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
ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තා‌ක්ෂණ ආයතනය
இலங்கை தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப நிறுவனம்
SLIIT Logo Crest.png
Type Private
Established 1999
President Lalith Gamage
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 11,300[citation needed]
Undergraduates 9,000[citation needed]
Postgraduates 1,500[citation needed]
Other students
800[citation needed]
Location Sri Lanka
Campus Malabe (Main campus)
Colombo (Metropolitan campus)
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The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (Sinhalese: ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තා‌ක්ෂණ ආයතනය; Tamil: இலங்கை தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப நிறுவனம்) (also known as SLIIT) is a private institute in Sri Lanka specializing in technology, engineering and business. It is an autonomous non state institute in Sri Lanka, awarding undergraduate and taught- and research postgraduate degrees.[1][2][3][4][5][6][4] It has two campuses and four regional centres, the main campus being based in Malabe and a Metropolitan Campus in Colombo. Current enrollment is approximately 7000 in total.[7]

SLIIT is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and International Association of Universities, and has several partnerships with international universities.[7][8]



Lalith Athulathmudali originally acquired the 25 acre land where SLIIT stands today in the 1980s in the expectation of building a Technological University and the headquarters of the Mahapola Trust Fund.[citation needed] Minister of Commerce Kingsley Wickramaratne and Richard Pathirana would eventually use the land for establishing SLIIT.[9]

The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology was established in 1999 by incorporation under the Companies Act of 2007 as a nonprofit company by guarantee (registration number GL 24) with the ability to award Bachelor of Science degrees following amendments to the Universities Act the same year, thus gaining recognition from the University Grants Commission.[10][11][12] SLIIT was established primarily to educate and train information technology professionals.


Initially limited to the fields of information technology and computing, in 2007 SLIIT expanding into new fields of study. These include electronic engineering and business management in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University.[13] SLIIT also expanded its presence from Colombo and its suburbs to other parts of the country, by establishing centres in Kandy and Matara, making SLIIT accessible in six locations. Presently, SLIIT operates two campuses - the Colombo Metropolitan Campus at Kollupitiya, and the Malabe Campus, with centres in Matara, Kandy, Jaffna and Kurunegala with an undergraduate student population of over 7,000. A further 1,000 students follow master's degree Programmes, Postgraduate Diploma and other Professional Development Programmes.

In 2011, SLIIT established its faculty of business after it was accredited by the UGC to award Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Human Capital Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing Management, Quality management and Management Information Systems.

This was following in 2012, with the establishment of the Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management (CAHM); the first internationally recognised school for tourism and hospitality management in Sri Lanka. The project is a joint venture of SLIIT, Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management (CAHM),[14] and William Angliss Institute of Australia. It has been developed in line with international standards, housing a multi-use training kitchen, a full-scale banqueting facility, training restaurant, model bedrooms, an IT training centre and team rooms for students' practical training to prepare students for the degree of Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management.[15][16]

The faculty of engineering was formed in 2013, with it awarding its own Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees and master's degrees from partner universities such as Curtin University and Sheffield Hallam University.[3] The SLIIT Computing was established as a privately managed subsidiary of SLIIT in Kollupitiya to further expand undergraduate studies. In 2015, SLIIT established its School of Architecture, offering a three-year degree in architecture. In 2016, introducing 16 new research based degrees including PhD and MPhil degrees approved by the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka.[17]


The Malabe Campus

SLIIT has two main campuses in the Western Province- a Metropolitan campus in central Colombo, and a flagship suburban campus at Malabe. The Malabe campus covers an area of about 10 ha (25 acres), making it the larger of the two campuses, and houses the faculties of Computing, Business and Engineering, as well as the main library. Located between Kaduwela and Malabe along the New Kandy Road, it is the only SLIIT campus with sporting facilities. The smaller Metropolitan campus is located within the Bank of Ceylon Merchant Tower at Kollupitiya, hosting mostly postgraduate facilities.

The institute also has regional centres in Kandy, Matara, Jaffna and Kurunegala.


The institute is governed by a board of directors headed by a chairman; the current chairmen is Professor L. Rathnayake, who succeeded founding chairman Professor Sam Karunaratne.[7] Due to government ownership of the institute, many of the Board's seats are held by government officials on an ex-officio basis.[18]

The Board delegates power over academic and administrative affairs of the institute to the President, who also acts as CEO of the institute. Professor Lalith Gamage is the current President.[19]

Faculties and schools[edit]

Faculty of Computing
Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Computing[edit]

The origins of the Faculty of Computing goes back to the formation of SLIIT in 1999, when it introduced degrees in information technology. It has since expanded to cover several more areas of computing such as computer systems, networks, information systems, software engineering, interactive media and cyber security with most programs accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology.


Business School[edit]

The Business School, which was formally known as the Faculty of Business was established in 2011, offering BBA degree programs in Human Capital Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing management, Quality Management and Management Information Systems.

  • Business Management
  • Information Management

Faculty of Engineering[edit]

Established in 2013, the Faculty of Engineering offers BScs in engineering degree programs. Programs cover civil, electrical, electronic, materials and mechanical engineering, as well as mechatronics.


Faculty of Graduate Studies[edit]

The Faculty of Graduate Studies is a graduate school that conducts taught and research postgraduate degree programs in the fields of engineering and computing.[17]

Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management[edit]

The Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management (CAHM) was started in 2012 as a joint venture with SLIIT and William Angliss Institute of TAFE, offering degrees in tourism and hospitality management.[14]

SLIIT Computing[edit]

SLIIT Computing is a subsidiary of SLIIT offering degrees in information technology.

