The University of Colombo (UoC) is a public research university mainly located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is the oldest modern higher education institution in Sri Lanka. Specializes in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences and applied sciences, as well as mathematics, computer science and law. It is one of the top 10 universities in South Asia.
The University of Colombo was established in 1921 and is a University College of Colombo under the University of London. Since 1923, degrees have been awarded to its students. When Ceylon Medical College was established, the history of the university dates back to 1870. UoC has produced outstanding alumni in the fields of science, law, economics, business, literature and politics.
The university is a state university, most of its funding comes from the central government through the University Grants Committee (UGC) funding. Therefore, as with all other national universities in Sri Lanka, the UGC recommends that its vice-president be appointed by the President of Sri Lanka and appoint its administrators. Its motto is “Buddhih Sarvatra Bhrajate”, which means “wisdom is everywhere” in Sanskrit.
The university has more than 11,000 students and is composed of seven colleges, 43 academic departments and eight other institutions. Most colleges offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, and some also offer courses and distance learning courses for external students.