Welcome to General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

A leading university with a global approach, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) is the only university offering graduate courses in defence studies in the South Asian region. Being a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom), we maintain world class standards for educating and grooming Officer Cadets to successfully meet the challenges of modern defence management and are proud to contribute to the making of outstanding Army, Navy and Air Force officers dedicated ‘for the motherland forever’.

 Founded in 1981 as a Defence Academy, KDU was elevated to the level of a university in 1986 with the distinctive mission of ensuring a superior quality learner-centered education through academic and professional programmes combined with practical research across many disciplines in the field of defence for its students.

The university has opened its doors to civil students who wish to continue their higher studies in the fields of Engineering, Law, Management, Social Sciences and IT. KDU currently offers degree courses at both undergraduate and post graduate levels to an eclectic blend of Officer Cadets, Officers and civilians.

Based in Rathmalana, a city 12 km from the capital of Sri Lanka, KDU is spread across a land extent of 48 acres, which is of breathtaking beauty enriched by a spectacular lake. Its natural environs and a range of unique and rare species of flora are carefully maintained to preserve the antiquity of the premises in its pristine past.

Words from Vice Chancellor

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General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) is one of the prestigious military universities in the South Asian region. Its aim is to groom young officer cadets to be intellectually, physically and mentally capable of taking up future challenges in the field of defence, so as to best serve the Sri Lanka Army, Navy, and Air Force.


“Plan Your Future Education & Career Guidance Exhibition-2014”

KDU established a stall at the Plan Your Future Education & Career Guidance Exhibition held on 19th,20th & 21st.....

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KDU Sports Achievements At The BITS Open Sports Meet (BOSM) – 2014 In India

BITS OPEN SPORT MEET (BOSM) 2014 which is conducted annually by the Birla Institute of Technology and science Pilani,.....

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Jaffna University Team Wins “KDU Leaders’ Trophy Soccer 2014”

Jaffna University team emerged overall champions in the “KDU Leaders’ Trophy Soccer” defeating General Sir John.....

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Leaders’ Trophy Volleyball Tournement- 2014

Leaders’ trophy volleyball tournament organized by the KDU volleyball team was held during 13, 14 and 16 of September.....

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KDU took part in the 3rd phase of the Future Minds. Educational Career Exhibition 2014

KDU established a stall at the Future Minds Higher Educational & Career Exhibition held on 06 & 07 September 2014 at.....

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KDU International Research Conference 2014

The annual research conference 2014 of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, , was held on the 21st and.....

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Soft skill training programme for students of Institute of Indigenous medicine, University of Colombo

Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies conducted Two day Soft skill Development Programme for Fourth year and Final.....

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KDU Rugby team has won the Championship (Bowl) in rugby 7’s tournament of 9th UiTM International Sports Fiesta 2014.....

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General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University International Research Conference 2014

A reputed higher education establishment in Sri Lanka with a global approach, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence.....

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MSc Degree in Electrical Engineering Programme- I, and MSc Degree in Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering Programme- I

The inauguration ceremony of MSc in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering.....

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Vice Chancellor KDU Signs a MOU with Charles Sturt University Australia; Another Step Towards Sri Lanka’s Vision of Becoming a Knowledge Hub

On 5th August 2014, Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Sri Lanka’s General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.....

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Workshop on Industrial Law

The Faculty of Law, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University is currently engaged in a process of capacity.....

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Re-Opening of the Honour Shop

The Honour shop of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University has been renovated and re-opened by the Vice.....

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