School of Architecture[edit]

The School of Architecture was established in 2015 offering BSc degrees programs in architecture and quantity surveying from the Liverpool John Moores University.

Faculty of Science and Education[edit]

The Faculty of Science and Education was established in 2018, with the introduction of a degree programs in natural sciences, education, psychology and nursing.

  • School of Education
  • School of Natural sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Psychology
  • English Language Training Unit
  • Mathematics Unit



Partnerships with foreign universities allow students to finish their degree at these universities following an initial study period in Sri Lanka.[20]

Country University/Institution Country University/Institution
Australia Australia Curtin University of Technology[21][22] Canada Canada Algoma University[23][24]
Deakin University[22][25] Memorial University of Newfoundland[24][26]
Griffith University[22] United Kingdom United Kingdom Aston University [27][28]
La Trobe University[20][22] Liverpool John Moores University[28][29]
Macquarie University[22] University of Nottingham[28]
Queensland University of Technology[22][30] University of Hertfordshire[28]
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology[22][31] United States United States Southeast Missouri State University[32]
Swinburne University[22]
The University of Adelaide[22]
University of Newcastle[22][30][33]
University of South Australia[22]
University of Tasmania[22][30]
William Angliss Institute[22]


SLIIT conducts IT and computer-related research and is a partner of, Sri Lanka's technology incubator. The SLIIT Research Symposium is held annually.[34][35]

Professional courses[edit]

SLIIT conducts the Cisco Network Academy courses (CCNA, CCNP and CCSP) under the regional Cisco Network Academy in Sri Lanka. SLIIT is also one of the Microsoft Academies in Sri Lanka offering Certification Courses.[36]


Takeover of SAITM[edit]

SLIIT has signed an MoU with South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine on 30 December 2017 which would allow SLIIT to take over ownership and management of SAITM's assets, liabilities, staff and students, Director General of Government Information Sudarshana Gunawardana said issuing a press release. All medical students, who studied at the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) absorbed into a new Medical Faculty established at the Sri Lanka Institute of Information and Technology (SLIIT) effective from 1 January 2018.[37][38]


Publications Category 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Lanka Monthly Digest Higher Education[39] 1 - - - - -
Webometrics Ranking of World Universities Sri Lankan Universities[40][41] 11 9 9 14[42] 14[43] 12[44]
Higher Education Institutes in Sri Lanka[19][45] - 1 1 1[42] 2[43] 2[44]


The Malabe campus has a range of sporting facilities 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.[7]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Extraordinary)" (PDF). Department of Government Printing. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  2. ^ Universities Act of Sri Lanka Archived 1 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "THE UNIVERSITIES ACT, No. 16 OF 1978" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (1785/22). 21 November 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Private or Stat". Retrieved 2017-06-24.
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  6. ^ Silva, Anusha. "SLIIT to launch UGC approved Engineering degrees". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d 2014/2015 Student Guide (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Moulding The Future". BUSINESS TODAY. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  9. ^ Adhikari, Deepthi Pramitha (7 August 2016). "Mahapola & SLIIT". Divaina. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
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  15. ^ "Globally recognised Hospitality Management degree now offered for the first time in Sri Lanka at SLIIT".
  16. ^ "History of SLIIT". Archived from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  17. ^ a b Indrajeewa, Ajith. "SLIIT as PhD and MPhil Awarding Institute". Observer Education. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Government Notifications" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. 1933/13: 25A. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  19. ^ a b "Webometrics ranking of World Universities, picks SLIIT number one". Daily News. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  20. ^ a b "La Trobe University, Australia Offers New Programmes For Business As Well As IT/IS Students". Business Today. October 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Media Releases". Curtin University of Technology. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Australian Universities". Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology. Archived from the original on 21 January 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  23. ^ "SLIIT ties up with Canada's Algoma University". Daily Financial Times. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  24. ^ a b "Canadian Universities". Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology. Archived from the original on 27 February 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  25. ^ "SLIIT strengthens ties with Deakin University". The Sunday Times. 27 December 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  26. ^ "SLIIT and Memorial University of Canada sign MoU". The Sunday Times. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  27. ^ "SLIIT Computing signs MOU with Aston University UK". Daily Financial Times. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  28. ^ a b c d "British Universities". Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology. Archived from the original on 22 April 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  29. ^ "SLIIT in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University". Daily News. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  30. ^ a b c "Transfer options to prestigious foreign universities through SLIIT". Daily Financial Times. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  31. ^ "Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Sri Lanka". Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  32. ^ "American Universities". Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  33. ^ "Sri Lanka". The University of Newcastle Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  34. ^ SLIIT Research Symposium, SLIIT Archived 30 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  35. ^ SLIIT Research Symposium to focus on making Sri Lanka the future hub of knowledge
  36. ^ "Keynote Address to the hSenid 10th Anniversary Celebration, 22 March 2007". Embassy of the United States. 22 March 2007. Archived from the original on 15 August 2007.
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  39. ^ "LMD ranks SLIIT No. 1 in Higher Education". Daily News. 12 December 2013.
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  41. ^ "2013 July".
  42. ^ a b "Sri Lanka Private University Ranking 2016/2017 Official". Lanka University News. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  43. ^ a b "Sri Lanka". Ranking Web of Universities. Archived from Lanka the original Check |url= value (help) on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  44. ^ a b "Sri Lanka". Ranking Web of Universities. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  45. ^ "SLIIT ranked SL's highest private educational institution in Webometrics 2015 Rankings". Daily FT. Retrieved 15 June 2015.

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