Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology

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Coordinates: 6°54′52″N 79°58′20″E / 6.91444°N 79.97222°E / 6.91444; 79.97222

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology logo.png
Established 1999
Type Private autonomous
Chancellor Prof L.L. Rathnayake[1]
President Prof Lalith Gamage
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 4,000
Undergraduates 3,600
Postgraduates 200
Other students
Location Malabe, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Campus Main campus (Suburban) – Malabe ,
Metropolitan campus (Urban) – Colombo
Colors Blue, white, orange
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Affiliations University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka,
Association of Commonwealth Universities
SLIIT's Malabe campus, 16 km from Colombo (Sri Lanka's capital)

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (also known simply as SLIIT) is a technology university in Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1999. SLIIT is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and International Association of Universities.[1] SLIIT enrolls approximately 7000 undergraduate and graduate students.[1]

It was established by the government of Sri Lanka. The university has 2 campuses and 4 centres. The main campus is in Malabe, 16 km from Colombo. It also has a metropolitan campus in Colombo, the island's largest city. SLIIT offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computing, Business and Engineering.

SLIIT is an internationally accredited university in the fields of Information Technology, Electronics and Management as well as a research university.[2][dead link]



The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology was established in 1999 by an Act of Parliament in Sri Lanka, with ability to award degrees following amendments to the Universities Act the same year, thus gaining recognition from the University Grants Commission. It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). SLIIT was established primarily to educate and train information technology professionals. It became the first government-owned fee levying IT university in Sri Lanka[3]

SLIIT is a governmental institution with initial funding from the government. It is a statutory board and a company by guarantee.[4] SLIIT comes under the Ministry of Higher Education.[5] Unlike other state universities it does not depend on government funding and therefore has a great deal of autonomy. In 2007 SLIIT began expanding into fields of study outside those of IT and computing. These include electronic engineering and business management in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University.[6]

Since its conception, under the presidency and chancellorship of Professor Sam Karunaratne, it has become the leading degree-granting institute in Sri Lanka for information technology, producing 600 graduates annually.[7] SLIIT has expanded its IT education from Colombo and its suburbs to other parts of the country, including Kandy and Matara, making SLIIT accessible in six locations.


SLIIT operates two campuses and four centres: the Malabe Campus at Malabe and the Metropolitan Campus at Kollupitiya, Colombo, the Kandy Centre at Kandy, the Jaffna Centre at Jaffna, the Kurunegala Centre at Kurunegala and the Matara Centre at Matara. This has been followed by planned expansion into Bangladesh[8] and enrolment of students from Africa and South Asia.[9] Since its inception SLIIT has produced over 50% of the professionals in Sri Lanka's IT and BPO industry, the fifth largest export earner in the country.[9]


Malabe Campus
Malabe Campus

The Malabe campus covers an area over 25 acres and is the largest of the SLIIT campuses. This is the flagship campus for SLIIT. Malabe is home to the faculties of Computing, Business & Engineering.

Metropolitan Campus

The metropolitan campus is situated in Kollupitiya at the Bank of Ceylon merchant tower.

City Campus

The city campus is a new expansion situated in Kollupitiya.

Kandy Centre

The Kandy centre of the SLIIT was established in 2002. Students are required to transfer to the campuses at Colombo to continue their studies after completing the diploma levels of the degrees.

Mathara Centre

This is situated in Matara, Sri Lanka. This was established in 2004. This has facilities to first and second year students.

Jaffna Centre

Jaffna centre was established in 2010 with the partnership of Ewis Career Training Limited. This is situated at Point Pedro, Jaffna.

Kurunegala Centre

The centre at Kurunegala was started in 2013.

Academic profile[edit]

Faculty of engineering at SLIIT


  • Faculty of Computing – Dean – Dr. Malitha Wijesundara
    • Department of Information Technology
    • Department of Software Engineering
    • Department of Information Systems Engineering
    • Department of Graphics and Multimedia
    • English Language Teaching Unit
  • Faculty of Business
    • Department of Business Management
    • Department of Information Management
  • Faculty of Engineering – Dean – Prof. Ashok Peiris
    • Department of Civil Engineering
    • Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies


SLIIT has built partnerships with Australian universities including Curtin University, Deakin University, Monash University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of New Castle, University of South Australia, University of Tasmania, QUT, Swinburne University and William Angliss Institute.[10] These partnerships allows students to study for their degrees at SLIIT.

The partnership with Sheffield Hallam University in United Kingdom enables SLIIT to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and degree transfer programs.[11] The University of British Columbia allows students to study for postgraduate degree from SLIIT.[12] Similar partnerships with other universities allow students to complete several semesters of study at SLIIT and to finish the degree work at the other universities.


SLIIT conducts IT and computer-related research and is a partner of, Sri Lanka's Technology Incubator. The SLIIT Research Symposium, which is held annually, showcases and helps advance research in the IT field in Sri Lanka.[13]

Professional courses[edit]

SLIIT conducts the Cisco Network Academy courses (CCNA, CCNP and CCSP) under the only regional Cisco Network Academy in Sri Lanka. SLIIT is the only Microsoft Academy in Sri Lanka offering Certification Courses.[14]


SLIIT Library currently operates several libraries at Colombo, Mathara and Malabe.[1]


SLIIT is one of the top universities in Sri Lanka. In 2013 SLIIT was ranked number one in the Higher Education category by Lanka Monthly Digest.[15]

In 2015, SLIIT was ranked first among non-state universities in Sri Lanka in Webometrics Ranking of World Universities and ranked 9th place overally including state universities. [16]

Student life[edit]

The Student's Interactive Society (SIS) is the main student body at SLIIT. The society organises student activities which includes the annual Freshers Night Dance, the Sports day and the Colours Night. Apart from the SIS there are the HEDRA which is the SLIIT programming community, the FOSS Community, the IT Students' Community (ITSC) which is the students' community of the Department of Information Technology, the CSNSC which is the student community of the CSN Department and the Drama & Arts Society and BIMS which is the student community of Business and Information management department student who follows Information Systems Degree and Business Management Degree.

Student organisations[edit]

  • Student Interactive Society
  • Sports Council
  • FOSS Community
  • Rotaract Club
  • HEDRA SLIIT Programming Community
  • IT Students Community
  • CSN Students Community
  • Students Community for faculty of business
  • SLIIT Alumni Association


SLIIT promote sports and recreational activities. Malabe campus has a range of sporting facilities used by students including Cricket, Rugby, Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Tennis, Table tennis, Badminton, Chess and Carrom. SLIIT sporting teams compete in a range of local and national competitions.[1]


Partner universities[edit]

The Institute holds formal links with institutions from around the world to share teaching and research and facilitate staff and student exchanges.

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