List of universities in Sri Lanka

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This is a list of higher education institutions in Sri Lanka.

History[edit]

The first institution of modern higher education in the island was established in 1921 as the University College Ceylon; even though there several institutions of vocational education before that. In 1942 the first university was established as the University of Ceylon with several campuses island wide, Colombo (established 1942), Peradeniya (established 1949), Vidyodaya (established 1959), Vidyalankara (established 1959) and Katubedda (established 1972). It was dissolved in 1972 to establish the University of Sri Lanka. Jaffna campus was added to the university in 1974. With the promulgation of the Universities Act. No 16 of 1978, state university status was restored to the 6 separate campuses. University Grants Commission (UGC) was also created to plan and coordinate the state university education. After that, a number of state universities were created. All these state universities are registered under the University Grants Commission, but a few come under the auspices of ministries other than the Ministry of Higher Education, in which the UGC is a part of.

Most of the state universities depend on funds given by the University Grants Commission, as it is their primary and sometimes only source of funding. Therefore, the UGC has a direct control over these universities and administer the undergraduate intake. The UGC is subordinate to the Ministry of Higher Education.

A few other public exist which function interdependently. The government has a stake in some of these institutions. The most prominent is the Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education, which is under Ministry of Higher Education & Highways.[1] The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was a similar institute but has since been classed as a state university,[citation needed] though it is under the control of the Ministry of Defence.[2]

Current situation[edit]

In Sri Lanka, the university education has been strictly controlled by the government until recently. All degree-granting universities and most degree-granting institutes are still government-owned or -funded. However autonomous in theory, only a very few institutes are truly autonomous. The Higher Education Ministry's attempt is to enter the world's 2000 best universities, but, according to the world university ranking, Sri Lankan universities are still far behind the target.[3]

These higher education institutions can be classified under four categories:

  • public institutes contorted by the University Grants Commission
  • public institutes that are not contorted by the UGC
  • private non-profit institutes
  • private institutes

Public UGC institutes[edit]

National universities[edit]

15 state universities and 3 campuses come directly under the authority of University Grants Commission.[4] They are:

Public non-UGC institutes[edit]

Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training
Independent
  • Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration, Colombo
  • National Institute of Education
  • National Institute of Social Development (established under the NISD Act, No. 41 of 1992)[5]
  • Institute of Surveying and Mapping (established under the Act No. 21 of 1969)
  • Institute of Human Resource Advancement (University of Colombo)
  • Institute for Agro-Technology and Rural Sciences, Hambantota (University of Colombo)
  • Ocean University of Sri Lanka (established under the Act No. 36 of 1999)

Private institutes[edit]

Private non-profit institutions[edit]

Operating as non-profit institutions.

  • Aquinas University College, Colombo (registered with the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka in 1954)[5]

Private higher education companies, registrar under company act[edit]

These institutes are affiliates of foreign institutes, granting degrees from these institutes.The Sri Lankan government recognizes them under the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training.

Research institutes[edit]

Professional charters[edit]

These charter award professional qualification which are recognized as an entry qualification for postgraduate degrees.

Current status of university rankings[edit]

Sri Lanka ranking World rank University
01 2146 University of Colombo
02 2479 University of Peradeniya
03 2497 University of Moratuwa
04 3091 University of Sri Jayawardenapura
05 3194 University of Kelaniya
06 3483 University of Ruhuna
07 5989 Open University of Sri Lanka
08 7225 University of Jaffna
09 8324 South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
10 8995 Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
11 10099 Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration of Colombo
12 10799 Sabaragamuwa University
13 11154 Eastern University
14 11599 National Institute of Education Sri Lanka
15 11793 Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
16 12794 Industrial Technology Institute
17 13953 Institute of Fundamental Studies Sri Lanka
18 14151 Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology Sri Lanka
19 14725 Uva Wellassa University
20 14740 Informatics Institute of Technology Sri Lanka
21 15352 Postgraduate Institute of Sciences
22 15529 Arthur C Clarke Institute of Modern Technologies
23 15632 Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture
24 15667 Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College
25 15691 University of the Visual & Performing Arts
26 15718 Sri Lanka Institute of Architects
27 16870 Buddhist and Pali University
28 17294 Australian College of Business and Technology
29 17654 Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education
30 17677 University of Vocational Technology Ratmalana
31 18481 National Institute of Social Development
32 18553 American College of Higher Education, Dehiwala
33 18578 BMS Business Management School
34 18586 Aquinas University College Colombo
35 18714 American College of Higher Education
36 19426 Institute of Engineering Technology
37 19921 Sri Lanka Press Institute
38 20300 Imperial Institute of Higher Education
39 20478 Royal Institute of Colombo
40 20620 Ocean University of Sri Lanka
41 21471 Hardy University College Ampara
42 21479 Edulink International Campus
43 21912 Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University

Webometrics rankings[edit]

Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2015 for Sri Lanka:[6]

Sri Lanka ranking World rank University
1 2135 University of Colombo
2 2466 University of Peradeniya
3 2608 University of Moratuwa
4 3087 University of Kelaniya
5 3170 University of Sri Jayewardenepura
6 3557 University of Ruhuna
7 6353 Open University of Sri Lanka
8 7616 University of Jaffna
9 8333 South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
10 9684 Rajarata University
11 12277 Sabaragamuwa University
12 12471 National Institute of Education Sri Lanka
13 12605 Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration Colombo
14 12644 Eastern University of Sri Lanka
15 12941 Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
16 13086 General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
17 13495 Postgraduate Institute of Management
18 14181 Industrial Technology Institute
19 14524 University of the Visual & Performing Arts

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (1936/51): 2A. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: 2A. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.lankauniversity-news.com/2014/02/sri-lankan-universities-world-ranking.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.ugc.ac.lk/en/universities-and-institutes/other-government-universities.html
  5. ^ a b "University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, Annual Report 2005, Page 26"
  6. ^ "Sri Lanka". Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. Retrieved 21 April 2015.