Uva Wellassa University

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Uva Wellassa University
ඌව වෙල්ලස්ස විශ්වවිද්‍යාලය ஊவா வெல்லஸ்ஸ பல்கலைக்கழகம்
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Uva Wellassa University Logo
Motto Centre of Excellence for Value Addition
Type Public
Established 1 July 2005 (2005-07-01)
Academic affiliation
University Grants Commission (Sri Lanka),
Association of Commonwealth Universities,
International Association of Universities
Chancellor Most Ven. Bengamuwe Sri Dhammadinna Nayake Thero
Vice-Chancellor Jayantha Lal Ratnasekera
Students 3,000
Undergraduates 2,400
Postgraduates 50
Location Badulla, Sri Lanka
Sporting affiliations
Sri Lanka University Games
Website http://www.uwu.ac.lk

Uva Wellassa University (abbreviated as UWU) is a Sri Lankan National University. The university was established by government gazette effective 1 June 2005 in Badulla, Sri Lanka as the 14th national university of Sri Lanka. President Chandrika Kumaratunga established the university in 2007.[1] The university officially opened by Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa on 5 August 2009.[2] It is the first all-entrepreneurial university in Sri Lanka. It differs from other Sri Lankan universities, as it is designed to provide essential skills and broad general education for all students, while providing the conceptual and methodological background and the training to obtain practical solutions for value addition to the national resources base of Sri Lanka.[3]

Governance and administration[edit]

The Uva Wellassa University is a state university and depends on the government for much of its annual grant, which is provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Due to this, its administration is heavily influenced by the UGC. Undergraduate education is completely free. The Governance of the university is under the provisions of the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978 and the Universities (Amendment) Act No. 7 of 1985 along with its own by-laws.

The university's administration is based upon that of the former University of Ceylon consisting of a dual structure of bodies: the Council (formally known as the University Court which is the governing body) and the Academic Senate (academic affairs).

Much of the appointments to officers and faculty are carried out by these bodies, however on the recommendations of the UGC.

Officers of the university[edit]


The Chancellor is the head of the university and awards all degrees, although most duties are carried out by the Vice-Chancellor. The appointment is made by the President of Sri Lanka, to a distinguished person in academics, clergy or in the civil society. The chancellor is Most Venerable Bengamuwe Sri Dhammadinna Nayake Thero.


Day-to-day management of the University is undertaken by the Vice-Chancellor, appointed by the President of Sri Lanka. The Vice-Chancellor is Dr. Jayantha Lal Rathnasekara.

Faculties and Under Graduate Courses[edit]

There are three faculties providing undergraduate degrees. Three faculties are offering 11 under graduate programs.

Faculty of Animal Science & Export Agriculture[edit]

  • Aquatic Resource Technology
  • Animal Science
    • B.ASc
  • Export Agriculture
    • B.Sc. in Export Agriculture
  • Palm & Latex Technology and Value Addition
    • B.Sc. in Palm & Latex Technology and Value Addition
  • Tea Technology & Value Addition
    • B.Sc. in Tea Technology & Value Addition

Faculty of Science & Technology[edit]

  • Science & Technology
    • B.Tech in Science & Technology
  • . Computer Science & Technology
    • B.Sc in Computer Science & Technology
  • Industrial Information Technology
    • B.IIT
  • . Mineral Resources & Technology
    • B.Sc in Mineral Resources & Technology

Faculty of Management[edit]

  • . Entrepreneurship & Management
    • B.BM in Entrepreneurship & Management
  • . Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management
    • B.BM in Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Post Graduate Courses[edit]

The university currently offers one post graduate degree program.

  • . Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science

Short Term Courses[edit]

University offers more than 12 short-term courses, and two certificate courses in General Management and Human Resource Management.


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