FOT receives a Norwegian grant for the development of research-based education for renewable energy technology in the circular economy

Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills allocates approximately NOK 178 million to 26 projects, including NOK 23 million for 67 full degree master scholarships. It is a pleasure to inform that one of the project proposals from Department of Civil and Environmental Technology, Faculty of Technology, has been accepted for NORPART-2021.


Project Title : Instituting of research-based education systems for the development of renewable energy technology in circular economy ; A joint project among the Universities in Norway, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The main goal of the project is to strengthen the research-based education system in higher education emphasizing circular economy and renewable energy technology through the Global –North and Global South-South-South Partnership. The partners in project are University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), Kathmandu University (KU), Nepal, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ), Sri Lanka and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Bangladesh.

The expected results from project are 3 research-based elective courses, 1 MSc program, student mobility of 28 master and 6 PhD students from south-north and 8 master and 2 PhD students from north-south (50% females), 20 guest lecturing, 20 staff motilities, 30 joint publications, 24 joint master’s thesis supervision, 2 online training courses. 500 students will be benefitted during the project period.

Direct Benefits for Faculty of Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

  • Initiate assistance to new MSc programme development in Environmental Technology at USJ.
  • Organization of summer workshop at USJ.
  • Full Master’s degree Scholarship – 2024 August (1 Student)
  • D student Mobility for 3 months – 2024 September (1 Student)
  • Master Student Mobility for 6 months – 2023 January (2 Student)
  • Master Student Mobility for 6 months – 2024 January (2 Student)
  • Master Student Mobility for 6 months – 2025 January (2 Student)
  • Master Student Mobility for 6 months – 2026 January (2 Student)
  • Staff Exchange
  • Distance Supervision
  • 30 Joint Publications

Role of the USJ:

USJ will provide support for student mobility from south to south and north to south during the period of the project. They will encourage students to participate in summer schools and conferences to improve the quality of education. Staff at USJ will do their best to initiate the master’s degree at the USJ with the project.

Faculty of Technology, USJ will establish an MSc in Environmental Technology within this project. In this context, this project will help to develop the syllabus, curriculum and course materials which are one of the main pillars of the proposed master programme. Currently, there is no master program targeting graduates from the Technology Faculty of USJ to continue their higher education since the faculty was newly established five years ago. The new program will attract new graduates from the faculty to ensure self-sustain course operation.

Moreover, FOT, USJ will give full support to supervise the master’s degree research projects at the partner universities. The local coordination team will be established where the dean, head of department, finance and administrative team members will be onboard. The team will be headed by Dr. Udara Arachchige to take the responsibility for administration and project management.

Team leader from Sri Lanka, Dr. Udara, will be responsible for course development, administrative, exchange of student and communication. Dr. Nihmiya will be responsible for online supervision, Dr. Pabasari will be responsible for coordination with local stakeholders and Dr. Randika will be responsible for supervision of master’s thesis.

The project will be initiated on January 2022 with partner universities to achieve the targets within five years period.


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