Welcome from the Head of Department


Welcome! to the website of the Department of Earth Resources Engineering, University of Moratuwa.

The Department of Earth Resources Engineering was first established under the link-program between the University of Leeds [U.K] and Katubedda Campus in 1974 when the School of Applied Science at Katubedda was instituted. Since its establishment, the department was named Mining and Mineral Engineering up until the year 2000 when a major curriculum revision was made to match the industrial expectations and provide diverse specializations, following which the department was renamed as Department of Earth Resources Engineering.

In the year 2000, the department enhanced its student intake by up to fifty students per year, and introduced focus areas namely; Remote Sensing & Geographic Systems [RS & GIS], Ocean Resources Engineering, Gem & Jewellery, while the core of the curriculum remaining as Mining and Mineral Engineering. Petroleum Engineering was also added as a focus area into the curriculum later, thereby providing students with a choice of four focus areas in their degree program.

In the year 2004, the department could deserve a competitive grant named; IRQUE [Improving Relevance and Quality of Undergraduate Education], funded by the World Bank which is a benchmark in the history of the department. The winning of this grant made the department much more resourceful. RS & GIS Laboratory, Ocean Resources Engineering [Dry & Wet] Labs, Gem & Jewellery Lab, and Engineering Design Lab were established under this grant.

In addition, the department also has a Geology Lab, Mine Ventilation Lab, Rock Mechanics Lab, Mineral Processing Lab, Analytical Lab, and also Workshop facilities, which are comprised of modern equipment necessary for practical classes, and also for research work in the relevant field of specializations.

The Department of Earth Resources Engineering was granted full international accreditation in accordance with the Washington Accord, by the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka [IESL] after a review of the academic program in the year 2014, which is another significant benchmark in the history of our department.

Further, the department also has a strong network of industry contacts, which has already strengthened the future of our undergraduates. The department annually organizes industrial training placements for our third-year undergraduates together with the Industrial Training Division of the University of Moratuwa, which provides ample opportunities for our students to gain relevant experience, before their graduation. Our graduates are also provided with opportunities to read for their postgraduate qualifications up to the Ph.D. level.

Thank you very much for visiting our website.

Dr Samaradivakara G.V.I.

Head | Dept. of Earth Resources Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

T: +94 112 650 301 Ext. 5001 | M: +94 711 881 530 | E: head-earth@uom.lk