University of Kelaniya is one of the earliest established state universities in Sri Lanka. It is located just outside Colombo, in the city of Kelaniya, and possesses two campuses, seven faculties related to fifty-six departments with a variety of studies, and three institutes. University of Kelaniya originates from the historic Vidyalankara Pirivena, founded in 1875 by the Venerable Ratmalane Sri Dharmaloka Thero as a centre of learning for Buddhist monks. With the establishment of modern universities in Sri Lanka, in 1978 the Vidyalankara Pirivena ultimately became the University of Kelaniya.
The University of Kelaniya has the vision “To become a centre of excellence in creation and dissemination of knowledge for sustainable development” and works towards its mission which is to nurture intellectual citizens through creativity and innovation, who contribute to the national development”. It has several departments not found generally in the Sri Lankan university system, and some Kelaniya innovations have been adopted subsequently by other universities, including the Departments of Industrial Management and Microbiology in the Faculty of Science, Departments of Linguistics, Fine Arts, Modern Languages, and Hindi in the Faculty of Humanities and Mass Communication and Library and Information Sciences in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The university provides students with the finest facilities in all aspects; the Academic Division, Examination Division, Medical Centre, Library, Student Welfare Division, Career Guidance Unit, Physical Education, and Research Council are significant among them. It has unique fields of study that have great potential to attract both local and international students. It has the highest number of international students, the number exceeding 500, and offers the highest number of scholarship opportunities for undergraduates that is over 100 annually.