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.


KDU Law Students Excels their Mooting & Debating Skills

Mooting Team of Faculty of Law of KDU won the Best Memorial at the National Rounds showcasing their mooting skills on.....

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KDU Squash Players Excel In Premadasa Riding School Open Squash Championship – 2015

The KDU squash team has excelled in the Premadasa Riding School Open Squash Championship - 2015 organized by the Sri.....

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Open Day – 2015

The media conference organized to educate media organizations on Open Day of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence.....

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KDU Wins a Gold Medal at the Sri Lanka National Rowing Championship 2015

The rowing team of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was able to secure the gold medal in the over 18.....

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KDU became champions in UiTM International netball tournament 2015

The netball team of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University took part in the UiTM International netball.....

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KDU tops off close game with win at the Inter club Netball tournament

The Inter Club netball tournament organized by the Colombo District netball association was held on 24thof September.....

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Intake 29 Celebrated Their Fourth Anniversary

The Intake 29 of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University celebrated their 4th anniversary on 12 September 2015.....

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Kotelawala Defence University Emerged Champions at The Leaders Trophy Hockey 7's

Turning a golden chapter in KDU sports history KDU Hockey team emerged champions at the First leaders trophy Hockey.....

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KDU Basketball Team Turn Up Victorious at The Leaders’ Trophy Basketball Tournament - 2015

The Leaders’ Trophy Basketball Tournament-2015 organized bythe General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University for the.....

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KDU The Champions of Leaders Trophy Rugby Sevens Tournament 2015

KDU defends the championship while UOC and SLMA winning Plate and Bowl Championships at the Leaders Trophy Rugby.....

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KDU Boxing Players Exhibited Impressive Performances at the National Novices Boxing Championship - 2015

Officer Cadet AAML Kaluarachchi of Intake 31 won a silver medal in 52 Kg weight Category at the National Novices.....

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Third Installation Ceremony of Rotaract Club of KDU Held On 14 September 2015

The Rotaract club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, since its inception on the 07th of August 2013.....

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KDU Athletes Shine at ACE Club Athletic Meet- 2015

The KDU Athletic team yet again showed utmost team spirit, exceptional talents and remarkable performances at the ACE.....

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KDU Volleyball Team Became Victorious at the Leaders’ Trophy Volleyball Tournament - 2015

The Leaders’ Trophy Volleyball Tournament- 2015 organized by the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University for.....

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Games Night – 2015 Concluded Successfully

Games Night -2015, one of the most fascinating events of the annual event line up of the General Sir John Kotelawala.....

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