Higher Education is considered a major driver of economic development in Sri Lanka. In the present context, the role of Higher Education in the country is considered most critical, given that Sri Lanka’s future in the global knowledge economy depends on the country’s human capital.
As Sri Lanka is geared to advance as a fast growing middle income country, it is increasingly apparent that a higher education system producing skilled, hardworking and enterprising graduates is vital. The country also needs the research and innovation capacity to support dynamic economic development. Against this background, Sri Lanka aims to transform into a preferred destination for investments in Higher Education, thereby positioning itself as a regional center of excellence for learning and innovation. To this end, Sri Lanka has targeted achievement of excellence in higher education by 2020, and to become the most preferred country for higher education in the Asian subcontinent. The government has already commenced the formulation of necessary legislation to regulate private sector higher education institutes.
The state university sector comprises 15 Universities, 8 Post Graduate Institutes and 10 other Degree Granting Universities/Institutions. The capacity of the state university system is limited and not more than 17% of the 150,000 students who qualify for university education gain admissions to these Universities. While the state university systems remain the primary provider of university education, the establishment of private universities will encourage the government to attract approximately 50,000 foreign students to Sri Lanka. These universities are also expected to absorb, on average up to 12,000 Sri Lankan students recorded as leaving the country for higher education, thereby generating considerable foreign exchange savings as well as the anticipated earnings.
- Branch campuses of leading Foreign Universities
- Higher Educational Institutes
- Hospitality / Tourism / Hotel Management
- Design Development
- Maritime Training
Whom to Contact
|Mr. Gamini Jayathillake
Director (Head of Knowledge ser.)
|Tel: +94 11 2427090/+94112346341
Fax: +94 11 2422407
|Tel : +94 11 2386953 /
+94 11 2427240
|Mr. Sujeewa Subasinghe
|Tel : +94 112543040 / +94 11 2427248
* The sector team is located at 24th Floor, West Tower, World Trade Centre, Colombo 1
- Raffles Education Corporation Ltd
- Auston Institute of Management (PVt) Ltd
- Nawaloka Group
- Ceylinco Group
- Access group
Relevant Agencies / Organizations
|Line Agencies Contacts
|Central Environmental Authority (CEA)
104, Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha,
Tel: +94 11 2872359
Fax: +94 11 2872608
|Ministry of Higher Education & Highways
18, Ward Place, Colombo 7,
Tel: +94 11 2694486,2697133,2697721,2691378
Fax: +94 11 2697239
|Colombo Municipal Council (CMC)
Town Hall, Colombo 07.
Tel: +94 11 2684291, 2684290
Fax: +94 11 2684290
|Sri Lanka Customs
40, Main Street,
Colombo 11, Sri Lanka.
Tele: +94 11 2445147
Fax: +94 11 2446364
|Department of Immigration and Emigration
41, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 10,
Tel: 94-11-5329000 Hunting Line
Web Site: www.immigration.gov.lk
Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission (TVEC)
|Department of Inland Revenue
81, Sir Chiththampalam A. Gardinar Mawatha,
Colombo 02, Sri Lanka.
Tel: +94 113009355, 3009257
FAX: +94 11 2337777
|Urban Development Authority (UDA)
6th & 7th Floor, Sethsiripaya,
Battaramulla, Sri Lanka.
Tel: +94 11 2875916
Fax: +94 11 2873637