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 Past Student Wins 'Ranaviru Real Star' Mission 4

Captain Aruni De Silva became the fortunate singing star at the Mission 4 ‘Ranaviru Real Star’ prgramme held on 26th.....

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Gifting of Books and Research Materials by the Moragoda Trust

The Official Ceremony to handover books and research materials, that were the life-long collection of Dr Christopher.....

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July Ball 2014

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KDU athletic team participated in the ACE Athletic Club Championships tournament - 2014 organized by the ACE Athletic.....

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IHL Workshop Closing Ceremony

A three day Advanced Workshop on International Humanitarian Law for the members of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka,.....

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Vice Chancellor of KDU Honoured with International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education

Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP USP ndc psc, Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.....

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Advanced Workshop on International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

The inauguration ceremony of the Advanced Workshop on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) organized jointly by the.....

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KDU took part in the 2nd phase of the Future Minds

KDU took part in the 2nd phase of the Future Minds. Expo 2014, held on 14th & 15th June 2014 at Kandy City Centre...

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KDU Established a Stall at the Future Minds. Expo 2014

KDU established a stall at the Future Minds. Expo 2014, a well known Educational Exhibition held on 6, 7 & 8 June.....

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Kandawala Lake Gets Facelift

The renovated lake at the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) was declared open today (22nd May). The lake, a part of.....

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Sri Lanka Junior National Athletics Meet - 2014

KDU Athletics team participated in the Sri Lanka Junior National Athletic Meet - 2014 organized by Athletic.....

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Coaching Camp For KDU Cricketers

Mr Sajeewa Chanaka De Silva, former Sri Lankan pace bowler, has conducted a Coaching Camp for KDU Cricketers on 01.....

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The Annual Sports Meet 2014

The Annual Sports Meet of Gen Sir John Kotelawela Defence University was held on 25th and 26th of April 2014 at.....

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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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