Prof. H.M.J.C. Pitawala

Message from the Dean

The Faculty of Applied Sciences has embraced the mission of supporting degree programs to advance knowledge, particularly in adding value to the national resource base through excellent teaching, high-quality research, and outstanding outreach activities. Specifically, the faculty has a distinct academic focus that emphasizes the education of professionals, fosters high achievement, and promotes scientific research, innovation, and collaboration. Within the Faculty of Applied Sciences, our devoted faculty and the staff aspire to provide a supportive and creative environment that utilizes a variety of educational experiences for all candidates.

At present, the faculty comprises three departments namely, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science and Informatics and Department of Applied Earth Sciences. Initially, the Faculty of Applied Sciences started two bachelor programs, namely Bachelor of Technology in Science and Technology (BTech.) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Technology (BSc). The faculty has expanded by adding another two degree programs in 2008, namely Bachelor of Science Mineral Resources Technology (BSc.) and Bachelor in Industrial Information Technology (BIIT). Additionally, the faculty also offers postgraduate degrees by research. These degree programs are designed to allow students to acquire knowledge and skills in laboratory techniques, fieldwork, problem solving, skills in teamwork, leadership, and towards effective communication to meet the needs of contemporary society along with an attitude for pursuit of knowledge.

I am proud to say that the success of our programs is due in large part to the dedication of every faculty member. Most importantly, the members of the Faculty of Applied Sciences are competent academics, as they actively participate in enduring research activities, attested by publications in highly ranked academic journals. Reaching our goal of being a leading entrepreneurial oriented knowledge base for education and sharpening talents of the diverse student body is indeed an aspiration that deserves continued attention.

Finally, I would like to note that we maintain an apparently good rapport with the students continuously, thus we mark our success as a family. I invite both prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students to take part in a clearer, targeted trajectory into your areas of interest at the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

I wish you all the very best in your studies and all future endeavors.