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 hosts the CVCD Meeting

432nd meeting of Vice-chancellors and Directors (CVCD) was held on 01st of August 2020, which was hosted by the.....

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Vice Chancellor visits the Southern Campus: Foundation Laying Ceremony of Faculty of Computing and Opening of the Bachelor Quarters of Southern Campus

The Vice-Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP.....

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The Vice Chancellor Addresses the students and meets the staff at Southern Campus

During the visit of the Southern Campus on 17th July, the Vice-chancellor addressed a large gathering of Cadets and.....

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MSPs come forward to increase University productivity through Office 365

Covid-19 pandemic has changed the lives of each and everyone in the world. Lifestyle of the people has changed, and.....

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Southern Campus Embarks on a Mega Cultivation Project

Considering the need of the country to be a self-sufficient economy in the post pandemic era, Southern Campus.....

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A Special Workshop on Agriculture at Southern Campus

An expert team led by the Director Agriculture Hambantota District visited the Southern Campus on 28th of May 2020 to.....

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A Special Course on English Communication Skills for Military Officers

The English Language Teaching Unit of KDU Southern Campus started conducting a special course on English.....

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Assumption of duties by fifth Rector-Southern Campus

Brigadier EADP Edirisinghe psc ceremonially assumed the duties as the fifth Rector of Southern Campus KDU on 03rd.....

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Architect Exhibition 2020

For the first time since the inception of the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree programme in 2015, the.....

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Familiarization Visit to Southern Campus

A group of fifty students and four teachers of Jinaraja Boys College, Gampola visited the KDU, Southern Campus on a.....

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Guest Lecture By Professor Paolo Genovese - Tianjin University, China

On the 18th of January, 2020 Professor Paolo Genovese, a renowned and eminent Italian architect and academic, graced.....

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Field Visit to Anuradhapura

The Intake 36 Architecture students participated in a field visit to Anuradhapura and periphery to study the built.....

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Intake 36 Quantity Surveying Undergraduates Visit Matara Water Supply Project

The Quantity Surveying undergraduates of the Intake 36 embarked on their second field visit on 24th October, 2019......

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Southern Campus Becomes 3rd in Leaders Trophy Netball

The “Leaders Trophy – Netball Tournament 2019” organized by the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was.....

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KDU Open Day - 2019

The KDU Open Day was successfully held on 6th October 2019 at the University Premises Ratmalana. The event was.....

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