It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Department of Civil Engineering. Our Department is one of the strongest and most well-established Academic Departments in the Sri Lankan University system. The current academic staff strength of 8 Senior Professors, 8 Professors, 1 Associate Professor and 19 Senior Lecturers makes it an academically strong department even by international standards. Presently the department accommodates 500 undergraduates (125 in each batch) and more than 150 fulltime and part-time postgraduate students. While the flagship programme is the Bachelor of Science of Engineering Honours Degree (B.Sc. Eng. (Hons.)) programme, the Department also offers postgraduate Degree Programmes (both taught courses and research degrees) as well as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes and is also actively engaged in research and development activities.
The field of Civil Engineering is very broad, covering many areas such as planning, design and construction of buildings, highways and bridges, irrigation schemes, water supply and sewerage schemes, powerhouses and transmission systems, tunnels and underground structures, etc. It is an area where technologies are developing very fast, and with the sophistication of peoples' life styles and increase in population, Civil Engineers are called upon to face new challenges daily. It is our aim to provide you with the necessary education to face these challenges with confidence.
The Bachelor of Science of Engineering Honours Degree (B.Sc. Eng. (Hons.)) programme (Civil Engineering specialization) offered by the Department is well-established. It has been conducted since 1972 and the Department has to date produced over 3000 graduates. The B.Sc. Engineering Degree programme has been continuously revised in keeping with changes in the educational system and needs of the profession. At present the programme offered by the Department of Civil Engineering extends over 8 semesters and covers the basics of the entire field of Civil Engineering, while permitting students to specialise in a narrower sub-discipline if they so desire. The curriculum enables students to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills, both of an intellectual and practical nature. The programme has the flexibility so that students could make their own choices and provides an environment that prepares students for the world of work. The department strives to provide a learning environment so that students could gain familiarity with state of the art technology and practices. Effort is taken to ensure that the desirable graduate attributes are achieved through the teaching learning and assessment schemes. The department has maintained accreditation with the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) and the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM/ICE, United Kingdom).The Department is in the process of converting the programme to Outcome Based Education (OBE) in order to provide a better educational experience to the students and fall in line with the system of engineering education in the more developed countries.
I wish you a very pleasant stay in the Department of Civil Engineering. The staff and I will make every effort to provide an education that will make you a competent Civil Engineer with significant knowledge and skills in design, analysis, synthesis, application techniques and management, who can serve the Civil Engineering Profession within and outside Sri Lanka with confidence and distinction.