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First Intake

The best avenue for a young engineer like me to grow professionally ….

Although it is a just one year stay at UMCSAWM, Sri Lanka, my experience here was found to be exceptionally valuable and rewarding. I found that the course program is excellent and challenging.

The course program has been prepared based on the current needs and challenges we are facing while trying to keep pace with the ever changing water problems across the world.

One of the new aspects we are currently learning is the “Problem Based Learning”(PBL) approach. These PBL projects have helped us gain both subject knowhow as well as practical knowledge in the field of water resource engineering.

Eng. Sonam Tobgay (01st Intake)

SAF Scholar (Bhutan)

Engineering Manager, Bhutan Hydropower Services Limited, Bhutan


Worldwide recognized Master’s engineering program ….

The UMCSAWM Center is really an ideal place for studying Water Resources Engineering and Management due to its unique program structure and delivery method.

The centre has provided a good study environment and the program is carefully designed to address complicated subject matters in a convincible way.

The delivery method, well designed with lectures, PBL based on real examples, field visits, continuous assignments and research could maintain student enthusiasm throughout the program.

I am pretty happy about being a scholar in a worldwide recognized Master’s engineering program.

Eng. Welhenage Keerthirathne (01st Intake)

SAF Scholar (Sri Lanka)

Chief Engineer (Design), Sri Lanka Land Reclamation & Development Corporation, Sri Lanka


The best avenue for a young engineer like me to grow professionally ….

Clean and safe drinking water is scarce. In the developing world, challenges due to water shortages are surmounting and this program is like “A stitch in time, saves nine”.

The program offers a complete package for young professionals to become resourceful and efficient water managers. The course not only encompasses a wide range of areas in the water sector but has also merged theoretical learning and practical activities that go hand in hand.

UMCSAWM is the best avenue for a young engineer like me to grow professionally in the field of Water Resources Engineering and Management and Sri Lanka is an ideal place for conducting this course the very reason that its history dates back to the 6th Century BC on Hydraulic Civilization and ancient irrigation works.

Eng. Gautam Thapa (01st Intake)

SAF Scholar (Bhutan)

Assistant Executive Engineer, Mangdechho Hydroelectric Project Authority, Bhutan


Unique experience with high enthusiasm….

Within the first semester itself, we experienced a unique environment of study at UMCSAWM. All staffs were very supportive and I was exposed to different yet very productive study methods in this programme.

Problem Based Learning (PBL) has given us a unique experience while rendering us an opportunity to explore literature and for fact finding and developing solution approaches for the problems experienced in real world situations.

This programme has succeeded in maintaining high enthusiasm throughout the period of one year course duration. Time management is practiced to the best as a learning outcome.

Despite its one year course duration, the program covered all dimensions of the study, including IWRM, GIS, etc., which are valuable for current work conditions.

Eng. Hemanta Chemjong (01st Intake)

SAF Scholar (Nepal)

District Irrigation Engineer, Helvetas Swiis Inter Cooperation, Nepal


Transformed us into skillful professionals ….

UMCSAWM is well recognized for the awareness enhancement of Water Management principles. The program is very challenging to complete within one year of the period.

The centre follows a systematic approach for further enhancement of the program which definitely targets success. The planning and delivery of the course within one year period is one of the main objectives and the topics covered in each module is also strongly related to one another and focus on sustainable approaches.

The knowledgebase shared and lecture notes distributed under each subject are extremely useful and helped transform young engineering graduates like us entering the arena of water resources management into skillful professionals.

Eng. Munaver Jaman (01st Intake)

SAF Scholar (India)

Research Assistant, UAE University, Al Ain – UAE

Second intake

Gained diverse knowledge and experience….

I gained diverse knowledge and experience in dealing with water resources related issues while benefiting from a true Master’s degree qualification with professional capacity enhancement.

Having studied together with the regional members, I experienced the value and ways to cooperate with different regional members and established relationships will enhance the collaborations further on a regional scale.

Participation in the UMCSAWM program was a great experience and it made a lifelong impact on my professional career.

Eng. D. M. S. S. Dissanayake (02nd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Sri Lanka)

Area Engineer, National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB),

Maharagama, Sri Lanka


Helpful in promoting regional cooperation in South Asia ….

