More about University of Colombo

The University of Colombo in Sri Lanka was founded in 1921 and is the oldest higher education institution in the country.

Located primarily in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city, the university is organised as a state institution with the intention of providing higher education throughout the country. Its main campus is located in the centre of Colombo, on a 50 acre estate comprising modern developments and older, colonial architecture that is today considered a national heritage site.

The university is organised across seven faculties and 43 academic departments, along with seven institutes and research centres, including one dedicated to Social Policy research.

In addition to a large and diverse academic portfolio, the university also offers library services, career guidance, sport and student societies, and accommodation facilities on campus.

Other facilities include an arts theatre where students can showcase their acting and musical abilities.

The university prides itself on being a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic institution that emphasises values of social harmony, cultural diversity, equal opportunity and unity among its staff and student population. A number of scholarships are available for international students and it boasts academic partnerships with several overseas universities, including Durham University in the UK, Moscow State University in Russia, La Trobe University in Australia and the National University of Singapore.

Among Colombo’s most famous alumni are Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and cricketer Kumar Sangakkara.

The university’s official motto translates from the Sanskrit as ‘Wisdom Enlightens.’

Away from campus, students of the university can enjoy Colombo’s many attractions including museums and shopping malls, historical sites and Buddhist temples, a planetarium, a zoological garden and an ocean-front park.

Key statistics

  • 16,296
    Number of Students
  • 22.4
    Student to Staff Ratio
  • 1%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 40 : 60
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Collected during World University Rankings on 28th Sep 2016

Where we are


94 Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha
Western Province
Sri Lanka