University of Moratuwa

Bandaranayake Mawatha, Katubedda, Moratuwa. 10400

The University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka is an independent state university located at Katubedda, Moratuwa 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. However, its origin can be traced back to the Government Technical School (GTS) which was established in Maradana, Colombo in 1893.

  • Academic Staff (Permanent) 317
  • Academic Staff (Contract) 51
  • Academic Support Staff (Permanent) 30
  • Academic Support Staff (Contract) 6
  • Administrative Staff 28

University of Moratuwa, consists of three Faculties namely, Architecture, Engineering and Information Technology with nineteen (19) academic departments offering eleven (11) Bachelors degree programs to students selected by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and fifty six (56) postgraduate programs together with MSc, Phil & PhD research-based postgraduate degrees. The University has an undergraduate student population of 7687, and 1050 NDT Diploma students of the Institute of Technology of University of Moratuwa the ITUM. These student numbers encompass 1517 undergraduate students admitted in February 2014 and another batch of 1609 students was admitted in October 2014 from 2013 A/L batch catching up with some time despite severe space constraints. It must be highlighted that the University has been increasing the annual intake of students over 75% overall and 200% in the IT Faculty during the last ten years to meet the increasing demand for our degree programs and thereby catering the human resource development of our nation.


University of Moratuwa Team Members


Prof. S.S.L Hettiarachchi

Team Leader, University of Moratuwa
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Contact address: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, 
Bandaranayake Mawatha, Katubedda, Moratuwa. 10400

Professor S.S.L.Hettiarachchi, Professor of Civil Engineering of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka specialized in Coastal Engineering and obtained his PhD from Imperial College, London.

He has represented Sri Lanka on the establishment of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System (IOTWS), under UNESCO/IOC, Paris since its inception in 2005 and served as Chairman of Working Group on Risk Assessment for Indian Ocean States for the Inter Governmental Coordination Group for the establishment of the IOTWS (UNESCO/IOC/ICG/IOTWS) from August 2005 to March 2015. As Chairman, Professor Hettiarachchi provided leadership for the preparation of Tsunami Risk Assessment Guidelines for the Indian Ocean (UNESCO/IOC Guideline and Manual No 52) in 2009 and its revision in 2015. He has also contributed to other UNESCO guidelines on coastal hazards. The Working Group also collaborated with Geo Science Australia to develop the Tsunami Hazard Map for the Indian Ocean. These two powerful tools will contribute to the safety of human life, ecosystems and infrastructure against the tsunami hazard within a multiple hazard coastal framework. Professor Hettiarachchi spearheaded Training Programmes in Coastal Hazards and Tsunami Risk assessment for Indian Ocean States. Major regional training programmes were organised under his leadership in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015.

He has served on UNESCO committees/missions on tsunami risk assessment. Professor Hettiarachchi has also worked with UNDP –Asia Pacific Regional Centre-Bangkok in providing training in Tsunami Risk Assessment for Indian Ocean States. He was a member of the UNESCO Mission for the establishment of Multi Hazard Warning System and Risk assessment of Studies for Sultanate of Oman. He served as a resource person for training programmes held in Muscat in 2012, 2013 and 2015. He served as Guest Editor for UNISDR Prevention Web in December 2014 on the subject of the IOTWS. (

At the 10th sessions of IOTWS held in Oman in March 2015, Professor Hettiarachchi was elected Vice Chairman of IOTWS.




Dr. Chandana Siriwardana

Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
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Chandana works as a Senior Lecturer at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He obtained his PhD from University Calgary in Project Management and MSc from University of Tokyo in Coastal Engineering. His research interests include resilience communities, disaster risk reduction, construction productivity ( and, performance improvements. Chandana currently a level 8 Google local guide.




Chamal Perera

Research Assistant, University of Moratuwa
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Chamal Perera is a graduate from Department of Civil engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and currently work as a research assistant of the department. His research interest is in disaster resilience, disaster risk reduction and hydrology.



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