Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology

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Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (Guarantee) Limited
ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තා‌ක්ෂණ ආයතනය
இலங்கை தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப நிறுவனம்
SLIIT Logo Crest.png
Type 'non-state' LBG
Established 1999
Endowment Mahapola Trust Fund and Sri Lankan Government
President & CEO Prof Lalith Gamage
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 11,300
Undergraduates 9,000
Postgraduates 1,500
Other students
Location Malabe, Sri Lanka
Campus Main campus: Malabe
Metropolitan campus Colombo 03
Matara centre
Kandy Centre
Kurunegala Centre
Jaffna Centre
Colors Blue, Gold

Association of Commonwealth Universities The Institution of Engineering and Technology

International Association of Universities
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Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (Guarantee) Limited (Sinhalese: ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තා‌ක්ෂණ ආයතනය, Tamil: இலங்கை தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப நிறுவனம்) also popularly known as SLIIT is a "non-state" LBG higher education and degree granting institute in Sri Lanka. It was incoperated under companies act.[1][2][3][1]

It was founded in 1999 in response to rapid development of the IT industry in the country in 90's.[4] The institute was established by the government of Sri Lanka as a "private" higher education institute.[5][6][7] It has two campuses and four 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 is accredited as a degree awarding institute under the Universities Act of Sri Lanka,[8][9] and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in computing, business and engineering with the consent of University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka.

SLIIT is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and International Association of Universities.[10] It enrolls approximately 7000 undergraduate and graduate students.[10]

SLIIT is nominally under the purview of the Ministry of Higher Education & Highways under the Extraordinary Gazette No. 1936/51 of OCTOBER 15, 2015[2]



Late Minister Lalith Athulathmudali acquired the 25 acre land where SLIIT stands today in the 1980s in the expectation of building a Technological University and the Mahapola Trust Fund Headquarters.Eventually, former Minister of Commerce Kingsley T Wickramaratne along with Minister Richard Pathirana took necessary steps to establish the Institute.[11]

The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology was established in 1999 by incorporating under the companies act as a company by Guarantee in Sri Lanka,[12] with ability to award degrees following amendments to the Universities Act the same year, thus gaining recognition from the University Grants Commission.[13] It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). SLIIT was established primarily to educate and train information technology professionals. Its guarantee company registration number is GL 24.[14]

SLIIT got initial funding from the government.[15][16] The land for the Malable campus was given by the government. SLIIT was financially funded by Mahapola Higher Education Trust Fund and was aided by the ministries of International and Internal Commerce Affairs, Higher Education and by the Ministry of Finance & Planning.[17] The use of the name "Sri Lanka" in its name and the emblem featuring a lion passant, holding a sword in its right fore paw as found in the Sri Lankan government emblem have been used at the incorporation of the company, features reserved for government business entities, as the company was formed as a part of a government project[18][19].

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.[20]

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.[21] 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.


Presently, SLIIT operates two Campuses - the Colombo Metropolitan Campus at Kollupitiya, the Malabe Campus, and few centres in Matara, Kandy, Jaffna and Kurunegala. The total enrolment of students at SLIIT for bachelor's degree Programmes is about 7,000.

A further 1,000 students follow master's degree Programmes, Postgraduate Diploma and other Professional Development Programmes. This has been followed by planned expansion into Bangladesh[22] and enrolment of students from Africa and South Asia.[23] Since its inception SLIIT has produced over 50% of the professionals[4] in Sri Lanka's IT and BPO industry, the fifth largest export earner in the country.[23]

Recent history[edit]

In 2011, SLIIT was accredited by for awarding Bachelor of Business Administration degree and in 2013 for Bachelor of Science in Engineering under new faculties of business and engineering.[9] The same year SLIIT opened Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management to offer the Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management degree offered by the William Angliss Institute Australia.[24]

SLIIT opened a new expansion, SLIIT Computing, in Kollupitiya to further expand undergraduate studies.[when?]

In 2014, Professor L. Rathnayake was appointed as the vice-chancellor.[10]

In 2015 SLIIT established the School of Architecture.[citation needed]


Malabe Campus[edit]

Malabe Campus.

The Malabe campus covers an area over 10 ha (25 acres) and is the largest SLIIT campuses. This is the flagship campus. Malabe is home to the faculties of Computing, Business and Engineering. It is between Kaduwela and Malabe towns along the New Kandy Road. This campus is well known for its eye catching building complex. Malabe campus houses lecture theatres, research facilities, auditorium, restaurants, gymnasiums and the main library of SLIIT. This campus also has sporting facilities.

Metropolitan Campus[edit]

The metropolitan campus is in Kollupitiya. Mainly postgraduate programs and some undergraduate programs are conducted in this campus.

Regional centers[edit]

SLIIT has regional expansions out of Western Province in Kandy, Matara, Jaffna and Kurunegala. These regional centers have facilities for undergraduate studies.

Academic profile[edit]

Faculty of Engineering at SLIIT.


SLIIT is divided into four faculties: Computing, Business, Engineering and Graduate Studies.

Faculty of Computing[edit]

Faculty of Computing.

Faculty of Computing is the most demanded and largest faculty of SLIIT. It was started in 1999 to produce IT professionals for the nation. This faculty offers Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in over five disciplines. This faculty comprises three[clarification needed] departments.

Faculty of Business[edit]

The faculty of business at SLIIT offers the Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Capital Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing Management, Quality management, Management Information Systems. This faculty has two departments.