Indeed, it was wonderful to experience being here at UMCSAWM. The knowledge and exposure I have acquired will be greatly cherished and it will definitely benefit my country Bhutan in the future.

This program is very helpful in promoting regional cooperation in South Asia and I hope this will continue in the future which will definitely be beneficial to many potential candidates in contributing to their respective countries.

Eng. Dorji Khandu (02nd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Bhutan)

Consultant, Dragon Engineering, Thimphu, Bhutan


Helped improve knowledge, technological and management skills ….

This UMCSAWM Master’s program helped improve our knowledge, technological and management skills while we had excellent guidance to complete this program.

The course indeed provided us with more than we expected. We learned research and exploring methodologies, developed our communication and presentation skills, and knowledge of GIS applications gained field experiences and followed an approach based on real-life water related, technical and engineering problem solving introduced through Problem Based Learning for each and every module. The PBL is the most important and unique part of this course.

Eng. Mrs. T. K. N. K. Kumari (02nd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Sri Lanka)

Senior Engineer, National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB),

Ratmalana, Sri Lanka


Gained up to date knowledge while learning at UMCSAWM ….

Afghanistan is a mountainous country with a lot of water resources but, unfortunately, lack of hydraulic knowhow, proper structures and technical expertise have caused us to face numerous problems in water sectors. Hence, as an Afghan engineer, I intend to apply the up to date knowledge I have gained while learning at UMCSAWM for the future development of my country.

I never thought I would be meeting such committed and hardworking teachers in my entire life. They honestly taught me, encouraged me, inspired me, and energized me to complete this course successfully. As a result, I studied hard therefore I have gained the maximum possible through the course.

Eng. Mohammad Bilal Sharifi (02nd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Afghanistan)

Hydrological Advisor, JAICA Project at Ministry of Water and Energy, Kabul, Afghanistan


Acquired knowledge of water resources engineering and management ….

I acquired new knowledge on water resources engineering and management where the contents of the program are related to my work experience. Due to the expertise gained during the period of study at UMCSAWM, I will be in a better position to deliver my services.

I would value the knowledge and experience that I have received from this program as an asset for me and my country, especially because there is an acute shortage of personnel having proper knowledge in water resources engineering and management.

Eng. Jigme Tshewang (02nd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Bhutan)

Municipal Engineer, Municipal Authority, Thimphu, Bhutan

Third intake

Achieving learning outcomes by promoting sustainable approaches.

The UMCSAWM Master’s program is outstanding and I acquired knowledge both from the subjects I have followed and PBLs based on real-life water related problems and industrial applications.

The method of teaching/learning is very well designed in the UMCSAWM environment and the delivery method is focused on achieving learning outcomes, and promoting sustainable approaches for water resources engineering and management.

Eng. K.  D. C.  R. Dissanayaka (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Sri Lanka)


To build a knowledgeable global community ….

With the world’s population continuing to grow and becoming more urbanized, and the impacts of climate change becoming ever more apparent leading to extreme variability in rainfall, higher evaporation and greater risks from flooding and sea-level rise, the pressure on our water resources has never been greater before. From this viewpoint, this course has immensely benefitted me, providing me the knowledge base needed to solve similar major world issues such as climate change and urbanization. Further, we have learned integrated water resources management approaches and alternatives in developing countries of the world to build resilience and risk into water management.

The primary aim of this course is to build a knowledgeable global community to promote international and regional cooperation with a focus on integrated water resource engineering and management. Further, examples of cooperation over trans boundary waters, the causes of water conflicts, best practices, and innovative management techniques were also learned.

The overall experience at UNESCO Madenjeet Singh Centre in Sri Lanka was excellent and I learned about their efficient use of water and ways of better managing water resource systems through the application of research to solve real problems.

This is for sure one of the best places for water resource management not even in South Asia but also in the World. Due to the thorough training given, the students who graduated from this center have the capability to solve real problems in the fields.

Eng. Muhammad Kamran (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Pakistan)

Civil Design Engineer, Consult & Construct (PVT) LTD,



It interesting learning experience with an opportunity for regional cooperation ….

