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.


Ms. Kushani De Silva

Research Associate/Project Coordinator
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Contact address: University of Moratuwa, Bandaranayake Mawatha, 
Katubedda, Moratuwa.Sri Lanka 10400

Kushani De Silva is the Research Associate/Project Coordinator of the ASCENT project at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. She is a PhD researcher in Disaster Management, Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK and a reviewer of International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. She also works as a Visiting Lecturer in Masters programmes such as Disaster Management and Development Practice in Universities of Colombo and Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 

Her academic qualifications include Masters in Women’s Studies with a special focus on Disaster Risk Reduction and B.Sc. Agriculture with a special focus on vulnerable communities. Comprised with 10 plus years of experience in the field of disaster management. Several paper publications in international journals such as Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Disaster Prevention and Management Journal and reviewer of International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. She served as the Gender Specialist, “Kalu Ganga” (Black river) JICA funded Water Supply Project (Phase II) and as a consultant in a partnership project funded by UNICEF in partnership with Central Environment Authority and Ministry of Urban Development and Water Supply and Drainage and IUCN developing a multi sector strategy and action plan for the management and conservation “Kelani” river basin in Sri Lanka. She served UNDP as a national staff/team member in many national initiatives such as developing a five year Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme for Sri Lanka with BCPR, developing HFA monitoring reports with UNISDR, Integrated Post Flood Assessment with the World Bank and GFDRR, developing standard school books with technical agencies in Sri Lanka. Also served as a panelist at the Global Risk Forum, Davos, 2012


Ms Shayani Weeresinghe 

Research Assistant
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Contact address: 42/35 Beddagana Road, Nadukarawatte, Pita Kotte 

Shayani Weeresinghe is a Research Assistant at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka) since 2012. She has been engaged on three EU-funded projects. ANDROID (Academic Network for Disaster Resilience) and CADRE (Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education) are funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme and both concern disaster resilience education. However the focus of each project is interdisciplinary working in disaster resilience education and emerging competencies within the built environment respectively. Thirdly is CASCADE (Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Action, Development and Education) an EU-FP7 project focusing on societal challenges as outlined by the latest EU framework on research and innovation “Horizon 2020”, within South Asia. 


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