University of Moratuwa is the most sought after technological university in Sri Lanka and is frequently ranked among the top 10 Universities in the South Asian subcontinents. It oﬀers degree programs to over 8000 undergraduates annually in the faculties of Engineering, Architecture, Information Technology and Business in 18 disciplines
Fifteen years back a group of undergraduates from University of Moratuwa joined their hands to lay the foundation for the Leo Club of University of Moratuwa. In 2003 with the help of Lion Lester Aponso, District Chairman for Leo’s of Leo District 306A (2002/2003) and Leo Shyana Wijayaratne, District President of Leo District 306A (2002/2003) and also with the permission of university authority, Leo Club of University of Moratuwa was established in 27th June 2003, as the SECOND university based Leo Club in Sri Lanka and as the FIRST Leo club in Leo District 306A. Lions Club of Dehiwala North, a leading Lions Club in District 306A, provided the sponsorship for the club. On behalf of the university authority, Dr. Saman Thilakasiri took the challenge of the Patron and Mr. Kithsiri Samarasinghe took the responsibility of Senior Treasurer.
The installation ceremony organized by the parents Lions Club took place on the 27th of July 2003 at Lions Activity Center, Moratuwa. 38 Engineering undergraduates were installed as Charter Members of Leo Club of University of Moratuwa on that day. Under the presidency of Leo Nadun Gunawadena and the guidance of uncle Ravi (Lion Ravi Rajapathirana – Leo Advisor) and the help of DP Leo Shehan the club completed its first Leostic year, being the runner-up for the Most outstanding new club of the district in 25th Annual Leo Conference. Also, the project “Api Akurata Meli Nowemu” and “Leo Paduru Sajjaya” took the attention of whole Leo District.
The club has never looked back since that day and has continued its expansion and kept multiplying the services to the University and to the community. In Leostic year 2004/2005 the club was led by Leo Mahesh Prasanna Abeywickrama. Unfortunately, he left us at an unexpected moment. Upon his decease Leo Chatura Gunawardane took the lead of the club and he was able to bring it to a greater height. By this time the district was divided in to 2 as A1&A2. With that the club was shifted to district 306A2. The club was re-born with the great leadership of Leo Tharanga Gunasekara (2005/2006). In the inaugural District Conference of district 306A2 we were awarded with 13 project awards, 6 individual awards and five district and club awards. Further, we were crowned as the Most Outstanding Club in the Leo district 306A2.
Since then, the Leo club of UoM retained possession of the Most Outstanding Club in the district, and it was proved with the 18 awards achieved at the 2nd District Conference under the leadership of Leo Buddhi Hettiarachchi in Leostic year 2006/2007. In Leoistic year 2007/2008 under the presidency of Leo Namal Karunarathne the club was again awarded as the Most outstanding Leo club in the Leo district 306A2 at the 3rd Annual District Conference. We achieved 12 project awards, 7 individual awards and 2 district and club awards.
Leo Buddhi Isurujith is the president of the Leo Club of University of Moratuwa for the Leoistic year 2017/18. The current membership of the club is about 89 members.
From the beginning, Leo Club of University of Moratuwa has been actively involving in community service projects while enhancing leadership skills of University students. In the District Conference of 306A2, Leo Club of University of Moratuwa was the first runner up for the Most Outstanding Leo club of the District for the year 2016/2017. Leo Club of University of Moratuwa also won the Most Outstanding University Leo Club in Sri Lanka in the Leo Multiple District Conference and rewarded as the winners in Youth Leadership and Empowerment project, project on spotlight on Children, Multi Service project and project on Public Relationship, Communication and Marketing. Most importantly Leo Club of University of Moratuwa remains as one of the best and active student societies within the University where, a fortress made of dynamic youngsters are congregated to serve the community.