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The University of Moratuwa , located on the bank of the Bolgoda Lake in Katubedda, Moratuwa, is the most sought-after technological university in Sri Lanka. Apart from academics including undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the University of Moratuwa presents social and cultural activities, student services, societies, and sports and recreational activities. The institution was known as Ceylon College of Technology, Katubedda before gaining university status. Its roots go back to the Institute of Practical Technology founded in 1960 to provide technical education.Students from the University of Moratuwa have won competitions for Google Summer of Code in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, Imagine Cup Sri Lanka, and IEEEXtreme Competition. Further in Google Summer of Code, University of Moratuwa was ranked as the top university worldwide in the number of awards received by students for the five-year period from its inception in 2005.University of Moratuwa won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Sri Lankan Software Design Finals in 5 out of 8 occasions including 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012. Wikipedia.

Wickramasinghe V.,University of Moratuwa
Stress and Health | Year: 2010

The aim of this paper is to examine the moderating effect of coping strategies on the relationship between work-related dimensions (i.e. work routinization, role clarity, relationships with others and promotional opportunity) and job stress. For the study, a convenience sample of 385 white-collar employees, full-time employed in various types of private sector organizations, belong to different industries and ranked at different levels within the organizations responded. The factor analysis led to identify four broad coping strategies that individuals use, namely, individual positive coping, workplace initiatives, workplace informal support and individual destructive coping. It was found that both individual positive coping and workplace initiatives moderate the relationship between 'relationships with others' and job stress. However, none of the coping strategies have moderated the relationship between job stress and the other three work-related dimensions. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Source

Wickramasinghe V.,University of Moratuwa
International Journal of Workplace Health Management | Year: 2012

Purpose - The purpose of this study is to examine the moderating effect of supervisor support on the relationship between work schedule flexibility and job stress. Design/methodology/approach - For the study a survey methodology was used and 232 software developers attached to offshore outsourced software development firms responded. Findings - It was found that supervisor support moderates the relationship between work schedule flexibility and job stress. Originality/value - The findings of this study will provide useful information for both practitioners and academics to better understand the nature of strategies to be adopted in mitigating job stress. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

Perera I.,University of Moratuwa
International Journal of Computers, Communications and Control | Year: 2011

The software Requirement Engineering (RE) is one of the most important and fundamental activities in the software life cycle. With the introduction of different software process paradigms, the Requirement Engineering appeared in different facets, yet remaining its significance without a doubt. The software development outsourcing is considered as a win-win situation for both developed and developing countries. High numbers of low paid, yet talented workforce in developing countries could be employed for software outsourcing projects with the demanding power of the outsourcer to decide the projects, their scope and priorities with the intention of profit maximization. This study was conducted to analyze the impact of poor Requirement Engineering in outsourced software projects from the developers' context (sample size n = 57). It was identified that the present outsourcing scenario has created to have frequent requirement changes, shrunk design and stretched development phases, and frequent deliverables, which have to be accommodated by the software developer with extra effort and commitment beyond the project norms. The results reveal important issues and open policy level discussions while questioning our insights on the outsourcing benefits as a whole. © 2006-2011 by CCC Publications. Source

Chandratilake S.R.,University of Moratuwa | Dias W.P.S.,University of Moratuwa
Energy | Year: 2013

The issue of subjectivity in assigning weights for the domains and aspects in sustainability rating systems has not received much attention, and is hence explored in this study. A survey carried out among building construction sector professionals in a particular national context sought relative weights for various domains and aspects. Both direct ranking and analytic hierarchy process (AHP) methods were used. Reasonable agreement, with some differences, was found among architects, engineers and quantity surveyors on the relative weights for the six domains of Site, Energy efficiency, Water efficiency, Materials, Indoor environmental quality and Waste & Pollution; and also for the aspects. The overall domain weights were compared with those assigned in eight other rating systems, originating from eight different countries. While the Sri Lankan survey assigned the highest weight for the Site domain (with Energy efficiency a close second), in most other systems the Energy efficiency domain was top ranked. Relevant national indicators were chosen for 3 of the 6 domains, and the values of these indicators for the 9 countries were compared with the varying weights for the corresponding domains in the rating systems originating from those countries. Good correlation was found between the indicators and the weights. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Mallawarachchi H.,University of Moratuwa | Karunasena G.,University of Moratuwa
Resources, Conservation and Recycling | Year: 2012

Waste is one of the most pressing problems faced by the whole world. Electronic waste is the latest in the Sri Lankan waste stream. Literature revealed many electronic waste management concepts, strategies and models implemented worldwide to counter the electronic waste menace, inclusive of electronic waste management policy developed in Sri Lanka to manage electronic waste generation. The purpose of this paper is to explore probable suggestions to improve existing electronic waste management practices, with special emphasis on enhancement of national policy of electronic waste management in Sri Lanka. The research problem was approached by case study method since it facilitates an in-depth investigation. Multiple case study design was applied by employing three case studies. Cases were selected considering major types of electronic waste which exhibit high penetration rates within country: namely (1) household appliances, (2) IT and telecommunication equipments and (3) lighting equipments. Cross-case analysis and code-based content analysis techniques were applied in data analysis phase of the research. Four expert interviews were conducted to further verify proposed improvements to existing electronic waste management practices. Case study findings revealed issues in electronic waste minimization and handling processes that need special attention. Empirical findings further revealed less government commitment and ineffective government procedures as critical issues in electronic waste management. Procedures of imports and exports, waste minimization, waste collection, storage, treatment and disposal, legal framework, capacity building and awareness, implementation and coordination mechanisms, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and resource mobilization can be identified as major areas for national policy enhancement. Consequently, the national policy of electronic waste management can be implemented as a national strategy to manage electronic waste generation in Sri Lanka. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

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