Turning a new chapter in the history of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), the ceremonial opening of its Southern campus at Sooriyawewa took place on 05 May 2015. The president, Honorable Maithripala Sirisena graced the occasion as the Chief Guest for this event. State Minister of Defence Honorable Ruwan Wijewardene , Governer of the Uva Province – Hon. MP Jayasinghe, Secretary Defence Mr. Basnayake, Chief of defence staff – General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Krishantha De Silva , Commander of the Navy – Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera , Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake, Chancellor of KDU General Rohan Daluwatta, Vice Chancellor of the Kotelawala Defence University - Major General Milinda Peiris, the pioneer of this great effort,other senior officers of the university and the Chairman of University Grants Commission also participated in this event. Apart from them a number of local and government officials were participated.
The campus, dedicated to Built Environment and Spatial Sciences as well as Information Technology related studies comes as a result of the government's recognition of the essential need to broaden Sri Lanka's tertiary education sector and to offer a wide spectrum of internationally recognized higher educational opportunities for Sri Lankan youth to earn qualifications essential for national development.
The campus located in a 140 acre land and is based on the green concept preserving the natural environment of the area. The KDU Southern Campus will bring the country one step closer to becoming the regional education hub.The Campus is responsible for training and graduating military as well as civil students. The courses will be conducted by well experienced academics and professionals in the field. Moreover, strict discipline is maintained due to close supervision by the Military staff of the campus.