  • Department of Business Management
  • Department of Information Management

Faculty of Engineering[edit]

Faculty of Engineering at SLIIT offers undergraduate degrees approved by the UGC. The faculty also conducts Engineering degrees and master's degrees from partner universities such as Curtin University (Australia) and Sheffield Hallam University (UK). There are several sub-departments. This faculty offers BSc. Engineering degrees in several disciplines. Sub-departments of this faculty are:

Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management[edit]

The CAHM is the first internationally recognized school for tourism and hospitality management in Sri Lanka. It was initiated in 2012. The project is a joint venture of SLIIT, Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management (CAHM),[25] 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 center and team rooms for students’ practical training.[26]

SLIIT Computing[edit]

SLIIT Computing is a new privately managed subsidiary of SLIIT. This institute is in Kollupitiya. Bachelor of Science in Information Technology three-year program and some other undergraduate courses are conducted in this institute.

Faculty of Graduate Studies[edit]

Master of Science in Information Technology under several disciplines are conducted in this faculty.

School of Architecture[edit]

SLIIT established School of Architecture (SSA) in 2015. The School of Architecture at SLIIT, offers a five-year Architecture degree.


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.[27]

The partnership with Sheffield Hallam University in United Kingdom enables SLIIT to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and degree transfer programs.[28] The University of British Columbia allows students to study for postgraduate degree from SLIIT.[29] Similar partnerships allow students to complete several semesters of study at SLIIT and to finish the degree work at the other universities.


Lalith Athulathmudali Auditorium At SLIIT

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.[30]

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.[31]

Administration and staff[edit]


SLIIT is chartered as a non-profit organization registered under company Act 2007 and is governed by appointed director board headed by the chairman.[32] SLIIT is under the purview of the Ministry of Higher Education & Highways under the Extraordinary Gazette No. 1936/51 of OCTOBER 15, 2015 which is for the most part nominal.[2] From its inception in 1999, SLIIT has fallen under the purview of various government ministries from time to time, such as the then Ministries of International and Internal Commerce Affairs(while one of its key founders, Mr. Kingsley T Wickramaratne was the Minister of Commerce) and the Ministry of Science and Technology, before coming under the purview of the Ministry of Higher Education & Highways in October 2015. For example, under the initial gazette notification released for the assignment of subjects and functions released on September 21, 2015, SLIIT was under the purview of the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training.[33]

SLIIT is an education institute overseen by Board of Investments (BOI).[34]

Key People[edit]


SLIIT Library operates several branches at Colombo, Mathara and Malabe.[10]


SLIIT is ranked at many instances within private institutes in Sri Lanka. The corresponding rankings within Sri Lanka are:

Publications Category 2013 2014 2015 2016
Lanka Monthly Digest Higher Education[37] 1 - - -
Webometrics Ranking of World Universities Sri Lankan Universities[38][39] 11 9 9 14[40]
Higher Education Institutes in Sri Lanka[35][41] - 1 1 1[40]


SLIIT promotes 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.[10]


  • Professor Sam Karunaratne (1999-2014)
  • Professor L. Rathnayake (2014-onwards)

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Private or Stat". Retrieved 2017-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ Silva, Anusha. "SLIIT to launch UGC approved Engineering degrees". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Moulding The Future". BUSINESS TODAY. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Wickramaratne, Kingsley T. "Sri Lanka's Cyber Village - Malabe SLIIT Campus". Daily News. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Kulatunga, Ananda. "Higher Education and Economic Development in Sri Lanka". Lanka Monthly Digest. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Jeewandara, Shaveen. "A colourful statement". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Universities Act of Sri Lanka
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ a b c d e 2014/2015 Student Guide (PDF). Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Adhikari, Deepthi Pramitha (7 August 2016). "Mahapola & SLIIT". Divaina. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
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  15. ^ "About - SLANSHEI". SLANSHEI. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "SLIIT ranked Sri Lanka’s highest private educational institution in Webometrics 2015 Rankings". SLIIT. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  17. ^ Withana, Prabhath (23 September 2009). "SLIIT 10th Anniversary". Divaina. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
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  20. ^ SLIIT offers UK recognised BBA Degrees,
  21. ^ SLIIT produces 675 IT Graduates this year, Sundayobserver
  22. ^ SLIIT expands network to Jaffna and Bangladesh
  23. ^ a b SLIIT enrols students from Asia and Africa for new intake
  24. ^ a b "History of SLIIT". Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  25. ^ Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management
  26. ^ "Globally recognised Hospitality Management degree now offered for the first time in Sri Lanka at SLIIT". 
  27. ^ Media release, Curtin University of Technology Archived 29 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ SLIIT-SHU partnership, Sheffield Hallam University SLIIT-SHU partnership, Sheffield Hallam University
  29. ^ SLIIT Affiliations Archived 12 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  30. ^ SLIIT Research Symposium, SLIIT
  31. ^ Keynote Address to the hSenid 10th Anniversary Celebration, 22 March 2007, U.S. Embassy, Colombo
  32. ^ "Government Notifications" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. 1933/13: 25A. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
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  34. ^ "Key Sectors For Investment - Knowledge Services". BOI Sri Lanka. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  35. ^ a b "Webometrics ranking of World Universities, picks SLIIT number one". Daily News. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  36. ^ Thilan Wijesinghe: Walking Tall
  37. ^ "LMD ranks SLIIT No. 1 in Higher Education". Daily News. 12 December 2013. 
  38. ^ "Sri Lanka". 
  39. ^ "2013 July". 
  40. ^ a b "Sri Lanka Private University Ranking 2016/2017 Official". Lanka University News. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  41. ^ "SLIIT ranked SL's highest private educational institution in Webometrics 2015 Rankings". Daily FT. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 

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