What is CUCEC?

The Colombo University Community Extension Centre (CUCEC) established in 2005 is Sri Lanka’s first multidisciplinary centre in a university devoted to community development activities. The centre undertakes challenging and innovative research and offers relevant training on key social and economic development issues and also functions as a centre for information exchange, dissemination and debate and links to the national as well as regional level policy making process and community level development activities.

The centre provides for the first time an organized framework to mobilize the diverse intellectual resources of the country’s metropolitan university in order to create a stimulating environment for the professionals to collaborate and participate in training, and action-oriented research in community development activities. The CUCEC has the capacity of obtaining the expertise of the other universities in Sri Lanka including Jaffna, Eastern and Southeastern universities, as there have been strongly established links in some of the projects of the CUCEC.