technical education in Sri Lanka (the Ceylon Medical School was established in 1870, followed by Colombo Law College (1875), School of Agriculture (1884) and the Government Technical College (1893)). 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 Ceylon Technical College, Katubedda was established in 1966 offering the Diploma in Technology, it gained 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]

Organisation and administration

Academic entities

Faculty of Architecture

The Faculty of Architecture offers six Honours Degrees such as Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying, Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management, Bachelor of Science in Town & Country Planning. In addition, the Faculty of Architecture offers eight Postgraduate degrees such as MSc/PG Diploma in Interior Design, MSc in Landscape Design, MSc in Architectural Conservation of Monuments and Sites (ACOMAS), Master of Urban Design, MSc in Project Management, MSc/PG Diploma in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, MSc in Occupational Safety and Health Management, MSc in Spatial Planning, Management and Design. 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 and 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

  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Building Economics
  • Department of Integrated Design
  • Department of Town & Country Planning

The divisions and units at the Faculty of Architecture are

  • Undergraduate Studies Division
  • Postgraduate Studies Division
  • Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU)
  • Faculty of Architecture Quality Assurance Cell

Faculty of Engineering

It is the largest faculty in the University of Moratuwa, [14] comprising eleven academic departments, over 200 academic staff and around 3500 undergraduate and thousands of post-graduate students. The faculty offers the Honours Degree of Bachelor of the Science of Engineering in ten 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]

The Departments at the Faculty of Engineering are

  • Department of Chemical & Process Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Department of Earth Resources Engineering [16]
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering
  • Department of Materials Science & Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Textile & Clothing Technology
  • Department of Transport & Logistics

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.

  • Department of Mathematics

The divisions and units at the Faculty of Engineering are

  • Undergraduate Studies Division
  • Postgraduate Studies Division
  • Industrial Training Division
  • Engineering Research Unit (ERU)
  • English Language Teaching Centre
  • Engineering Faculty Quality Assurance Cell
  • Career Guidance Unit

Faculty of Information Technology

The Faculty of Information Technology was established in June 2001 to address the widening gap in the supply of IT professionals. [17] 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. [17] 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.

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

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Management
  • MSc. in Information Technology
  • MSc. in Artificial Intelligence

The Departments at the Faculty of Information Technology are

  • Department of Information Technology
  • Department of Computational Mathematics
  • Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty of Graduate Studies

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

Faculty of Business

The Faculty of Business was established in June 2017 to produce graduates who will be ready to take the businesses to a higher level in the next decade. With the increasing use of data analytics for improving business efficiency, the world is looking for a new breed of business graduates who can bring fresh insights to an organisation. The business faculty at the University of Moratuwa will be offering world-class undergraduate degree programs in Business Science training students with conceptual underpinning as well as vocationally relevant knowledge and skills. [18]

Faculty of Medicine

In 2020, the University Grants Commission (Sri Lanka), in its annual National University Admission Handbook, announced an inaugural intake of 75 undergraduates to study Medicine in the University of Moratuwa establishing it as the 11th Faculty of Medicine in the island.

Institute of Technology

The Institute of Technology , was founded as the Ceylon College of Technology in Moratuwa in 1966 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. in 2000, the Institute of Technology was established 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. [19]

Other sections

  • Information Systems Division / MIS Unit

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

  • Center for Information Technology Services (CITeS)

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

  • Industrial Automation Research Center (IARC)
  • Medical Centre
  • Day Care Centre
  • Media Centre
  • Centre for Instructional Technologies [20]



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. The 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 Professor K.K.Y.W. Perera.

Vice Chancellor

The vice-chancellor is 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. N.D. Gunawardena.

Deputy Vice Chancellor

Prof. P.K.S. Mahanama [21]

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

Staff unions and clubs

Former Chancellors

Notable alumni

Student life

Student organisations

Students at the University of Moratuwa run over 25 clubs and organisations. These include cultural and religious groups, academic clubs and common-interest organisations. The University Students' Union is considered the highest body which represents all internal students of the university. [3] Separate student unions operate in each faculty.

Sports and recreation

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:

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