Department of Town & Country Planning, University of Moratuwa is a project partner of Erasmus+ grant recipient for Curricula Enrichment Delivered through the Application of Location-based Services to Intelligent Transport Systems [LBS2ITS]
The Technische Universitat Wien (TUW), Austria and Department of Town & Country Planning and Transport Engineering Group, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa jointly received an Erasmus+ funded project titled 'Curricula Enrichment delivered through the Application of Location-based Services to Intelligent Transport Systems/LBS2ITS'.
The overarching aim of the project is higher education curriculum development to produce professionals who are equipped to improve the liveability of urban and provisional areas in the partner country. This will be achieved through delivering an enhanced curriculum and new didactic practices for Location-based Services (LBS) and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Sri Lankan universities. The benefit will be to achieve safer, more reliable, more comfortable, more environment-friendly and energy-efficient integrated multimodal transportation solutions at regional and urban level with direct impact on the economy and the society. The project will enhance postgraduate and undergraduate programmes conducted by Department of Town & Country Planning and Transport Engineering Group, Department of Civil Engineering by improving lecture materials, physical and online learning resources and capacities of the academic and technical staff member. LBS2ITS is based on a consortium of three EU universities namely Technische Universitat Dresden (TUD), Germany; National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece and four Sri Lankan Universities. universities namely University of Moratuwa (UoM), Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL), University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ) and General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) It will build a fully immersive and integrated teaching and learning experience. The outcome will be a digital learning environment supporting synthetic and real-world learning experiences encouraging self-paced learning modules for both teacher and students. It will contain digital resource kits for interaction with modern equipment, continuous assessment and two-way feedback. Webinars and virtual experiences will underpin real-world Problem-based Learning (PBL) scenarios. A key novelty will be inclusion of industry representatives and external experts in the advisory groups. These will support our dissemination and quality control initiatives, the relevance of the PBL and student learning outcomes. Mentorship and a focus on cultural awareness, gender equity and social parity will govern our principles for curricula enrichment.
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Prof. P.K.S. Mahanama has been reappointed as deputy vice-chancellor
Prof. PKS Mahanama of the Department of Town and Country Planning has been reappointed as the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University on 08 th March 2018. Prof. PKS Mahanama holds a BA Hons in Geography from the University of Kelaniya and MSc in Town & Country Planning from University of Moratuwa. He is a Fellow member of Institute of Town Planners Sri Lanka. Prof. Mahanama Joined the academic staff of the Faculty of Architecture in 1992 and since then served the Department of Town & Country Planning, University of Moratuwa. He was the Head, Department of Town & Country Planning, University of Moratuwa from 2005 until he assumed duties as the Dean, Faculty of Architecture in 2008. Since then, he served as the Dean for two consecutive periods from 2008 to 2014. Furthermore, he served to the university in different capacities as Chairman of the Senate Research Committee, Co-Chairman of The Board of Residence and Discipline, Director OTS of HETC project and Chairman of the Master Plan Committee. Prof. Mahanama is a Charted Town Planner and served as the President of Institute of Town Planners, Sri Lanka for the period from 2012-2014.