Intake 3

Achieving learning outcomes by promoting sustainable approaches .

The UMCSAWM Master’s program is outstanding and I acquired knowledge both from the subjects I have followed and PBL’s based on real-life water related problems and industrial applications.

The method of teaching/learning is very well designed in the UMCSAWM environment and the delivery method is focused on achieving learning outcomes, promoting sustainable approaches for water resources engineering and management.


Eng. K.  D. C.  R. Dissanayaka (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Sri Lanka)


To build a knowledgeable global community ….

With the world’s population continuing to grow and becoming more urbanized, and the impacts of climate change becoming ever more apparent leading to extreme variability in rainfall, higher evaporation and greater risks from flooding and sea-level rise, the pressure on our water resources has never been greater before. From this viewpoint, this course has immensely benefitted me, providing me the knowledge base needed to solve similar major world issue such as climate change and urbanization. Further, we have learnt integrated water resources management approaches and alternatives in developing countries of the world to build the resilience and risk into water management.

The primary aim of this course is to build a knowledgeable global community to promote International and regional cooperation with the focus on integrated water resource engineering and management. Further, examples of cooperation over trans boundary waters, the causes of water conflicts, best practices, and innovative management techniques were also learnt.

The overall experienced in UNESCO Madenjeet Singh Centre in Sri Lanka was excellent and I learned there efficient use of water and ways of of better management of water resource system through application of research to solve the real problems.

This is for sure one of the best places for water resource management not even in the South Asia also in the World. Due to the thorough traning given, the students graduated from this centre have a capability to solve the real problems in the fields..

Eng. Muhammad Kamran (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Pakistan)

Civil Design Engineer, Consult & Construct (PVT) LTD,



Interesting learning experience with opportunity for regional cooperation ….

As a SAF scholar, I was able to follow this Water Resources Engineering and Management course which was an interesting subject area for me. The program covered many areas related to water management and related software and can be evaluated as a an excellent Master’s program. SAF scholarship provided me financial support to follow the studies well and I am very much thankful for that. The technical knowledge we gained from this course will be able to use for the betterment of the society.

Learning with SAF scholars in the region, was an interesting experience and a good opportunity for regional cooperation. This year we had SAF scholars from Bhutan, Pakistan and Nepal and we were able to share our knowledge and experience with them. Without being framing to water and water management, we have shared the knowledge and experiences about culture, languages, countries and religions and made lifelong friendship.

Therefore, the studies at UMCSAWM is a good opportunity to promote regional corporation.

The new experience I got is studying with different people from different countries, different ages and different backgrounds. This diversity added colour to studies, since we were able to share knowledge and experience from matured students, understand the potential of young students and share the knowledge and experiences of different countries. This is a rare and very valuable opportunity we got.

Eng. Ms. S. T.  Siriwardana (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Sri Lanka)

Civil Engineer, Irrigation Department,

Sri Lanka


Hands-on experience on water resources related technology ….

I had good hands-on experience on water resources management related technology during my stay in the UMCSAWM centre. The program has transformed me from a raw engineer to competent engineer/manager.   From capacity building to personality development, this program had benefited me in several ways which would be very useful for my carrier.

Centre had brought engineers and young professional from all over the South Asia to work, learn and practice together. Problem of water from high Himalayan glaciers to the costal estuary had been discussed among colleagues. The centre had promoted the scholars to work for mutual benefits. A good nexus of water engineers (Irrigation, Water supply and Hydropower) of South Asia has been formed which has empathy and enthusiasm to work across the region.

I would greatly appreciate the UMCSAWM management for making our stay there as a scholar very smooth. I had cherished moments while living in Sri Lanka both academically and non-academically. Furthermore, Sri Lankan hospitality is key thing to be appreciated.

Eng. Pratik Singh Thakuri (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Nepal)

Intern Volunteer, Rotary International,



Promoting regional cooperation through water management ….

This course helped me a lot in getting technical knowledge regarding management of water which is one of the most important issue in world now a day. Another important aspect of this program was to experience culture of different SAARC countries which is essential for regional cooperation.

Studying with scholars from different SAARC countries helped a lot in understanding their culture and promoting regional cooperation through water management course. Apart from this some subjects were designed specifically to acquire knowledge regarding water resources available in different SAARC countries.

This program was an excellent step in my professional life. This program is unique and one of its own kind. Major emphasis is on practical knowledge by doing Problem Based Learning project for each module. Getting master’s degree in one year under supervision of renowned faculty and the chance to meet people of different countries was surely an amazing experience.

Eng. Ahmad Mohy Ud Din (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Pakistan)


Importance of sustainable water resources management ….

The Master’s program at UMCSAWM covered the topics related to importance of sustainable water resources management, adaptation to climate change, use of hydrologic models and Arc GIS tools, etc., for effective and efficient water management.

The knowledge gathered by attending lectures and experience shared by taking part in field visits and attempting Problem Based Learning (PBL) projects at the Centre have shaped my professional career.


Eng. Ugyen Wangchuk (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Bhutan)

Engineering Technican, Tala Hydroelectric Project Authority,



Importance of sustainable water resources management ….

This Master’s program at UMCSAWM has helped myself to develop as a professional  engineer. I have learned a lot in a year. We have been guided and supported enormously till the end of the course which has led us to successfully complete the course.

The knowledge that I have gained from this course would really benefit me and my country. We have a limited number of Water Resources Engineers in our Country, and practically applying my knowledge would be of great aid to my country and the world as a whole. It is a good opportunity for young practitioners such as myself to study Water resources and their management.

The program brings forth different individuals from different countries in South Asia. Keeping our differences aside, we have managed to overcome a lot of difficulties together though barriers due to language and culture were initially a problem. By the end of the program, we were a team, helping each other through our struggles and pushing each other to success.

Overall, the course is really a good opportunity for young adults such as myself to develop and gain knowledge in the field of water resources engineering..

Eng. Ms. Kinley Wangmo (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Bhutan)

Civil Engineering, Rinson Construction Company (PVT) LTD,