The department has been able to expand its horizons by starting collaborative work with several foreign universities. By participating in such different collaborative work, the students and the academic staff members were able get a good exposure to the international research and academic environment while communicating the outcome of our own work. 












University of Yamanashi, through its Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences (or, International Center for River Basin Environment-ICRE) Japan, and, University of Ruhuna, through its Faculty of Engineering, Sri Lanka, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2015, in order to promote friendship and international academic exchanges.

The purpose of this Memorandum is to facilitate and promote cooperation between the University of Ruhuna and the University of Yamanashi by investigating opportunities to exchange students, faculty and staff members and to exchange academic information and develop joint research and educational programs.



Exchange Programme with Malmo University, Sweden

In 2005 the department initiated an exchange program with Malmo University, Sweden. This is an Exchange Programme for students. Under the program several academics of university of Ruhuna visited the Malmo University and conducted collaborative research.


European and Asian Infrastructure Advantage Project

The department joined with several European and Asian higher education institutions in the European and Asian Infrastructure Advantage Project. European and Asian Infrastructure Advantage (EURASIA) is a project launched with the aim of enhancing the capacity of partner institutions for training, teaching and research activities required for the creation and long-term management of public and commercial facilities and infrastructure. The leading institute of the project is University of Salford in United Kingdom and other partner institutions are Tallinn University of technology in Estonia, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in Lithuania and University of Moratuwa.


Exchange work with Saitama University

This is a very active exchange program with the Saitama University, Japan.

Underthis the ICGP program, a partnership among Saitama University, University of Moratuwa and Peradeniya University was initiated as the first program of this nature. In December 2009 several academics from the Engineering Faculty, visited Saitama university to take part in exchange activities and a joint research symposium. Further, several academics from Saitama university visited to take part in exchange activities and a joint research symposium. This research symposium was held in the Engineering faculty, with the participation of academic and university student’s Saitama University.

The department is also involved with a SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) project in which Saitama University is the primary institute on Japanese side. SATREPS is a Japanese government program that promotes international joint research targeting global issues. It is funded by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Four institutes, namely University of Peradeniya (UoP), University of Ruhuna (UoR), Institute of Fundamental Studies (IFS) and National Solid Waste Management Support Centre (NSWMSC) are involved in this project on Sri Lankan side. The counter partners are Saitama University (SU), Centre for Environmental Science in Saitama (CESS), National Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Waseda University (WU). This project is expected to lead to outcomes on site-specific pollution control and remediation techniques for waste landfill sites in Sri Lanka



Exchange program with Czech University of Life Science

University of Ruhuna has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague to establish mutual contribution to the academic education and development. The two parties ensure the cooperation through such activities of programs as exchange of students and staff, joint research activities, participation in seminars and academic meetings and development of university infrastructure.


Exchange program with University of Melbourne

Discussions have been initiated to conduct exchange work with University of Melbourne. In December 2010 delegates from University of Melbourne have visited the department for the initial discussion. One staff member from the department has made a visit to Melbourne in July 2011 and extended the discussion. Potential research areas with common interests are to be identified for the future collaboration.

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