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.


Victory for the Toastmasters and Gavel Club

On the 4th of March, in-house competitions of the Toastmaster and Gavel Club took place at KDU main- auditorium......

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Colombo District Athletic Championships - 2014

For the second time KDU athletic team participated in the Colombo District Athletic Championships tournament 2014.....

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KDU Signed a MoU with Bhutan Educational Authorities

The Minister of Education of Bhutan, along with other officials from his Ministry visited KDU on 11th Mar’ 2014......

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ICT Girls’ Day

A guest lecture on ‘ICT Girls’ Day’ was conducted on the 14th of March 2014 at 09.30hrs at General Sir John.....

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KARAKAL - EMPERORO Squash Championship - 2014

KDU Squash team participated in the KARAKAL - EMPERORO Squash Championship tournament - 2014 organized by Sri Lankan.....

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The Japan Karate Association - Sri Lanka Branch – 10th Karate Championship Tournament – 2014

KDU Karate team participated in the 10th Karate championship tournament 2014 organized by Japan Karate Association.....

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KDU Demonstrates its Excellence at “Deyata Kirula” Mega Exhibition

By erecting a colourful and informative exhibition stall at the venue of “Deyata Kirula” exhibition at Kuliyapitya.....

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Awarding Ribbon and Insignia

The Ceremony of awarding ribbons and insignia was held on 26 February 2014 at the main auditorium of KDU. Major.....

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A Workshop on 'Environmental Law and Justice

A Workshop on 'Environmental Law and Justice' organized by the Faculty of Law of the General Sir John Kotelawala.....

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Foundation Stone Laid For New Faculty Of Garduate Studies Building

The foundation stone for construction of the new multi-storied eco-friendly faculty of postgraduate Studies building.....

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Bank Of Ceylon Opens Its New Kotelawala Defence University Branch

State owned “Bank of Ceylon” opened its new branch in the premises of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.....

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Expert Psychiatrist Delivered A Lecture On Ptsd

Dr. Siri Galhenage, a prominent psychiatrist who is now in Sri Lanka having served in his profession for thirty years.....

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Inter Squad Basketball 2014 Won by Vijayabha Squander

Inter squad basketball matches was held on 12th February 2014. initialy Vijayaba and Gemunu have faced on arena on.....

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KDU Cricket Team Beat American National College (ANC) In Red Bull Campus Knockout Cricket Tournament T - 20

The KDU O/Cdt Ravindu Uyanhewa and O/Cdt Nuwanga Gamage impressed with good knocks as KDU 1st Eleven beat ANC by five.....

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Afghanistan High Commissioner Pays Courtesy Call On Vice Chancellor Kdu

His Excellency Azizuddin Ahmadzada, the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for Sri Lanka paid a.....

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