University of Moratuwa
The University of Moratuwa which specialises in Engineering and Technology is undisputedly the best University in Sri Lanka today. We pride ourselves in having the best Engineering Faculty in Sri Lanka and being the only University in Sri Lanka to have a Faculty of Architecture and a Faculty of Information Technology. The University of Moratuwa, located at the heart of a beautiful, vibrant and geographically well-connected city, primarily caters to students from Sri Lanka. While there are opportunities for overseas students to pursue undergraduate courses of study, we especially welcome graduate students from overseas for our postgraduate degree courses and research programs. The vision of the University of Moratuwa "is to be a centre of excellence of higher learning and related activities with emphasis on national relevance, international recognition, innovation and creativity in Engineering, Architecture, Information Technology and other allied professional disciplines". Within this vision, our immediate focus is to "Produce world class graduates at the University of Moratuwa in an environment that provides a rewarding experience for its students and staff
University of Peradeniya
The University of Peradeniya is the heir to the oldest university tradition in Sri Lanka as the successor to the University of Ceylon, the first institution of its kind in the country. Its founding on July 1, 1942 as an autonomous corporation was the fulfillment of hopes and expectations of many who had been campaigning for a university in this country.It is located on a site of great natural beauty, just 8km from the city of Kandy - the historic capital of last independent kingdom of Sri Lanka, and 100km from Colombo, the current capital of the country. The university covers about 700 hectares of land located on the flood plain of Mahaweli river as well as on the lower slopes of the Hantana range. The developed area, known as the University Park, is about 150 hectares while the rest of the land remains afforested.The university consists of seven academic faculties. About 1800 undergraduates enter the university annually, to make up an undergraduate student population of 6600, and the total number of postgraduate students registered is over 1200. Out of the total undergraduate student population, about 5100 are provided accommodation on and around campus.The University celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1992.
University of Colombo , Sri Lanka
The history of Higher Education in Sri Lanka is closely linked with that of the University of Colombo which traces its beginnings to the establishment of the Ceylon Medical School over 115 years ago in June 1870. In 1880 the School was raised to the status of College permitting it to award the Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery (LMS) and in 1889 the College was recognised by the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom when holders of its license became eligible to practice in Great Britain. Although Ceylon enjoyed a well developed system of primary and secondary education at the end of the 19th century there were hardly any opportunities available locally for the study of the Arts and Sciences beyond the secondary school level. The Colombo Academy, later known as Royal College, was the most prestigious secondary school at that time. It was first affiliated to the University of Calcutta but later prepared students for the external examinations of the University of London.
University of Kelaniya-Sri Lanka
The University of Kelaniya has its origin in the historic Vidyalankara Pirivena, founded in 1875 as a centre of learning for Buddhist monks. It was one of the two great national centres of traditional higher learning, heralding the first phase of the national movement and national resurgence. With the establishment of modern Universities in Sri Lanka in the 1940s and 1950s, the Vidyalankara Pirivena became the Vidyalankara University in 1959, later the Vidyalankara Campus of the University of Ceylon in 1972 and, ultimately, the University of Kelaniya in 1978. Today, the University of Kelaniya is one of the major national Universities. It is located just outside the municipal limits of Colombo, in the ancient and historic city of Kelaniya, on the north bank of the Kelani River. It has two major campuses, seven locations, six faculties and four institutions
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
The University of Sri Jayewardenepura is one of the major Universities in Sri Lanka. It is located in Gangodawila, Nugegoda, eight miles away from Colombo, in the vicinity of the capital of Sri Lanka, Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte. Sri Lanka has inherited two major traditions of higher education, one going back to the institutions developed by the Buddhist Sangha, both in India and Sri Lanka, and the other derived from the British traditions of the religious and secular Universities. The former tradition has survived to this day in Sri Lanka through the Pirivenas or the Institutes of Buddhist education. Two premier Pirivenas at the turn of the twentieth century were the Vidyodaya Pirivena, at Maligakanda, Colombo, and the Vidyalankara Pirivena in Kelaniya, also not far from Colombo. The British tradition was introduced towards the end of the nineteenth century (1870), first with a Medical School, and later a Law College (1874), both in Colombo. Still later some schools were permitted to prepare students for the external examinations of the Calcutta and London Universities. The setting up of the University College in Colombo in 1921, with affiliation to the London University heralded the next step in the development of higher education to be later followed by the setting up of the University of Ceylon in Colombo in 1942.
