Welcome to General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University - Southern Campus

The concluding years of the 1970’s recognised a requirement for the tri-forces to obtain not only military expertise, but an academic education, too. Following this necessity, former prime minister, General Sir John Kotelawala, donated 48 acres of his personal estate in Kandawala to the tri-forces in 1980. This grew to be the dawn of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy. The Academy has now matured into a fully-fledged university, consisting of nine faculties, offering both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Several decades into the future, towards this present date, the capacity of Kotelawala Defence University was deemed insufficient to meet the growing demand of students and academics, and inspiration bloomed to broaden this network. Consequently, a corporate plan was developed in 2012 that foresaw a vision to establish campuses in the North and South. Thus, when the opportunity was provided to commence a University Village in Sooriyaweva, KDU accepted the brave challenge of becoming pioneers and establishing not only the Faculty of Computing, but also initiating the Faculty of Built Environment and Spatial Sciences from scratch on 140 acres of land vested by the government.

Due to the unremitting and steadfast commitment and contribution of the great minds behind the development of the Southern Campus, this harsh land was terra-formed and transformed into the present day institution that is rapidly making progress towards globally being a vital academic hub. Having started off from untamed land and the strength and allegiance to continue this project, this picturesque campus, surrounded by natural forests, scenic lakes, and breathtaking horizons, now comprises of two faculties and five departments, offering numerous degrees. The Southern Campus of KDU is currently home to approximately a hundred students, housed in living quarters provided by the university. Cadets and day scholars alike reside and learn cordially, creating an atmosphere of mutual understanding and comradeship. Furthermore, within barely a year, the university is now able to provide students with sports facilities, library facilities, computer labs, fully equipped architectural studios, latest laboratory equipment, and quality tertiary education.

This progress does not stop here. Future plans for the institution include initiating a flying school within the Southern Campus, using Maththala airport as a resource. Likewise, this is only the starting chapter of the book narrating the grand journey of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Southern Campus.

Book Review Presentations

Officer Cadets of Intake 32, 33 and 34 conducted Book Review, Book Critique and Book Appreciation presentations on.....

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New Accommodation Buildings for Southern Campus

Foundation Stone laying ceremony for two new accommodation buildings for undergraduates of Southern Campus was held.....

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Beach March

Beach March of Southern Campus was held on 16th October 2017 to enhance the endurance, physical fitness and stamina.....

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8 Mile Run

8 Mile run of Southern Campus was held on 01st October 2017 to enhance the endurance, physical fitness and stamina of.....

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Traffic Awareness Programme

The Department of Information Technology organized an awareness programme on ‘Traffic rules and regulations’ on 04th.....

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Rotaract Activities Commenced at Southern Campus

To make a new definition for the friendship, it is a combination of Rotary and Interact, now are in action at.....

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Exhibition at Sooriyaweva National School

An Educational exhibition was held at Sooriyaweva National School on 21st and 22nd September 2017 to mark the 50th.....

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OPEN DAY - 2017

“OPEN DAY” of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) was held on 09th September 2017 at the University.....

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Rectors Shield - 2017

The Rectors Shield Cricket Tournament - 2017 was held on the 30th August 2017 at the grounds of the Southern Campus -.....

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Badminton Tournament - 2017

Badminton Tournament 2017 was held on 20th August 2017 at the gymnasium of Southern Campus, KDU. Chief Guest for.....

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Visit of Defence Advisor

Colonel Sajjad Ali, Defence Advisor of High Commission Pakistan, paid a courtesy visit to General Sir John Kotelawala.....

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The ‘Padura-2017’ of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Southern Campus was held on the 19 August.....

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Katuwanayaya Temple

Southern Campus, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University got a great opportunity to do a charity work on.....

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Book Donation Programme

Book Donation Programme was organized on 27th July 2017 at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Southern.....

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Guest Lecture- Music & Well being

The music and wellbeing session of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Southern Campus was held on the.....

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