It is a proud moment for me to give this message to mark the commencement of the fulltime International Master’s Degree program in Water Resources Engineering and Management. The Water Engineering Division of the Department of Civil Engineering which started the first Postgraduate Degree Programme of Moratuwa University is again leading from the front with a breakthrough effort to ensure yet another mile stone. This program is the first of its kind in the entire higher education system of our country.
In the years to come, the Department of Civil Engineering and its untiring staff would contribute to our nation and neighbouring nations by disseminating our strengths in water and irrigation. This indeed is another huge stride by University of Moratuwa towards the national development vision of Governmental Sri Lanka. The efforts of the University are substantially supported by the South Asia Foundation and the work commenced with the Late Hon. Lakshman Kadiragarmar inviting our university to submit a proposal for funding. The South Asia Foundation consented to provide full scholarships to SAARC country students. UNESCO goodwill ambassador Late Shri Madanjeet Singh from his personal funds donated a new building for the regional center to house this Master’s degree program, water management, related research and training programs.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who worked untiringly towards achieving this goal, those who supported with finances and good will. I wish the program and the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Center for South Asia Water Management success in the years to come.
Professor Ananda Jayawardena