The University of Moratuwa has produced yet another world class degree programme. The B.Sc. Honours Degree in Transport & Logistics Management has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) as fulfilling all the academic requirements for the Charter Membership of the Institute.
|CILT Sri Lanka Chairman Prof. Amal Kumarage (left) exchanges the letter of accreditation with University of Moratuwa Vice-Chancellor Prof. Malik Ranasinghe. CILT International Vice President Saliya Senanayake and University of Moratuwa Dean, Faculty of Engineering Prof. UGA Puswewela are also present|
The Institute founded in 1919, and which received its Royal Charter in 1926 has recognised only a handful of degrees as being fully fulfilling all the academic requirements. A programme to mark this occasion was held at the Continental Hotel, Colombo on 9 August with Prof Malik Ranasinghe as the chief guest. The event was also attended by the Chairman of the CILT Sri Lanka, Professor Amal S. Kumarage, Dean Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Anuruddha Puswewela and Saliya Senanayake, International Vice-President of CILT.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is a uniquely established global professional body associated with logistics and transport with over 33,000 members in over 30 countries worldwide, The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in Sri Lanka was established in 1985 by an Act of Parliament.
The B.Sc. degree programme in Transport & Logistics Management at the University of Moratuwa began in 2006 at the request of the industry. It has had an annual intake of 50 students from the Mathematics stream of the GCE Advanced Level examinations. Entry to this programme is highly competitive and is currently one of the top four courses in the Mathematics Stream for most districts. The study programme is offered under the Faculty of Engineering and through a separate department of Transport & Logistics Management. It is a four year course conducted in the English Medium. As a modern curriculum it contains many learning oriented components including leadership training, mentoring, community development, full time internship with industry, presentation and communication skills development etc.
The subjects range from technical content in aviation, shipping, transport, supply chain, roads and railways areas to the full range of management subjects. It has 150 credits and can be considered as a double degree in Management and Transport. It also has a heavy component of mathematics subjects underlying the analytical orientation of the course. Its first batch of students that graduated in October 2010 are now fully employed in the airlines, ports, shipping companies, supply chain companies, freight forwarding companies, highways agencies, manufacturing companies etc. both locally and abroad.
The study programme has been closely associated with the local industry right from the beginning even in curriculum development. Senior executives function as official mentors of students and all students complete a six month full time internship in the industry. Many industry leaders serve as visiting faculty and guest lecturers. These aspects have made students who graduate ready for the challenges of the world of work.