“An investment in knowledge generates the best interests”
Uva Wellassa University (UWU) has begun its journey to success at every step with the support of academic non-academic and administrative staff to achieve excellence.
UWU is an investment of hard workers from Sri Lanka and now the investment has matured with fruitful results. Cabinet approval was granted to establish the university on October 26, 2004, later with clear supervision, construction began in August 2005 with the foundation laying ceremony.
In the year of establishment of the academic program in 2006, UWU had only three faculties and under these five degree programs, 167 students were accommodated in academic programs.
Currently, four faculties have set their benchmark for outcome-based education, the achievement of their intended learning outcomes is a measure of the standards of quality education at different levels. These are Animal Science and Export Agriculture, Management, Applied Science and Technology Studies. There are fifteen degree programs and 1,311 students are enrolled.
No academic institution is exempt from national responsibilities and commitment to growth. It is about people and the quality of their work that entrusts the commitment and growth of the organization. Academic institutions are the key to any country’s success and development.
A well-educated human capital would improve the quality of life as a nation. In this context, human resource management and human resource development are the frameworks to help employees develop their personal and organizational skills, knowledge and abilities within the framework of the organization.
In 2010, the academic staff consisted of 14 lecturers, 20 lecturers and 54 lecturers/demonstrators. In 2020, the academic staff consisted of eight professors, 73 lecturers, 80 lecturers and 80 temporary lecturers/demonstrators.
In 2012, there were 15 permanent administrative staff and 4 non-academic staff. At the end of 2019, there were 24 permanent administrative staff and 152 non-academic staff providing excellent services to the university.
To date, approximately two thousand students have graduated from UWU. The 10th graduation ceremony awarded nine first class diplomas, 101 upper second class, 142 lower second class and 302 achievement diplomas. Three students obtained a master’s degree in philosophy.
The research culture at Uva Wellassa University is productive and in line with international standards. Development is only a product of research. Research is creative and systematic work undertaken to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society and the use of this stock of knowledge to design new applications.
A clear understanding of what an innovation represents is crucial to assess the innovative capacity of organizations. Innovation can be defined as an organization’s ability to continuously produce new things and is considered to drive significant organizational results.
The research intensity of Uva Wellassa University is far ahead of traditional approaches. This is evident from academic research publications. The University’s research culture, which began with sixty-nine research papers, has now expanded to a very wide range.
Probably the strongest results to measure because, for the most part, they are quantifiable and people care about them.
In the past ninth years of graduation, UWU has generated an active workforce. UWU graduates have been recruited by public and private sector organizations. The majority of them hold positions directly related to their areas of expertise. A significant portion serves in various capacities where the bachelor’s degree is the minimum qualification required. Depending on the discipline, the employment range for graduates is above 85 percent.
The 10th Uva Wellassa University Graduation Ceremony was held on December 9-10, 2021 at the University premises. UWU Chancellor, Most Venerable Tripitakacharya Dharma Keerthi Sri Sumangala Rathanapala Dhammarakkhitha Thera conferred degrees on the 557 graduates. The Faculty of Animal Science and Export Agriculture has 2 first classes and 221 degrees in five-degree programs.
The Faculty of Applied Sciences has 5 first classes and 216 degrees in four-degree programs. The Faculty of Management has 2 first classes and 125 degrees under dual degree programs.
For the first time, three people obtained a master’s degree in philosophy (postgraduates) at the Faculty of Applied Sciences.