Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology

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Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
SLIIT Logo Crest.png
Established 1999
Type Private autonomous
Chancellor Prof L.L. Rathnayake[1]
President Prof Lalith Gamage
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 4,000
Undergraduates 3,600
Postgraduates 200
Other students
Location Malabe, Sri Lanka]
Campus Main campus (Suburban) – Malabe ,
Metropolitan campus (Urban) – Colombo
Colors Blue, white, orange
Affiliations University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka,
Association of Commonwealth Universities
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Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (also known as SLIIT) is a private university in Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1999. SLIIT is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and International Association of Universities.[1] SLIIT enrolls approximately 7000 undergraduate and graduate students.[1]

It was established by the government of Sri Lanka. The university has 2 campuses and 4 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 in Sri Lanka under Universities Act of Sri Lanka.[2] SLIIT offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computing, Business and Engineering.

SLIIT is an internationally accredited university in the fields of Information Technology, Electronics and Management as well as a research university.[3]



The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology was established in 1999 by an Act of Parliament in Sri Lanka, with ability to award degrees following amendments to the Universities Act the same year, thus gaining recognition from the University Grants Commission. It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). SLIIT was established primarily to educate and train information technology professionals. It became the first government-owned fee levying IT university in Sri Lanka[4]

SLIIT is a governmental institution with initial funding from the government. It is a statutory board and a company by guarantee.[5] SLIIT comes under the Ministry of Higher Education.[6] Unlike other state universities it does not depend on government funding and therefore has a great deal of autonomy. 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.


SLIIT operates two campuses and four centres: the Malabe Campus at Malabe and the Metropolitan Campus at Kollupitiya, Colombo, the Kandy Centre at Kandy, the Jaffna Centre at Jaffna, the Kurunegala Centre at Kurunegala and the Matara Centre at Matara. This has been followed by planned expansion into Bangladesh[9] and enrolment of students from Africa and South Asia.[10] Since its inception SLIIT has produced over 50% of the professionals in Sri Lanka's IT and BPO industry, the fifth largest export earner in the country.[10]

Recent History[edit]

In 2011, SLIIT was accredited by UGC for awarding Bachelor of Business Administration degree and in 2013 for Bachelor of Science in Engineering under newly opened faculties of business and engineering.[2] Same year SLIIT opened Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management to offer the Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management degree offered by William Angliss Institute Australia.[11]

SLIIT opened a new expansion SLIIT Computing in Kollupitiya to further expand undergraduate studies.

In 2014, Professor L. Rathnayake was appointed as the vice-chancellor of the university.[1]


Malabe Campus[edit]

Malabe Campus

The Malabe campus covers an area over 25 acres and is the largest of the SLIIT campuses. This is the flagship campus for SLIIT. Malabe is home to the faculties of Computing, Business & Engineering. This is situated 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 theaters, research facilities, auditorium, restaurants, gymnasiums and the main library of SLIIT. This campus also have sporting facilities.

Metropolitan Campus[edit]

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

Regional Centers[edit]

SLIIT has some 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 much needed IT professionals for the nation. This faculty offers Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in over five disciplines. This faculty comprises three 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. Faculty also conducts Engineering degrees and master's degrees from partner universities such as Curtin University(Australia) and Sheffield Hallam University (UK). This also has several sub-departments. This faculty offers BSc. Engineering degrees in several disciplines. Sub departments of this faculty are:

Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management[edit]

This is the first internationally recognized school for tourism and hospitality management in Sri Lanka and was initiated in 2012. The project is a joint venture of SLIIT, Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management (CAHM),[12] 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.[13]

SLIIT Computing[edit]

SLIIT Computing is a new subsidiary of SLIIT. This institute is situated 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.


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.[14] These partnerships allows students to study for their degrees at SLIIT.

The partnership with Sheffield Hallam University in United Kingdom enables SLIIT to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and degree transfer programs.[15] The University of British Columbia allows students to study for postgraduate degree from SLIIT.[16] Similar partnerships with other universities allow students to complete several semesters of study at SLIIT and to finish the degree work at the other universities.


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.[17]

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.[18]

Key People and Staff[edit]

Professor Lalith Gamage[edit]

Main article: Lalith Gamage

Professor Lalith Gamage (MBCS, MIEE) is a professor, founding CEO and the current president of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology. he his also the Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies. Professor Gamage is a leading Sri Lankan academic in the field of Computer Science.

Professor Sam Karunarathne[edit]

Main article: Sam Karunaratne

Samarajeewa "Sam" Karunaratne, (FIET, FIEE, FIESL) is an emeritus professor of engineering and a leading Sri Lankan academic who is the founding and former chancellor of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology and the former vice-chancellor of University of Moratuwa.


SLIIT Library currently operates several libraries at Colombo, Mathara and Malabe.[1]


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

Publications Category 2013 2014 2015
Lanka Monthly Digest Higher Education[19] 1 -
Webometrics Ranking of World Universities Sri Lankan Universities[20][21] 11 9 9
Higher Education Institutes in Sri Lanka[22][23] - 1 1

Student life[edit]

The Student's Interactive Society (SIS) is the main student body at SLIIT. The society organises student activities which includes the annual Freshers Night Dance, the Sports day and the Colours Night. Apart from the SIS there are the HEDRA which is the SLIIT programming community, the FOSS Community, the IT Students' Community (ITSC) which is the students' community of the Department of Information Technology, the CSNSC which is the student community of the CSN Department and the Drama & Arts Society and BIMS which is the student community of Business and Information management department student who follows Information Systems Degree and Business Management Degree.

Student organisations[edit]

  • Student Interactive Society
  • Sports Council
  • FOSS Community
  • Rotaract Club
  • HEDRA SLIIT Programming Community
  • IT Students Community
  • CSN Students Community
  • Students Community for faculty of business
  • SLIIT Alumni Association


SLIIT promote 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.[1]


Partner universities[edit]

The Institute holds formal links with institutions from around the world to share teaching and research and facilitate staff and student exchanges.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f 2014/2015 Student Guide (PDF). Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "SLIIT Research Symposium to focus on making Sri Lanka". 
  4. ^ Thilan Wijesinghe: Walking Tall
  5. ^ Statutory Boards,
  6. ^ Institutes that recognized as degree awarding institutes by the Ministry of Higher Education
  7. ^ SLIIT offers UK recognised BBA Degrees,
  8. ^ SLIIT produces 675 IT Graduates this year, Sundayobserver
  9. ^ SLIIT expands network to Jaffna and Bangladesh
  10. ^ a b SLIIT enrols students from Asia and Africa for new intake
  11. ^ "History of SLIIT". Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management
  13. ^ "Globally recognised Hospitality Management degree now offered for the first time in Sri Lanka at SLIIT". 
  14. ^ Media release, Curtin University of Technology[dead link]
  15. ^ SLIIT-SHU partnership, Sheffield Hallam University SLIIT-SHU partnership, Sheffield Hallam University
  16. ^ SLIIT Affiliations[dead link]
  17. ^ SLIIT Research Symposium, SLIIT
  18. ^ Keynote Address to the hSenid 10th Anniversary Celebration, 22 March 2007, U.S. Embassy, Colombo
  19. ^ "LMD ranks SLIIT No. 1 in Higher Education". Daily News. 12 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Sri Lanka". 
  21. ^ "2013 July". 
  22. ^ "Webometrics ranking of World Universities, picks SLIIT nuber one". Daily News. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "SLIIT ranked SL’s highest private educational institution in Webometrics 2015 Rankings". Daily FT. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "Affiliated Universities". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 

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