Private Universities and Degree courses in Sri Lanka

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What Private degree to select?

A large number of private universities and institutions in Sri Lanka that offer foreign degrees or an equivalent qualification calls upon students and parents to be more concerned in their university programme selection. Furthermore there are many undergraduate equivalent courses available for students. What do you know about these universities? Are they actually the same institutes they claim to be or advertise?

National Universities

There is a well established National Universities in Sri Lanka, offering Bacheulars and Post-graduate (Masters, PhDs) degrees in Sri Lanka. However as the government is offering degrees as a free education you need good Z-scores to get into these degree programs.

Degrees recognized by UGC

Also there are Degrees offered by Private and Semi-government Institutes such as SLIIT, NIBM and NIFE Ocean University. Some of these degree programs are recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC).  Follwoing are those degree programs recognized by UGC (Extracted from UGC web site in October June 2014)

Degrees offered by Foreign Universities

There are many foreign university degree qualifications including those from UK, Australia, Russia, India, US and many other countries are offered by different institutes in Sri Lanka. Or you can go abroad to do degree programs. According to UGC web site, it recognizes foreign Universities/ Higher Educational Institutes based on international acceptance. Universities/Higher Educational Institutes that are listed in the following International Publications which are authentic sources of information on Universities and Higher Educational Institutes in different countries, are recognized by UGC.
1. Commonwealth Universities Yearbook – (Published by Association of Commonwealth Universities)
2. International Handbook of Universities – (Published by International Association of Universities)

When selecting a Private degree look for following aspects:

There are many more private Degree programs and Degree awarding institutes in Sri Lanka. Rather than recommending any degree program, we advice you to look for following aseptics before selecting a degree program.

What is the ranking of the degree awarding university in its home country?
Refer globally recognized university rankings such as Times Higher Education-QS World University Ranking, US News and World Report’s World’s Best Universities.

What are the academic quality assurances?
All national and regional accredited universities are listed in the UNESCO handbook of universities. This is used as the guideline by all government higher education authorities including UGC (University Grants Commission) in Sri Lanka.

Who will teach you?
Make sure you select the right institution that has lecturers who are qualified to do the job.

What are the local campus facilities?
A good library and student resource centre with adequate reading and study material, computer labs with up-to-date hardware and software configurations and high-speed internet connections, fully equipped engineering and science labs, classroom with proper seating, space and basic facilities such as multimedia and internet are considered as the absolute minimum for any international university student.

Other Higher Education Options:

Local vs foreign education
Foreign Medical Degrees
Cost of University courses in Sri Lanka
National Institute of Business Management-NIBM
Sri Lanka School of Agriculture – Diplomas
External Degrees In Sri Lanka
Online-degrees AND Online courses in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Law College
Degree -John Kotelawala Defence University Academy
Open university of Sri Lanka
Courses you can do after Advanced Level




  1. Shakuni November 15, 2015 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

    I’m shakuni Sandamali & would like to study on software please help me for choose my institute..

  2. Fathima M July 24, 2015 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Sir,I wish to be a psychologist.Therefore I want to get a degree in psychology.But there are three or four institutes providing degrees in this field in Sri please guide me which is the most recommended institute to follow the course and get a degree. PATHE academy or Aquinas College???….

  3. ilma October 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    dear sir
    i did my a/l in bio stream this year(pending result),i wish to continue my higher education in psychology,if a wanted to get a degree in psychology as a external student and continue my career as a psychologist in future ,Can u please suggest me a institute which is accepted under Sri lankan commission.

  4. himali sanjeewani August 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    dear sir/madam.
    i’m a student of grade 12,from kurunegala.
    i want to know whether i can be a permanant university lecturer in sri lanka,with a foreign degree.

    i want to directly enter an indian university,to study hindi untill PHD,without getting in to a sri lankan university.

    would i be able to do my job as a permanant university lecturer in a sri lankan university,just with that indian degree??

  5. palitha liyanage November 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi im Palitha from Kadawatha looking for a business managment
    course through on your school reply me your information.

  6. Nissanka Achchi November 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sir
    Im Nissanka from Ratmalane would like to follow a business
    management course reply me all information how to attend to
    your school.

  7. K. D. Prasanna November 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam
    Im Prasanna from Malabe would like to study higher education
    please be kind provide your all information.

  8. Student Lanka February 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Two universities from Britain and Singapore will soon sign agreements with the Board of Investment (BOI) to set up colleges here, a top official said.
    M.M.C. Ferdinando, acting Secretary of the new Ministry of Investment Promotion told the Business Times that the University of Lancashire in Britain and Raffles University College in Singapore will be soon entering into agreements with the Board of Investment (BOI) to establish two university colleges in Merigama and Negombo, respectively.

    Minister of Investment Promotion Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that at least 12,000 students leave the country annually for foreign university education utilising over US$ 400 million in foreign exchange per year.

    He revealed that the ministry is in the process of evaluating foreign university and education institute project proposals focusing attention on IT, commerce, accountancy, management, designing, mass communication and technology degree awarding institutions to empower local student to maximise their potential in their lives and careers.

    They will be able to obtain a foreign degree without going overseas and paying a lesser amount, he added.

    Meanwhile the JVP-led Inter University Student Federation has accused the government of instigating a secret plan to increase the number of students qualified in the commerce stream by preparing easy question papers in 2012 GCE Advanced Level examination with aim of forcing them to enter foreign universities.

  9. Zaheer Omed June 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Many private degrees are only IT or management. What about science. engineering, social sciences degrees.

  10. Nuwangi Piyathissa June 7, 2011 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    You have not mentioned Informatics. It offers world standard IT education.

  11. Rushan Jayawardena June 7, 2011 at 10:10 am -  Reply

    SLIIT is good, it even got world univesity ranking with webomatriec ranking system.

  12. Sunimal June 7, 2011 at 10:06 am -  Reply

    Great content. It’s got loads of information with links to futher reference. Thanks for sharing.

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