List of universities in Sri Lanka

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This is a list of higher education institutions in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan law on publicly financed universities, the University Grants Commission 15 Sri Lankan universities and other education institutions, as higher education institutions.

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 Information Technology, which is under Ministry of Higher Education.[1] The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was a similar institute but has since been classed as a state university,[2] though it is under the control of the Ministry of Defence.[3]

Establishments[edit]

Universities[edit]

There are currently twenty universities in Sri Lanka, fifteen of which are under the authority of the University Grants Commission whilst the remaining five are under the authority of government ministries.[4][5]

University Image Main campus Founded[a] Type Authority
City District Province
Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University Anuradhapura Anuradhapura North Central 1996 Public MoHE&H
Buddhist and Pali University 10429475 10203932000486438 3511604120580331632 n(1).jpg Homagama Colombo Western 1982 Public MoHE&H
University of Colombo Faculty-of-science-maths-dept.JPG Colombo Colombo Western 1 June 1870 Public UGC
Eastern University Faculty of Health-Care Sciences, Eastern University, Batticaloa..JPG Vantharumoolai Batticaloa Eastern 1 August 1981 Public UGC
General Sir John Kotelawala
Defence University
Ratmalana Colombo Western 11 October 1980 Public MoD
University of Jaffna University of Jaffna.jpg Jaffna Jaffna Northern 1 August 1974 Public UGC
University of Kelaniya Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya.jpg Kelaniya Gampaha Western 1959 Public UGC
University of Moratuwa Moratuwa Colombo Western 1972 Public UGC
Ocean University Mattakkuliya Colombo Western 2014 Public MoSD&VT
Open University Nawala Colombo Western 1978 Public UGC
University of Peradeniya Administrative building premises of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya.jpg Peradeniya Kandy Central 1 July 1942 Public UGC
Rajarata University FASc in RUSL.jpg Mihintale Anuradhapura North Central 7 November 1995 Public UGC
University of Ruhuna Ruhuna University air view.jpg Matara Matara Southern 27 August 1978 Public UGC
Sabaragamuwa University Belihuloya Ratnapura Sabaragamuwa 20 November 1991 Public UGC
South Eastern University South Eastern University Sri Lanka 2.jpg Oluvil Ampara Eastern 26 July 1995 Public UGC
University of
Sri Jayewardenepura
Sjp5.jpg Sri
Jayewardenepura
Colombo Western 1959 Public UGC
Uva Wellassa University Uwuhaven (cropped).jpg Badulla Badulla Uva 1 June 2005 Public UGC
University of the Visual
and Performing Arts
Colombo Colombo Western 1 July 2005 Public UGC
University of
Vocational Technology
වෘත්තියතාක්ෂණ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය.jpg Ratmalana Colombo Western 2009 Public MoSD&VT
Wayamba University WUSL019.jpg Kuliyapitiya Kurunegala North Western January 1999 Public UGC

Colleges and institutes[edit]

Several colleges and specialist institutes are recognised as degree awarding bodies.[6]

College/Institute Image Main campus Founded Recognised[b] Type Authority
City District Province
Aquinas University College Colombo Colombo Western 1953 10 October 2005 Private
Colombo International Nautical
and Engineering College
Malabe Colombo Western 1990 9 July 2013 Private
Horizon Campus Malabe Colombo Western 2008 26 November 2014 Private
Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Sri Lanka
Colombo Colombo Western 1959 12 March 2013 Private
Institute of Surveying and Mapping Diyatalawa Badulla Uva 1967 21 July 1990 Public DoS
Institute of Technological Studies Colombo Colombo Western 1984 15 December 1988 Private
KAATSU Battaramulla Colombo Western 7 January 2015 Private
National Institute of
Business Management
National Institute of Business Management, Colombo.jpg Colombo Colombo Western 1968 20 October 2009 Public MoSD&VT
National Institute of
Social Development
Rajagiriya Colombo Western 1 June 2005 Public MoSE&W
National School of
Business Management
Colombo Colombo Western 5 March 2013 Private
SANASA Campus Hettimulla Kegalle Sabaragamuwa 21 January 2014 Private
South Asian Institute of
Technology and Medicine
SAITM Main Building I.jpg Malabe Colombo Western 2008 30 August 2011 Private
Sri Lanka Institute of
Development Administration
Colombo Colombo Western 1966 24 April 2003 Public MoPA&M
Sri Lanka Institute of
Information Technology
SLIIT MLB 2.jpg Malabe Colombo Western 1999 30 March 2004 Public MoSD&VT
Sri Lanka International
Buddhist Academy
Pallekele Kandy Central 2009 22 February 2013 Private

Rankings[edit]

THE World University Rankings[edit]

The University of the Colombo is ranked 801 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Webometrics Rankings[edit]

2016 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities for Sri Lankan universities are listed below.

