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Excellence in Education :

Peradeniya University, Engineering Faculty

The Engineering Faculty, Peradeniya University is the first engineering faculty in Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1950 and shifted to the present location at Peradeniya in 1964. Today, the Engineering Faculty blessed with rich resources excels as one of the eight Faculties of the Peradeniya University located in an idyllic environment on the banks of the Mahaweli River and at the foothills of the Hantana mountain range.

The Faculty maintains its long-standing reputation for excellence in engineering education. The nationally and internationally accredited curriculum of four-year full-time undergraduate degree program of the Faculty leads to the degree of Bachelor of the Science of Engineering (BScEng).

Technical courses

The curriculum has been planned to offer the students a rich engineering education through technical courses, non-technical courses of cross-disciplinary breadth, laboratory and design experience, project works, field works and industrial training. The first year is the General Program common to all students and the following three years are devoted to Specialization Program in one of the six specialization fields of engineering; Chemical and Process, Computer, Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Mechanical and Production Engineering.

The Faculty also has several full-time and part-time postgraduate programs leading to Diploma and MSc, MScEng, MPhil and PhD degrees. Postgraduate programs are greatly supported by Faculty collaborations with industry and several foreign universities. The Faculty keeps abreast with advancing technologies through research and development activities, staff training, hosting international conferences and meetings.

Training programs

Students and staff closely work with the industry through consultancy services, research projects, testing services and offering short courses and training programs in various topics relevant to the industry. The Faculty maintains strong liaison with the industries directly and through Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka and Peradeniya Engineering Faculty Alumni Association (PEFAA). Faculty wins number of national and international awards every year.

There are seven established Departments of Study at the Faculty, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering. The academic programs and services are conducted by these Departments and are supported by the Computing Centre, Engineering Library, Engineering Workshop, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Workshop, Engineering Education Unit, Industrial Training and Career Guidance Unit, English Language Teaching Unit and the Centre for Engineering Research and Postgraduate Studies.

Conducive environment

In this residential university, faculty students are blessed with a conducive environment to nurture rich human qualities, to broaden their horizon by interacting with fellow students of all the communities and all the faculties while enjoying student life. There are students from all parts of the country representing a wide cross section of society within this university. Moreover, engineering students have a proud tradition of active involvement in sports, societies and community services.

Needless to say, all these provide an invaluable experience for the students in their future endeavours. Also, this welcoming experience from the diverse cultural and intellectual climate undoubtedly moulds them to live in harmony in our pluralistic society respecting social and cultural values and to be ethical citizens of Sri Lanka.

Over past six decades, the faculty has produced 9,627 competent engineers for the nation as its major contribution to the national development. The Faculty is determined to pursuit with its mission of acquiring, promoting, developing and disseminating knowledge of engineering sciences and its application for sustainable development and better quality of life.

Prof S B Weerakoon Dean/Engineering


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