Language learning is a path to wisdom. It entails larger horizons of knowledge, self – empowerment, better attitudes, and fair conduct and develops respect and tolerance towards cultural, social, and political diversity, which is essential for peaceful and harmonious living. While English language is given priority as it is the medium of instruction at the university, the Department of Languages at the Faculty of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities conducts basic Sinhala and basic Tamil courses for all KDU students in order to give them an exposure to these national languages. All foreign students studying at the university are required to follow national languages courses. Students whose native language is Sinhalese are required to follow the Tamil course and the students whose native language is Tamil have to follow the Sinhala language course. There are two language laboratories at the Department of Languages at the Faculty of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities as follows:
LEVEL III Laboratory
In level III laboratory main focus is on listening and speaking skills. Students have the ability to use audio taped materials to improve their listening skills. Main benefit of this level III laboratory provides an opportunity for students to record and listen to their own speech. It supports for a standard pronunciation by comparing with their speaking skills.
LEVEL IV Laboratory
Level IV laboratory is a computer-based laboratory. This is used for improving four learning skills such as listening, speaking, reading & writing. American English course materials are used to teach students in this laboratory.
The library of KDU is an Integral part of the professional development of all its users, and it supports the vision and mission of the university. The prime role of the library is to provide a suitable environment and to facilitate a variety of resources in multiple formats which enhances teaching, learning and research activities of the university. The library caters to over 3000 readers including both students and the staff of the university. The seating capacity of the library is approximately 170. It provides library clients with quality services and access to information, in a learning environment which provides equitable access to the library services for all clients. The main library possesses a collection covering a vast area of knowledge in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Management, Law, Geography and History. At present, the library collection encompasses over 23700 books pertaining to various subject disciplines. Further, the library provides electronic access to full text databases to facilitate research activities of the university. With the opening of new faculty building all Engineering related content will be moved to a new location conveniently housed in the new faculty building, giving more access to students.
The main objective of KDU medical centre conveniently located in the University premises is to provide health care for resident students and the University community. In order to cater healthcare and emergency medical needs. It operates a 24-hour ambulance service and daily clinics. University Medical Officer (UMO) and his supportive staff of nurses and attendants are dedicated to cater to the health care needs of the University community. In addition to his main duties, UMO has the sole authority to issue medical certificates and validate external medical certificates.
KDU encourages all students to take part in sports activities as an integral part of their training. Further, KDU provides facilities and equipment for team sports such as soccer, rugby, cricket, basketball, volleyball, hockey, and individual sports such as squash, tennis, Badminton, table tennis and swimming etc. KDU teams play regular matches with other universities and clubs. Entrance to National Tournaments at appropriate levels can also be facilitated. A swimming pool, table tennis and weight training equipment, gymnasium and playground are also available for the use of students.