As a SAF scholar, I was able to follow this Water Resources Engineering and Management course which was an interesting subject area for me. The program covered many areas related to water management and related software and can be evaluated as an excellent Master’s program. SAF scholarship provided me with financial support to follow my studies well and I am very much thankful for that. The technical knowledge we gained from this course will be able to use for the betterment of society.

Learning with SAF scholars in the region, was an interesting experience and a good opportunity for regional cooperation. This year we had SAF scholars from Bhutan, Pakistan and Nepal and we were able to share our knowledge and experience with them. Without being framed to water and water management, we have shared our knowledge and experiences about culture, languages, countries, and religions and made lifelong friendships.

Therefore, the study at UMCSAWM is a good opportunity to promote the regional corporation.

The new experience I got is studying with different people from different countries, different ages and different backgrounds. This diversity added colour to studies since we were able to share knowledge and experience from mature students, understand the potential of young students and share the knowledge and experiences of different countries. This is a rare and very valuable opportunity we got.

Eng. Ms. S. T.  Siriwardana (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Sri Lanka)

Civil Engineer, Irrigation Department,

Sri Lanka


Hands-on experience with water resources related technology ….

I had good hands-on experience with water resources management related technology during my stay in the UMCSAWM centre. The program has transformed me from a raw engineer to a competent engineer/manager.   From capacity building to personality development, this program had benefited me in several ways which would be very useful for my carrier.

Centre had brought engineers and young professionals from all over South Asia to work, learn and practice together. The problem of water from high Himalayan glaciers to the coastal estuary had been discussed among colleagues. The centre had promoted the scholars to work for mutual benefits. A good nexus of water engineers (Irrigation, Water supply and Hydropower) of South Asia has been formed which has empathy and enthusiasm to work across the region.

I would greatly appreciate the UMCSAWM management for making our stay there as a scholar very smooth. I cherished moments while living in Sri Lanka both academically and non-academically. Furthermore, Sri Lankan hospitality is a key thing to be appreciated.

Eng. Pratik Singh Thakuri (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Nepal)

Intern Volunteer, Rotary International,



Promoting regional cooperation through water management ….

This course helped me a lot in getting technical knowledge regarding the management of water which is one of the most important issues in the world now a day. Another important aspect of this program was to experience the culture of different SAARC countries which is essential for regional cooperation.

Studying with scholars from different SAARC countries helped a lot in understanding their culture and promoting regional cooperation through water management courses. Apart from this, some subjects were designed specifically to acquire knowledge regarding water resources available in different SAARC countries.

This program was an excellent step in my professional life. This program is unique and one of its own kind. Major emphasis is on practical knowledge by doing Problem Based Learning project for each module. Getting a master’s degree in one year under the supervision of renowned faculty and the chance to meet people from different countries was surely an amazing experience.

Eng. Ahmad Mohy Ud Din (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Pakistan)


Importance of sustainable water resources management ….

The Master’s program at UMCSAWM covered the topics related to the importance of sustainable water resources management, adaptation to climate change, use of hydrologic models and Arc GIS tools, etc., for effective and efficient water management.

The knowledge gathered by attending lectures and experiences shared by taking part in field visits and attempting Problem Based Learning (PBL) projects at the Centre has shaped my professional career.

Eng. Ugyen Wangchuk (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Bhutan)

Engineering Technician, Tala Hydroelectric Project Authority,



Importance of sustainable water resources management ….

This Master’s program at UMCSAWM has helped myself to develop as a professional engineer. I have learned a lot in a year. We have been guided and supported enormously till the end of the course which has led us to successfully complete the course.

The knowledge that I have gained from this course would really benefit me and my country. We have a limited number of Water Resources Engineers in our Country, and practically applying my knowledge would be of great aid to my country and the world as a whole. It is a good opportunity for young practitioners such as myself to study Water resources and their management.

The program brings forth different individuals from different countries in South Asia. Keeping our differences aside, we have managed to overcome a lot of difficulties together though barriers due to language and culture were initially a problem. By the end of the program, we were a team, helping each other through our struggles and pushing each other to succeed.

Overall, the course is really a good opportunity for young adults such as myself to develop and gain knowledge in the field of water resources engineering..

Eng. Ms. Kinley Wangmo (03rd Intake)

SAF Scholar (Bhutan)

Civil Engineering, Rinson Construction Company (PVT) LTD,