University of Ruhuna

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University of Ruhuna
Motto Paññāya Narānaṅ Ratanaṅ (Pali)
Established 1978
Type Public
Chancellor Venerable Pallattara Sumanajothi Thero
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Gamini Senanayake
Admin. staff 1144 (366 teaching)
Students 6366
Postgraduates 100
Location Matara & Galle, Sri Lanka

The University of Ruhuna (Sinhala: රුහුණ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය Tamil: ருகுண பல்கலைக் கழகம்) is a university in Matara, Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1978 and is organized in seven Faculties. The Faculties of Engineering and Medicine are in Galle.

The University of Ruhuna was established by
Dr. Nissanka Wijeyeratne
The University of Ruhuna


The University of Ruhuna was established by Dr. Nissanka Wijeyeratne the Cabinet Minister of Education & Higher Education at the time.[1] It was opened on 1 September 1978 as Ruhuna University fulfilling a long cherished desire of the people of the south to have a university in the region. It was housed in the Technical College buildings at Meddawatte, Matara with about 40 academics, 50 non-academics and 275 students. A new building complex for the university was designed by the world-renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa and was constructed at Wellamadama with a unique architectural landscape. The RUC was shifted to the new premises in 1984 and it was elevated to full university status.

During the past 25 years, it has witnessed considerable progress and development in the academic, research and outreach spheres with substantial improvement in intellectual and infrastructure resources and has emerged as a leader of higher education in Sri Lanka.

To date, it has produced about 10,000 graduates and over 75 postgraduates. Around 100 postgraduate students are pursuing masters and doctoral programmes at the university in disciplines that are of particular relevance to the development of the region in particular and the country in general.

It has seven faculties: Agriculture, Engineering, Fisheries and Marine Sciences & Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management and Finance, Medicine, and Science. The university has responded to the needs of the country and established two new faculties, namely 'Management and Finance' and 'Fisheries and Marine Science' and Technology — the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. Thus, the university has as many faculties as the University of Peradeniya, the largest university in Sri Lanka.



The Main Library of the University of Ruhuna is at the Wellamadama campus. Agriculture, Medical and Engineering faculty libraries are at the Mapalana, Karapitiya and Hapugala campuses. There is also an Allied Health Sciences faculty library.

Library, University of Ruhuna
Established 1978
Location Matara, Mapalana, Karapitiya,Hapugala, Sri Lanka

The library holds about 140000 books and about 300 Journal titles (foreign and local). These resources are available in both print and electronic formats. Services of the library includes reference, lending, interlibrary loan, current awareness services, conducting workshops and maintaining library website with useful links to online resources for which the library have subscribed as well as those available free. The library website also provides access to the CD collection in the library and the Online Public Access catalogue. According to the Library statistics, annual circulation of library resources is more than 123000.


  • Faculty of Agriculture
    • Department of Agricultural Biology
    • Department of Agricultural Economics
    • Department of Agricultural Engineering
    • Department of Animal Science
    • Department of Food Science & Technology
    • Department of Crop Science
    • Department of Soil Science
  • Faculty of Engineering
    • Department of Civil and Environment Engineering
    • Department of Electrical and Information Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences and Technology
    • Department of Oceanography and Marine Geology
    • Department of Limnology
    • Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Department of Business Administration
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Geography
    • Department of History
    • Department of Pali & Buddhist Studies
    • Department of Sinhala
    • Department of Sociology
  • Faculty of Management and Finance
    • Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
    • Department of Accounting and Finance
    • Department of Marketing
  • Faculty of Medicine
    • Department of Anatomy
    • Department of Biochemistry
    • Department of Physiology
    • Department of Parasitology
    • Department of Microbiology
    • Department of Pharmacology
    • Department of Pathology
    • Department of Medicine
    • Department of Paediatrics
    • Department of Clinicals
    • Department of Surgery
    • Department of Psychiatry
    • Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics
    • Department of Forensic Medicine
    • Department of Community Medicine
  • Faculty of Science

The main campus is at Matara. The faculties of Engineering and Medicine are at Hapugala and Karapitiya, about 5 km from Galle city center. The Faculty of Agriculture is at Mapalana, 16 kilometers north of Matara and 2 kilometers south of Kamburupitiya.

Student life[edit]

Faculty Students' Unions[edit]

According to the amended University Act of 1988, Section 26, students of each faculty can form a Faculty Union of all students of that faculty. The main objective of this Union is to promote academic actions of the student population and to work for the advancement and welfare of the students and the faculty. The student union of Science Faculty has a vision of anti-ragging. "Widyapeeta Shishya Sabawa" and "Podu sisu balawegaya" are main unions of anti-raggers of Ruhuna University.

Sport facilities[edit]

The university is equipped with a large gymnasium which is the third best in Sri Lanka with seating capacity for 3000. Training facilities for many indoor sports activities are available here for students after 12.00 p.m. every weekday. These includes:

The university playground was commissioned in 1998 and outdoor facilities for following sports are available here.

The department of physical education provides sports equipment to students for games organized by the university and for training sessions free of charge.


University of Ruhuna is used to be noted for high level of ragging in recent years with several major incidents grabbing national headlines. However, university authorities have taken steps to reduce the level of ragging. There are some unions for anti-ragging. They are "Widyapeeta Shishya Sabawa" and "Podu sisu balawegaya". Their vision is "Nawakawadayen thora, nidahas, niwahal, nowsunu sarasaviyak udesa" which means anti-ragging. In science faculty there is no any rag for freshers.


  1. ^ Saga of Nilame and Kumarihamy by Lakmal Welabada. Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka), Retrieved on 10 December 2006.

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