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.

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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Southern Campus Marches in Sooriyawewa

Southern Campus, KDU successfully conducted the Campus March – 2020 on 19th September in Sooriyawewa with the.....

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Beach March - 2020

Annual Beach March of the officer Cadets of the KDU, Southern Campus was successfully conducted on 08th September.....

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BArch, Intake 35: Major Design Project

15 students of intake 35, Department of Architecture successfully completed the final assessment of their Major.....

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Guest Lecture by Rear Admiral Sisira Jayakody

The guest lecture on the theme “Professional Development in the Field of military and Academic achievements” was.....

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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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