Last Updated on January 1st, 2019


Professor Dayantha S Wijeyesekera was born in September 1942. He was educated in Sri Lanka at S.Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, Ceylon Technical College, Maradana and Institute of Practical Technology, Katubedda and then in the United Kingdom where he graduated in Civil Engineering from Enfield College London in 1965 and was awarded the Postgraduate Degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh in 1969 and in 1995, he was awarded the Honorary Doctorate (DUniv) of the British Open University for his contribution to distance and open learning and the Honorary Doctorate of Letters (D.Litt.) of the Open University of Sri Lanka for the contribution and development of education and University Management and the Honorary Doctorate of Science, of the University of Moratuwa of Sri Lanka for the contributions to Higher Education, University development and National Development in June 2009.

Professor Wijeyesekera was a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Edinburgh (1967-1970), Senior Research Engineer at the State Engineering Corporation of Ceylon (1970), a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Sri Lanka at the Katubedda Campus (1971–1974).the Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Moratuwa (1974-2007), the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in the same University (1980–1983), the Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Sri Lanka (1985–1994) (three terms), a Member of the Academic Advisory Panel of the International Technological University–Paris, France (1988), the Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Transport (Sri Lanka Section) in 1989/91, the Chairman of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (2010–2014), a Member of the National Education Commission (1990–1994, 2005 - 2017), a Member of the Academic Council of the National Institute of Education (1992-1994), the Secretary General of the Asian Association of Open Universities (1990-1993) and its President Elect in 1993/94, the President of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (1991/92), a Member of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth of Learning (1991-1993),a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Asian Institute of Technology (1992–1995), the Chairman of the Institute for Construction Training and Development (ICTAD) (1995–1998), the Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa (1999-2005) (two terms), Member of Board of Governors, Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies (1999–2005), the Chairman, Uni-Consultancy Services (2002-2007), the Secretary of the Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational and Technical Education (2004-2005), the Local Team Leader and Consultant in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project on Distance Education Modernisation (2005-2007) and Technical Education Development (2007 - 2009), Honorary. Governor, Gateway Graduate School (2008 - 2010)

Professor Wijeyesekera is currently:

(i) Chancellor, University of Vocational Technology.

(ii) Chairman, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission.

(iii) Member National Education Commission.

(iv) Honorary Advisor, Establishment of Local and Overseas Private and Public Sector Tertiary Education systems.

(v) Professional Reviewer, Institution of Civil Engineers U.K.

(vi) Vice Patron, Institute of Incorporated Engineers, Sri Lanka.

He has been the first Sri Lankan to hold the Post of Vice Chancellor at two Universities in Sri Lanka, been for 9 years (three terms) in the Open University of Sri Lanka and with the maximum two terms of Office as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, aggregating an unprecedented total length of period of over 15 years as a Vice Chancellor of State Universities.He has also been the Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Chairman of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission on two occasions respectively, which would be perhaps unprecedented anywhere in the world.

In 1968, Professor Wijeyesekera received the Miller Prize awarded by the Institution of Civil Engineers, London for a paper presented to the Institution. In 1981 he received an award as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Sri Lankans. In 2000, a Special Award of Excellence was conferred upon him for the contribution made by him towards the development of the Sri Lankan Transport industry by the Chartered Institute of Transport in Sri Lanka. He was conferred the Presidential National Honour of Vidya Jyothi by H.E.the President of Sri Lanka in November 2005, The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka at the inauguration of its Centenary Celebrations in January 2006 conferred upon him the “Award of Excellence in Engineering” and the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka conferred the “Silver Jubilee Award” in August 2006.

He has nearly 100 presentations of papers published in recognized journals, presented at national regional and international conferences, together with several Guest Lectures, Keynote Addresses, Memorial Lectures and Presidential addresses delivered by him. Amongst, his recent presentations have been at an International Conference in Australia of the International Association of University Presidents on the topic “Nation Building through University Building” and the Key-note address at the 98 th Annual Sessions of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, on the topic “Linking Technical Education with Engineering Education” which topics have been his aspirations for nearly 50 years, as an University Academic, University Administrator and Technical and Distance Education Specialist.

He has achieved the highest position: – in the academic sphere, as a Senior Professor, Vice Chancellor and a Chancellor

Professionally, as the President in three Professional bodies

in administration, as a Secretary of a Ministry.

Local Team Leader & Deputy Team Leader in Donor Funded projects

Honorary President, Private Sector Training Institute

In his nation building activities he has trained over half a million students under his leadership and tutoring at different levels and in different fields of education. This is in addition to many projects; he has been engaged in Engineering and Education for the development of the Country.