Sri Lanka Technological Campus launches country’s first extensive Research Complex

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Sri Lanka’s undisputed pioneer in engineering and technological education, Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC), opened its fully-fledged research lab complex at the Padukka Campus premises recently. The event was attended by Chief Guest Minister of Education Professor G.L. Peiris and Guest of Honour Minister of Trade Dr. Bandula Gunawardena. 

The event coincided with the unveiling of the university crest and the 2025 infrastructure development blueprint of SLTC incorporating all enhancements in progress as well as projected to materialise in the foreseeable future. 

Ten students were felicitated for outstanding performance in research and innovations, best final year projects and international competition wins while 12 staff awards including Outstanding Research Award, Emerging Young Researcher and STLC President’s Research Award were distributed among members of faculty.   

The first and only of its kind in Sri Lanka, the dedicated research facility aligns with SLTC’s vision and focus to emerge the number one research university in the region; it serves to facilitate & foster research as a natural part of university education. 

Spread across an extent of 45,000 sqft, SLTC serves to facilitate extensive collaboration about different research groups to produce and disseminate new knowledge across various disciplines. The complex is designed to be one with nature and ample inspiring, interactive spaces to promote free-thinking, cooperation and entrepreneurship among undergraduates. 

The complex features dedicated laboratories and co-working spaces for fields of: Telecommunication, Electrical and Electronics, Power System, Environmental Engineering and Technology, Chemical Science, Food Processing and Engineering, Instrumental, Microbiology and Biotechnology, IOT, Civil Engineering and Hydraulics. 

In a short span of time, SLTC has made significant strides in research including publishing the Highest Impact Factor paper in Engineering and Physics 2019, received Presidential award for the highest impact factor publication in Engineering, Architecture, Computer Science and IT in 2019  and being ranked 19th in  Sri Lanka in the Webometrics ranking among other accomplishments. Furthermore, five final year students of SLTC won the International Research Paper Competition at World Innovation Expo in Indonesia last year. 

SLTC boasts an erudite panel of lecturers including 40 PhD holders, two IEEE senior members and an IET fellow. It also holds the distinct honor of being the first non-state university to embark on a Post-doctoral program. The university’s research teams are currently engaged in research in areas of: Telecommunication, Embedded Systems and Robotics, Bio Systems, Cognitive Computing, Power Systems Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Sustainable Building. 

SLTC has hosted four international workshops in collaboration with international partner universities over the past years to promote research and knowledge sharing. The campus offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes to choose from catering to diverse interests of Engineering, Technology, Business, Computing and IT, Music, Textile Technology and Fashion Merchandising, Tourism and Hospitality.