University 2016 (July edition)[7] 2015 (July edition)[8] 2014 (July edition)[9] 2013 (July edition)[10]
Country
university
rank

Change in rank from previous year World
rank

Change from previous year
Country
university
rank

Change in rank from previous year World
rank

Change from previous year
Country
university
rank

Change in rank from previous year World
rank

Change from previous year
Country
university
rank

Change in rank from previous year World
rank

Change from previous year
University of Colombo 1 Steady 1946 Increase 93 1 Steady 2039 Increase 107 1 Increase 1 2146 Increase 109 2 Decrease 1 2255 Decrease 573
University of Peradeniya 2 Steady 2158 Increase 72 2 Steady 2230 Increase 249 2 Increase 2 2479 Increase 494 4 Decrease 1 2973 Decrease506
University of Moratuwa 3 Steady 2415 Decrease 8 3 Steady 2407 Increase 90 3 Decrease 2 2497 Decrease 347 1 Increase 1 2150 139
University of Kelaniya 4 Steady 2559 Increase 570 4 Increase 1 3129 Increase 65 5 Steady 3194 Increase 1314 5 Steady 4508 Decrease 1214
University of Ruhuna 5 Increase 1 2634 Increase 1891 6 Steady 4525 Decrease 1042 6 Decrease 3 3483 Decrease 1130 3 Increase 3 2353 Increase 941
University of Sri Jayewardenepura 6 Decrease 1 3045 Decrease 569 5 Decrease 1 2476 Increase 615 4 Increase 2 3091 Increase 2878 6 Decrease 2 5969 Decrease 3210
University of Jaffna 7 Increase 2 4004 Increase 2557 9 Decrease 1 6561 Increase 664 8 Decrease 1 7225 Increase 938 7 Steady 8163 Decrease 2499
University of the Visual & Performing Arts 8 Increase 6 4121 Increase 9944 14 Increase 1 14065 Increase 1626 15 Steady 15691 Increase 812 15 Steady 16503 Increase 1063
Open University of Sri Lanka 9 Decrease 1 4479 Increase 1091 8 Decrease 1 5570 Increase 419 7 Increase 1 5989 Increase 2719 8 Steady 8708 Decrease 2824
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka 10 Decrease 3 5409 Decrease 358 7 Increase 6 5051 Increase 6742 13 Decrease 1 11793 Increase 1489 12 Steady 13282 Decrease 927
Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka = 11 Increase 1 6015 Increase 4987 12 Decrease 1 11002 Decrease 203 11 Decrease 2 10799 Decrease 261 9 Increase 1 10538 Decrease 670
Eastern University of Sri Lanka = 11 Increase 2 6015 Increase 5250 13 Decrease 1 11265 Decrease 111 12 Decrease 2 11154 Increase 970 10 Increase 1 12124 Increase 198
Rajarata University of Sri Lanka 13 Decrease 3 6137 Increase 3570 10 Steady 9707 Decrease 712 10 Increase 1 8995 Increase 3299 11 Decrease 2 12294 Decrease 6066
South Eastern University of Sri Lanka 14 Decrease 3 7968 Increase 2061 11 Decrease 2 10029 Decrease 1705 9 Increase 4 8324 Increase 5217 13 Increase 2 13541 Increase 2464
Uva Wellassa University 15 Steady 11664 Increase 4050 15 Decrease 1 15714 Decrease 989 14 Steady 14725 Decrease 359 14 Decrease 1 14366 Decrease 1800

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Foundation date of earliest higher education establishment linked to current university.
  2. ^ Date recognised as degree awarding body.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Overview of the Ministry of Higher Education
  2. ^ Now a fully fledged university
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Universities". University Grants Commission. 
  5. ^ "Other Government Universities". University Grants Commission. 
  6. ^ "Other Recognized Degrees". University Grants Commission. 
  7. ^ "Sri Lanka". webometrics. Open Publishing. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  8. ^ webometrics.info website. World Ranking of Top Sri Lankan Universities – 2015 July Retrieved 29 October 2016
  9. ^ webometrics.info website. World ranking Top Sri Lankan Universities 2014 July Retrieved 29 October 2016
  10. ^ webometrics.info website. Top Best Universities in Sri Lanka according to webometrics World Ranking 2013 July Retrieved 29 October 2016