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The University of Peradeniya is the heir to a sixty year old University tradition which commenced with the inception of the University of Ceylon, the first institution of its kind established in Colombo on 1 July 1942. It moved to the banks of Mahaweli River, the longest in the Country, in 1952. 


University of Peradeniya strives to deliver education, training and research programs by conducting professional and curriculum-based teaching and learning and conduct high quality research for national, regional and global needs whilst maintaining highest levels of efficiency, effectiveness, integrity and transparency in contributing to the development of a knowledge-based society.


University of Peradeniya is well-known for its many research centers:

  • International Research Center
  • Centre for Environmental Studies
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Center
  • Agribusiness Centre (AbC)
  • Engineering Design Centre (EDC)
  • Centre for the Study of Human Rights
  • Center for Research in Tropical Medicine (CRTM)
  • Oral Medicine and Periodontology


The policy of University of Peradeniya  is mainly focused on guiding students to transform their “choices to action” as follows:

  • Facilitate young person’s transition from school to university with a career focus
  • Advising on careers
  • Enhancement of employability skills
  • Provision of career related information
  • Networking with the industry
  • Availing work experience
  • Graduate placement
  • Assist faculties to integrate career guidance within curricular in the form of instructional modules
  • Entrepreneurship skills development
  • Career related training, research and development


Housing services

The Accommodation Division is a part of the University of Peradeniya. It provides a comprehensive service to all the students of the University by administering and allocating 19 hostels in the University, with the aim of supporting the student experience by providing efficient and effective accommodation services and facilities.

Library services

The library developed into a library network comprising the Main Library and seven other branch libraries, namely Agriculture, Science, Medical, Engineering, Vet Medical, Allied Health Science and Dental libraries. The ninth library is attached to the sub-campus, Faculty of Agriculture in Mahailuppallama. The Main Library can be accessed by proceeding along the new Galaha road.

ICT services

The IT Center undertakes teaching ICT courses for undergraduates on request by different faculties . The center also conducts examinations on completion of each course. A sample test is available.

Medical services

  • In catering to primary healthcare needs, the Health Centre operates a full-fledged laboratory services, 24 hour ambulance service and a preventive health care service.
  • The university maintains a student counselling service to assist and guide students who have problems pertaining to academic, social and personal matters.

Student Life

Campus life

The University covers about 700 hectares of land and the developed area covering approximately 130 hectares is occupied by buildings of the Faculties, Halls of Residence, Staff bungalows etc.Throughout the campus most trees begin to bear flowers in early March signaling the coming of spring. Lovers' Lane, Kissing Bend, open-air theater and the lower Hantana Road display a rare aesthetic beauty through the rich foliage.

Sports facilities

  • Indoor and outdoor sports facilities are available for students and the staff of the University. These sporting facilities includes Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Tennis, Volleyball courts, and 400 meters Cinder Track for athletics. Other than these facilities out door courts are available for Softball Cricket, Baseball and Elle.
  • The University of Peradeniya has one of the largest gymnasiums in Sri Lanka. At the Gymnasium Indoor facilities are available for Badminton, Basketball, Carom, Chess, Netball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Taekwondo and other martial arts activities. Peradeniya University has a 50 meters Swimming Pool.

Student clubs

  • Muslim Majlis.
  • Newman Society.
  • Operations Research Society.
  • Photographic Society.
  • Physical Society.
  • Robotics Society.
  • Rotaract Club.
  • SEDS Pera Chapter

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