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.

Southern Campus, KDU Spearheads in Inculcating Reading Habits Among School Students Folks in the Region

Southern Campus, KDU launched a project on development of Home Libraries for the school student in the area as a.....

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Weekend Advanced Certificate Course in English 2021

In line with the Advanced Certificate Course in English commenced by English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) of.....

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Inter Squadron Swimming Meet – 2021

Inter Squadron Swimming meet 2021 was held on 23rd and 24th February 2021 at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence.....

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Quantity Surveying Undergraduates Enlightened on Novel Trends of the Discipline

With a view to harness B.Sc. (Hons.) in Quantity Surveying undergraduates in Intakes 36 & 37 on the upcoming.....

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Southern Campus spearheads in reforestation

In cognizance of the local and global need of greenifying the mother earth at any cost, the Southern Campus KDU under.....

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Dr. A.H Lakmal assumes duties as the New Dean- FBESS

Dr. A.H. Lakmal assumed his duties as the new dean of Faculty of Built Environment and Spatial Sciences on 15th.....

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The Southern Campus Initiates an Architecture Research Cell

A pioneering moment occurred on the morning of the 12th November 2020 at the Southern Campus of General Sir John.....

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Annual Volleyball Tournament -2020

Inter-intake Volleyball Tournament of the year 2020 was organized by the Faculty of Defense and Strategic Studies,.....

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Inter-Intake Badminton Tournament -2020

Inter-Intake Badminton Tournament 2020 organized by the Faculty of Defense and Strategic Studies , Southern Campus,.....

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Elle Tournament - 2020

Elle Tournament -2020 of Southern Campus, KDU, was successfully conducted on 26th and 27th of October 2020 at the.....

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‘Padura’, the annual Classical Sinhala Music Program of the Southern campus was held on 22nd October 2020 at the.....

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Rector’s Challenge Trophy – 2020

The annual inter - intake football championship extravaganza organized by the Department of Quantity Surveying of KDU.....

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KDU IRC 2020 – Faculty of Built Environment and Spatial Sciences

Coinciding with the 13th Annual International Research Conference of KDU (KDU IRC 2020), the Faculty of Built.....

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Math Quiz Wizard: The Analytical Mathematics Skills Development Workshop for Southern Campus officers and lecturers

A Math Quiz Wizard; the Analytical Math Skills Development Workshop for the officers, lectures and non-academic staff.....

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Cadet Government, 2020 is Sworn at Southern Campus

Cadet Government, for the year 2020 was sworn on 18 September at the Campus Auditorium. Further, the Officer Cadets.....

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