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General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2023
Young University Rankings 2023
Kandawala Road, Rathmalana, Western Province, 10390, Sri Lanka

About General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy was formally opened in 1981 to enable young officers to gain higher academic qualifications.

In 1988 the institution was elevated to university status, and now has nine academic faculties offering over 34 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees: defence and strategic studies; medicine; engineering; law; management, social sciences and humanities; allied health sciences; built environment and spatial sciences; and computing.

Students of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University have access to a range of sports and recreational facilities. Clubs include rotaract, national rover crew, toastmasters, eco club and music clubs. In addition, students are encouraged to undertake industrial visits, industry interaction and regularly scheduled guest speakers.

Officer cadets at the university undergo military training alongside their academic studies. Their time at KDU includes weapon training and live firing, knowledge enrichment, team research and outdoor activities.

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Key statistics

  • 16.7
    No. of students per staff
  • 2%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 5,405
    Number of FTE Students
  • 22%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 51 : 49
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings

Subjects taught at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
  • Engineering & technology

    • General Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Social sciences

    • Sociology
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Business & economics

    • Accounting & Finance
    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
  • Law

    • Law
  • Arts & humanities

    • Architecture
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Medicine & Dentistry
    • Other Health