Last Updated on 27th December 2019

List of the Best Universities in Sri Lanka | Ranking of Sri Lankan Universities 

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island situated south of the Indian subcontinent. Sri Lanka’s higher education sector is growing rapidly. One of the remarkable features of the Sri Lankan education system is education for all, irrespective of social background. As a result, the country has the highest literacy rate in South Asia.  There are only 15 state universities in Sri Lanka under the University Grants. Some prominent universities are the University of Colombo, University of Peradeniya, University of Kelaniya, University of Sri Jayawardhenapura University of Moratuwa and University of Ruhuna. Degrees and qualifications from Sri Lankan higher education institutions are well recognized around the world, making Sri Lanka one of the top destinations for higher education.

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Sri Lanka is also one of the most desired tourist destinations in the South Asian region. Sri Lanka has nice golden beaches, endemic flora and fauna, rich cultural heritage and spectacular landscapes.

Higher Education in Sri Lanka System

Sri Lanka has four types of Higher Education Institutes:

  1. Public Universities
  2. Private Institutes which offer their own degrees recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC) of Sri Lanka
  3. Private Institutes which offer degrees in affiliation with Foreign Universities
  4. Professional Institutes

Top Universities in Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka Universities Ranking 2020

  1. University of Colombo
  2. University of Peradeniya
  3. University of Kelaniya
  4. Rajarata University
  5. University of Ruhuna
  6. University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  7. University of Moratuwa
  8. University of Jaffna
  9. Open University of Sri Lanka
  10. General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
  11. Eastern University of Sri Lanka
  12. Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
  13. Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
  14. Sabaragamuwa University
  15. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
  16. Industrial Technology Institute
  17. Uva Wellassa University
  18. NSBM Green University Town
  19. University of the Visual & Performing Arts
  20. Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture University of Peradeniya
  21. South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine Malabe
  22. National Institute of Education Sri Lanka
  23. ESOFT Metro Campus
  24. Informatics Institute of Technology Sri Lanka
  25. Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology Sri Lanka
  26. ANC Education
  27. Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College
  28. National Institute of Business Management
  29. Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration Colombo
  30. Arthur C Clarke Institute of Modern Technologies
  31. Sri Lanka Institute of Architects
  32. Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education
  33. Buddhist & Pali University of Sri Lanka
  34. BMS Business Management School
  35. National Institute of Fundamental Studies Sri Lanka
  36. University of Vocational Technology Ratmalana
  37. Australian College of Business and Technology
  38. Kaatsu International University Sri Lanka
  39. Imperial Institute of Higher Education
  40. National Institute of Social Development
  41. Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka
  42. Northshore College
  43. Institute of Engineering Technology
  44. International Institute of Health Sciences
  45. Royal Institute of Colombo
  46. Sri Lanka Technological Campus
  47. Hardy University College Ampara
  48. Ocean University of Sri Lanka
  49. IDM Nations Campus
  50. IESL College of Engineering
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