Eastern University,Sri Lanka
Eastern University, Sri Lanka to be a National Centre of excellence for higher learning and research with a competitive advantage, responsive to the dynamics of the regional and global conditions. The purposes of the Eastern University, Sri Lanka are to pursue excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, to offer through its internal and external faculties, campuses and other facilities, an unsurpassed range of opportunities for education and training to all those who will be able to benefit, to enhance public welfare, prosperity and culture by encouraging applications of learning and research: and to secure and administer resources to achieve these aims effectively.
University of Ruhuna
The University of Ruhuna was established by a Special Presidential Decree on 1st September 1978, as Ruhuna University College, fulfilling a long cherished desire of the people of Southern Sri Lanka. Initially it constituted with four faculties, namely, Agriculture, Arts, Medicine and Science. The Faculties of Agriculture and Science were located in the premises of Technical College at Meddawatte, Matara, whereas the Faculty of Arts was located in the premises of Teachers' Training College at Eliyakanda, Matara. These three faculties were initially affiliated to Universities of Peradeniya, Kelaniya and Colombo respectively. The Faculty of Medicine was affiliated to the University of Colombo and the first batch of students who enrolled for the M.B.B.S. Degree were sent to the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. This affiliation was continued until the Ruhuna University College was upgraded to a fully-fledged University on 1st February 1984. A Faculty of Engineering was established in Hapugala (Galle) in 1999. The most recent additions to the list of faculties in the University of Ruhuna are Faculty of Managenet & Finance and the Faculty of Fisheries & Marine Sciences & Technology which were set up in 2003 and 2005, respectively. Thus the University presently comprises seven faculties.
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
The Wayamba Campus of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka was established on the recommendation of a Committee consisting of Hon. Wishva Warnapala, Deputy Minister of Education & Higher Education as Chairman. This Committee was appointed by the Hon. Minister of Education and Higher Education Richard Pathiranna on 22nd December,1994 to report on the Affiliated University Colleges. On the recommendation of the above Committee, nine Affiliated University Colleges spread out in various provinces of the country were merged to form two National Universities, the Rajarata and Sabaragamuwa Universities of Sri Lanka on 07th November 1996. The Affiliated University College of the North Western province which consisted of two academic sections namely; Home Science and Nutrition and the Agriculture, originally affiliated to the Universities of Kelaniya and Peradeniya respectively, were merged to from the Wayamba Campus and established in terms of the provision of the Sections 18 and 47 (1) of the University Act. No. 16 of 1978 and Campus Board Ordinance No 3 of 1995.
South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
South Eastern University of Sri Lanka (SEUSL) was established by the Government of Sri Lanka in October 1995 as 10th National University. sThis university is located in Oluvil, coastal area in the Ampara district, 350 kilometers away from Colombo. Oluvil site is a charming and lively place bounded on the East by the sea shore of Bay of Bengal, the river Kaliodai on the North, the vast stretch of paddy fields on the West and array of coconut estates in the center and extensive mixed farms in the surrounding. All these added up to a scene of absorbing interests.
Kotelawala Defence University
The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) was initially established as the "General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy" by the Parliamentary Act No 68 of 1981 and subsequently it was elevated to University status by the amendment Act No 27 of 1988, thereby empowering it to award Bachelors' and Postgraduate degrees in Defence Studies. KDU is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom) and maintains necessary standards for educating and grooming Officer Cadets to meet the challenges of modern defence management. The Officers with exceptional performance can pursue postgraduate studies in reputed universities/institutions in accordance with the requirements of the Service to which they belong. The campus is located at Ratmalana, 12 km from Colombo, Sri Lanka in a land extent of 48 acres, which was once the residential estate of late General Sir John Kotelawala, a former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. This estate is of breathtaking beauty enriched by a spectacular lake, its natural environs, and a range of unique and rare species of flora carefully maintained to preserve the antiquity of the premises in its pristine past
University Articulation & Registration
The Australian College of Business and Technology (ACBT) began in March 1998. It is a member of a network of Institutes of Business and Technology that originated in Perth twelve years ago at Perth Institute of Business and Technology. The network has expanded throughout Australia as well as a number of overseas countries. Each institute is attached to a reputable and international recognized university. ACBT is a member of this group and since its establishment has been closely affiliated with Edith Cowan University. Currently ACBT teaches both the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Science (Information Technology) degree of Edith Cowan University. Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Information Technology (MIT) are also Programs of Edith Cowan University. Many of Sri Lankan students have completed their course of study at ACBT. A significant number of these have continued their pathway of study to overseas universities, especially in Australia. Since its commencement, ACBT has maintained a high level of student success. Results obtained by ACBT students continue to reflect the high quality of our academic programs.
