The University of Colombo has an excellent track record of providing research expertise for national development. Several of the key projects run by the university are shown below:
- University of Colombo Science and Technology Cell
- Institute of Agrotechnology and Rural Science
- University of Colombo School of Computing
- Geocenter of the Institute of Human Resource Advancement
- Centre for the Study of Human Rights
- National Education Research and Evaluation Centre
- Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre
The University conducts several training programs and courses.
The University provides specialist services to many other government and non-governmental institutions and to the community.
The University provides guidance to its students to help them choose appropriate future careers.