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QS World University Rankings for 2018 has already been released and this time Sri Lanka has more to count on comparative to previous years. For the first time in history, University of Moratwa has made it to the rankings along with two other Sri Lankan universities. Adding to that, in 2017, University of Moratuwa displayed 300% increase in indexed publications, new patents and launching a cluster of startups. But the incredible journey in furthering vistas for Sri Lanka’s excelling youth populace doesn’t stop there.

The Enterprise, Sri Lanka's first government university based startup co-working space was declared open by Prof. Ananda Jayawardane, Vice Chancellor of University of Moratuwa on 27th November 2017 at the university premises. Enabling the university to house nearly 20 startups at present, many more facilities are still to be added with already proposed private sector partnerships.

The Enterprise will be the University of Moratuwa’s Center for innovation, entrepreneurship and technology licensing. While providing an open office environment for university startups, it will aim on fostering collaboration while triggering further innovation within the university itself.

The Co-Working space is capable of housing 15 student startups at the start and 3 industry startups (startups by graduates). Each and every selected student startup will be privileged to obtain 2 to 3 seats in the incubator plus Wi-Fi, free of charge along with access to the in-house meeting room and the pantry. Also, the three industry startups will be allowed from 5 to 6 seats offered at a discounted rate.

The selection criteria to co-working space are specifically drafted and a higher probability to be eligible for this space resides with successful 'Mora Ventures' startups. 

Currently, University of Moratuwa has brought up nearly 70 startups at various stages in startup life cycle. Mora Ventures is the ongoing startup incubator at University of Moratuwa started in February 2017. Mora Ventures is expected to repeat quarterly every year until Sri Lanka’s first ever unicorn (over USD 1 billion worth startup) is founded by the year 2027. Visit the website for more information: https://mora-ventures.com/

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings annually announces global overall top universities and subject rankings for 46 university subjects in five faculty areas across five world regions. It being the only international ranking to receive approval from International Ranking Expert Group, viewed as one of most widely read of its kind. Read more on this at: https://www.topuniversities.com/qs-world-university-rankings/methodology

The official declaration of the opening

Dr .A.G.T. Sugathapala, Director Enterprise appreciating a mentor of Mora Ventures 2.0

The pioneers of 'The Enterprise'
Inside 'The Enterprise'
Prof. Ananda Jayawardane, Vice Chancellor of University of Moratuwa (as on time of the opening) addressing the gathering.
Prof. K.K.C.K. Perera, Dean of Faculty of Engineering (as on time of the opening) addressing the gathering.
Eng. Mr. Heminda Jayaweera, IFS Endowed Senior Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Moratuwa addressing the gathering.

-Event covered by Indeewari Chandrasekara for Mora Mag-

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