PostGraduate Institute of Agriculture - University of Peradeniya
The Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA) has been in existence since 1975. Over the years, it has developed to be a centre of excellence in postgraduate education in Agriculture in the country as well as in the region. The PGIA in terms of the Ordinance No. 9 of 1979, functions as an organization within the University of Peradeniya, under the direction and control of its Board of Management. The University of Peradeniya is recognized in The Commonwealth YearBook of Universities.
Plans afoot for international university at Nalanda
Plans afoot for international university at Nalanda The long-awaited dream of setting up an international university at Nalanda is about to come true. The detailed project report (DPR) is ready, land acquisition is going on and a bill on the university will be tabled shortly in the Bihar assembly. The proposed university will be fully residential like the ancient Nalanda seat of learning. In the first phase it will have seven different schools with 46 foreign faculty members and over 400 Indian academics, states the final DPR, which was submitted to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in February. The university will impart courses in science, philosophy and spiritualism along with other subjects. An internationally known scholar will be the chancellor of the university. Bihar Human Resources Development Commissioner M. Jha said the idea of the university was first mooted in the late 1990s but it was President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s initiative in early 2006 that gave shape to the project. The excavated remains at Nalanda are protected as a site of national importance. The university, a 5th century architectural marvel, was home to over 10,000 students and nearly 2,000 teachers. Nalanda is the Sanskrit name for ‘giver of knowledge’. Nalanda University, which existed until 1197 AD, attracted students and scholars from Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey, besides being a pedestal of higher education in India. Though it was devoted to Buddhist studies, it also trained students in subjects like fine arts, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, politics and the art of war.
University of the Visual & Performing Arts
The origin of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts can be traced back to the year 1893, the era in which the Ceylon Technical College was established. Drawing and Design were among the first courses to be taught there. Approximately five decades later, on the 1st of October 1949, the Department of Arts and Aesthetics shifted its locality from Horton Place to Haywood College. The subsequent renaming of the institution to the “School of Art” marked yet another hallmark in the saga of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts. The School of Arts conferred the Diploma in Fine Arts upon completion of six years of study. On 2nd July 1952, the institution now known as the Government College of Fine Arts introduced singing and acting to the Curriculum. While the departments of Music and Dance were established in Albert Crescent in Colombo, the institution saw a further transformation of its name to the College of Fine Arts. As a result of the First University Act of 1972, this institution evolved in 1974 to become the Institute of Aesthetic Studies of the University of Ceylon. Thus, for the first time, 63 students presented themselves in 1978 to receive the Bachelor of Arts degree. The restructuring of the University system in Sri Lanka brought about the affiliation of this Institute to the University of Kelaniya in 1980. The Special Gazette Notice issued by Her Excellency the (then) President of Sri Lanka formally announced the creation of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts with effect from 1st July 2005. This University was founded in order to promote and develop the Visual and the Creative Arts as well as to offer recognized higher educational qualifications in these spheres of study. To the post of First Vice Chancellor of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts, Her Excellency the President appointed Professor Sarath Amunugama
The Open University
The Open University of Sri Lanka offers Certificate courses, Diploma Courses, Advance Diploma Courses and Degree Courses from its four faculties of Education, Engineering Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. The University is equipped to support Postgraduate Research Studies leading to Master of Phillosophy and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The university imparts instruction to students by distance-teaching methodology. This has opened the opportunity for adults who are employed and even for students who are not selected to the conventional universities to study by paying a tuition fee. Foundation level courses offer the opportunity for students who have passed their O/L to carry on higher studies. The Open Uniersity of Sri Lanka (OUSL) is well recognized as any other National University in Sri Lanka. It has the same academic status as all the other universities.
APIIT - University Partners
Staffordshire University, a major player in international education was established in the 1900s. The University has a student population of approximately 9,000 full-time and 5,200 part-time students. In addition, the University has some 5,000 students studying overseas on Staffordshire University awards in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Greece, Spain and France. The Computing School of the University is one of only two computing schools in the UK which celebrated 35 years of computing degree provision in year 2000. The School opened its doors to computing degree students in 1965. Since then, 5,000 students from the UK and overseas have successfully graduated with Staffordshire University Computing Degrees. The Business School focuses highly on international education and has more than 50 partner institutes worldwide and runs more than 50 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It has close associations with industrial firms, such as Rolls-Royce, Aerospace, JCB, Wedgwood and Pirelli.