It is with much delight that I write this message to alumini web page of the SEE World MSc programme. The MSc programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering, populary known as SEE World MSc programme, is one of its kind as far as the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) is concerend. This is the only programme that is currently available in the University, where the OUSL is partnering with a foreign University, in this case – The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden – in offering the host institute’s progarmme for the local students. As the Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Sri Lanka, I take pride in being part of this endeavour and congratulate the Department of Mechnical Engineering of the OUSL for launching this programme and successfully running it for the last several years.
According to the KTH, the purpose of the SEE World Programme is to provide state-of-the-art education in the fields of solar energy, power generation, and energy utilization in the built environment by means of economically and environmentally sustainable systems and technologies.
According to Renewables Global Status Report for 2016, last year saw the largest global capacity additions in renewable energy seen to date. Renewables are now established around the world as main-stream sources of energy with improvement in cost-competiveness of renewable technologies. According to the report, an estimated 147 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power capacity was added in 2015, the largest annual increase ever. The report further states that global investment also climbed to a new record level, in spite of the plunge in fossil fuel prices with the private investors stepping up their commitments to renewable energy significantly. Employment in the renewable energy sector (not including large-scale hydropower) increased in 2015 to an estimated 8.1 million direct and indirect jobs.
In Sri Lanka, according to the Ceylon Electricity Board statistics renewable energy has a share of over 11% in installed capacity as well as generation. Moving forward, the CEB plans to increase the renewable energy capacity to 972 MW by 2020, which would contribute to 20% to the total power generation in the country.
It is my belief that with the students already graduated and those currently in the pipeline, of the SEE World MSC programme of KTH, facilitated by the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the OUSL, will go a long way in fulfilling the objective of our country’s need to have qualified professionals in this important sector.
At this point of time, I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to the Royal Institute of Technology for offering this programme to the professionals of our country free of cost and thus contributing to the development of human resources required for the sustainability of the energy sector in Sri Lanka.
I also wish all the very best to every individual student of the SEE World MSc programme and encourage them to earnestly contribute their knowledge to convert Sri Lanka as a green energy hub.
Prof. S. A. Ariadurai
The Open University of Sri Lanka