• UMCSAWM Building and Civil Engineering Complex, University of Moratuwa

Welcome to UMCSAWM

UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre for South Asia Water Management [UMCSAWM] of the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Moratuwa supported by the South Asia Foundation [SAF] has the prime objective of promoting regional cooperation through South Asian Water Management Education.

Department of Civil Engineering, in collaboration with UMCSAWM, offers postgraduate courses in Sustainable Water Resources Engineering and Management, while offering fully paid Madanjeet Singh Scholarships to students from member countries of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation [SAARC]. These scholarships are funded by the South Asia Foundation [SAF].

UMCSAWM is a landmark in Sri Lankan university history as the first regional centre established to conduct full-time postgraduate degree programmes. This is also in line with the government’s national policy and development framework. Ministry of Higher Education and University Grants Commission are presently paying special attention towards the internationalization of Sri Lankan Universities.

In October 2010, the UMCSAWM project was commissioned by the MoU between the South Asia Foundation [SAF] and the University of Moratuwa. In order to keep in line with its commitment to be the regional centre of excellence in sustainable water resources management, work for the development of the postgraduate degree program, computer facilities for mathematical modelling and construction of the experimental facilities were commenced.

Approval of the University Grants Commission [UGC] to conduct the Postgraduate Degree program in water resources management was received in June 2012.

Madanjeet Singh Building was inaugurated in 2013 and the first intake of 19 students commenced their studies in August 2013.

The Sustainable Water Resources Management Project of UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre [UMCSAWM] celebrates its 9th year in April 2022.

The proud achievements up-to-date includes:

  • - A centre well equipped with lecture theatres and computer laboratories.
  • - A proven well designed postgraduate program and cutting-edge water research.
  • - Completing the program for six intakes and the seventh started in March 2022 is ongoing.
  • - Numerous Master's degree research (60 completed) and problem-based learning [PBL] projects (1,100+ completed).
  • - A fully automated meteorological data collection station connected to the national grid and constructed at its compound.
  • - A field experimentation facility for Hydraulic, Irrigation and Urban water research which is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2022.

UMCSAWM Vision and Mission

UMCSAWM Focus Areas and Themes

Water Education and Capacity Building

All capacity building programs focus on empowering learners as true implementers of environmentally sustainable water management solutions.

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Pioneering Research

Problem solving water research at UMCSAWM promotes evidence based policy making to ensure a sustainable world for our future

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UMCSAWM Sustainable Water Resources Management Project

UMCSAWM ESD_WI project which emphasize the importance of sustainable water infrastructure, reaches a higher pedestal rising above the contributions from

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Advanced Technology

Cutting edge technology tools for Field experimentations, data capturing, computations, & presentations exhibit UMCSAWM and current trends.

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Research Dissemination

The first water conference of the UMCSAWM was held on the 19th January 2017. This first conference demonstrated the strength of

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Partnerships have been the greatest strength of UMCSAWM. Thus far the SAF trustees as donors have shown immense confidence in the Sustainable Water Resources

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