The University of Western Australia is in partnership with three Sri Lankan universities namely the University of Moratuwa, the University of Jaffna and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, the organization ‘Waste for Life’ and with five other local community recycling groups, to help incubate small-scale community based waste recycling businesses in Sri Lanka. This project is known as the ‘Australian-Sri Lankan University partnerships project to develop community based waste recycling businesses’ and is run by the University of Western Australia under a grant awarded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The aim of this project is to develop a unique capacity building educational program that supports development of novel community based waste recycling and product manufacturing businesses, positively contributing to local economies and environmental health, specifically clean air, water and sanitation. A creative learning facility with machineries including a hot compression press, a cold press and an industrial shredder have been already placed in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering of the University of Moratuwa for this purpose.
The Project Manager Prof. Caroline Baillie of the University of Western Australia conducted a workshop on 22nd and 23rd of October 2015 at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering for the core team members of the three local universities in Sri Lanka. The workshop focused on the development of a waste recycling technology and business curriculum for undergraduate or postgraduate or any other feasible course level. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Department of Management of Technology of the University of Moratuwa are expected to collaboratively engage in the future work of this Australian-Sri Lankan University partnerships project to develop community based waste recycling businesses.
Sustainable Business Team of MAS Active Trading (Pvt) Ltd visited the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering on 14th October, 2015 and conducted an awareness session themed “Fostering Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Culture at Workplace”. This was organized in line with the National Occupational Safety and Health Week which fell within 12th October to 16th October. The aim of this session was to increase the awareness on occupational health and safety among the Chemical and Process Engineering undergraduates.
Prof. Padma Amarasinghe of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering visited the University of Arizona (UOA) and the Arizona State University (ASU), USA in October 2015. She delivered a seminar on ‘Waste Biomass - Potential Adsorbent for Wastewater Treatment’ at the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy of ASU. Staff and research students working in the Environmental Engineering group attended this seminar. Prof. Padma also had discussions with several senior staff members of the Department of Chemical Engineering in both universities on research projects, possibilities of admitting Chemical and Process Engineering graduates from the University of Moratuwa for postgraduate studies and novel teaching and assessment methods for undergraduate studies.
Professional Development Program for CPE Undergraduates
The professional development program ‘Nestle Education Responsibility Initiative (NERI)’ was successfully conducted for Semester 7 Chemical and Process Engineering (CPE) undergraduates on 10th June 2015 by a visitor from Nestle Lanka PLC. Through this program, CPE undergraduates were given an awareness of how to identify their weaknesses and talents. The program also offered them with valuable insight into the corporate world and the demands of a local multinational company moulding them to become attractive and employable talent.
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering Sports Fiesta 2015
Annual Sports Fiesta of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (DCPE) was held on 12th June at the University grounds. The event was organized by semester 3 (‘13 batch) students with the aim of enhancing and recognizing sports talents of DCPE undergraduates. Many undergraduates participated in cricket, football, netball and volleyball matches. Academic staff members also encouraged the participants with their presence adding more colour to the event. At the end of the day, after winning the first place in football, semester 7 (‘11 batch) students emerged the overall champions of the DCPE annual Sports Fiesta 2015. First place for both netball and volleyball were won by ‘12 batch (semester 5) students and ‘13 batch (semester 3) students won the first place in cricket.