Office Address

College House
94, University of Colombo
Cumaratunga Munidasa Mw
Colombo 03
Sri Lanka


(+94) 112 581 835
(+94) 112 584 695
(+94) 112 585 509

The University

The University of Colombo occupies an estate of 50 acres (200,000 m2) in the heart of the city of Colombo known as Cinnamon Gardens located in Colombo 07. The administrative center of the university is the College House, which houses the office of the vice chancellor, with its period architecture is a city landmark.

The College House, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is located along Thurstan Road between Queens Road and the India House. Situated between the Thurstan Road and Reed Avenue is the iconic Old Royal College Building, King George Hall, New Arts Theatre, sports ground along with the buildings of the Science Faculty and the University of Colombo School of Computing. On the other side of the Reed Avenue is the university library flanked by the arts and law faculty buildings along with the gymnasium.

The estate includes several properties outside Cinnamon Gardens, such as the Faculty of Medicine which is located at Kynsey Road opposite the Colombo General Hospital in close proximity to the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine located at Norris Canal Road. The Institute of Indigenous Medicine is located in the suburbs of Colombo in Nawala. In addition, there are several properties outside Colombo, including the Sri Palee Campus in Wewala, Horana and the Institute of Agro Technology and Rural Science in Hambantota.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

  • Country in South Asia.
  • Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), a tiny island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean, is a rugged land of rainforest, diverse wildlife and endless beaches. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes, and the sacred city of Anuradhapura. Its flavorful cuisine reflects its history as a maritime hub and cultural melting pot.


  • 65,610 sq. km. (25,332 sq. mi.); about the size of West Virginia.


  • Economical capital – Colombo (pop. est. 1.3 million – urban area).
  • As the biggest and former capital city in Sri Lanka and one of the beautiful cities in Asia, Colombo has excellent national and international transport links. This section gives you information that you need to find us and also some indications on what visitors can see in Colombo.
  • Sri Jayewardenepura – Kotte is the officially designated capital and is the site of Parliament. Other cities – Kandy (150,000), Galle (110,000), Jaffna (100,000).


  • Coastal plains in the northern third of country; hills and mountains in south – central Sri Lanka rise to more than 2,133 meters (7,000 ft.).


  • Tropical. Rainy seasons – light in northeast, fall and winter, with average rainfall of 50 in.; heavy in southwest, summer and fall, with average rainfall of 200 in.
  • Nationality : Noun and adjective – Sri Lankan(s).
  • Population : 21.3 million.
  • Annual population growth rate : 0.9%.
  • Ethnic groups (2002) : Sinhalese (74%), Tamils (18%), Muslims (7%), others (1%).
  • Religions : Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity.
  • Languages : Sinhala and Tamil (official), English.
  • Education : Years compulsory – to age 14. Primary school attendance – 96.5%. Literacy – 92%.
  • Health : Infant mortality rate – 9.47/1,000 (2012 est.). Life expectancy – 73 yrs. (male); 77 yrs. (female).
  • Work force : 7.6 million (excluding northern provinces).
  • Type : Republic.
  • Independence : February 4, 1948.
  • Constitution : August 31, 1978.
  • Suffrage : Universal over 18.
  • Branches : Executive–president, chief of state and head of government, elected for a 6-year term. Legislative–unicameral 225-member Parliament. Judicial–Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, subordinate courts.
  • Administrative subdivisions : Nine provinces and 25 administrative districts.
  • Political parties : Tamil National Alliance, United National Front for Good Governance, United People’s Freedom Alliance, Several Tamil and Muslim parties, Marxists, and others (2015).
  • GDP: LKR 9,785 billion (2014).
  • Annual growth rate: 7.4% (2014).
  • Natural resources: Limestone, graphite, mineral sands, gems, and phosphate.
  • Agriculture (11% of GDP): Major products–rice, tea, rubber, coconut, and spices.
  • Services (59% of GDP): Major types–tourism, wholesale and retail trade, transport, telecom, financial services.
  • Industry (29% of GDP): Major types–garments and leather goods, rubber products, food processing, chemicals, refined petroleum, gems and jewelry, non-metallic mineral-based products, and construction.
  • Trade: Exports–$8.3 billion: garments, tea, rubber products, jewelry and gems, refined petroleum, and coconuts. Major markets–U.S. ($1.77 billion), U.K., India.
  • Imports–$13.5 billion. Major suppliers–India, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Iran, Malaysia, Japan, U.K., U.A.E., Belgium, Indonesia, South Korea, U.S. ($178 million).
  • The actual origins of the Sinhalese are shrouded in myth. Most believe they came to Sri Lanka from northern India during the 6th century BC.
  • Buddhism arrived from the subcontinent 300 years later and spread rapidly. Buddhism and a sophisticated system of irrigation became the pillars of classical Sinhalese civilization (200 BC-1200 AD) that flourished in the north-central part of the island.
  • Invasions from southern India, combined with internecine strife, pushed Sinhalese kingdoms southward.