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.


National Indoor Rowing Championship

The very first national indoor rowing championship in Sri Lanka successfully concluded on 28 February 2015 after.....

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National Indoor Rowing Championship 2015

NATIONAL INDOOR ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 First National indoor Rowing Championship commenced 3 pm 26 February 2015 at.....

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14 th Colombo District Athletic Championships – 2015

The athletic team of KDU had won 13 medals at the 14th Colombo District Athletic Championship 2015. This includes 8.....

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Defence Advisor, Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka Calls on Vice Chancellor KDU

Colonel Muhommad Rajil Irshad Khan, the new Defence Advisor in the High Commission of Pakistan for Sri Lanka paid a.....

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President Declare opened the new building for Faculty of Allied Health Sciences Teaching Hospital' at KDU

President Declare open the new building for Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence.....

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Advanced Seminar on International Humanitarian Law

In furtherance of the collaboration between General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) and the.....

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“KDU Young Entrepreneurs 2014”

“KDU Young Entrepreneurs 2014” is a business plan exhibition organized by the students of intake 30 in Logistics.....

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General Convocation 2014

His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa graced the 24th Convocation of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence.....

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“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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