The University of Sri Jayewardenepura (formally the Vidyodaya Pirivena of Ceylon) was established in 1s January 1959.

However it has a proud history that goes back to 1873, as it was established as the successor to the Vidyodaya Pirivena, a great seat of learning devoted for oriental languages and Buddhist studies.

Now, after fifty-one years of establishment the university if Sri Jayewardenepura has grown and blossomed in to one of the leading universities with five faculties and a student population exceeding ten thousand.

While maintaining its excellence in oriental languages and Buddhist studies, the interest of the university has been extended to more modern areas such as, applied sciences, management and medical sciences, responding to the requirements of a developing country.

As well providing an environment to enhance professional skills the university allows to improve the co-curricular skills and capabilities of students.






  • The cultural centre of the university was established on the 26th of December 2000, under the cultural affairs ministry as the 56th centre in the country.
  • It conducts music classes for guitar, piano and dancing classes in the styles of up country, low country & Bharatha Natyam.
  • It also carries out a Tamil course, a Sinhala course and Astrology classes which could be attended by any student of the university.
  • Its open between 9 am - 5 pm.
  • The cultural centre also helps in organizing events.
  • Dr. Praneeth Abeysundara of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is the Coordinator of the Cultural Centre.

The university which stretches over a vast area promises students a peaceful and stress-free environment outside the lecture halls.


Budu Medura Cultural Centre
Open Theatre Summer Hut






The medical undergraduates take part in many other activities.

  • The annual "Talents" show is a blend of eastern and western cultures, where students display their talents in music, dance and drama.
  • The Nature and Photographic Club organizes regular excursions and hold photography exhibitions.


All such social activities are organized entirely by students and it is encouraging to observe their organizational abilities, leadership, talents and the spirit of team work, displayed in conducting such events.

  • A newsletter 'Focal point' is written and published by medical students with articles ranging form recent medical innovations, cutting edge research, poetry and other interesting topics.
  • Medical students undertake a community project during their first year and this tradition has continued since 1997 up to date.


Students organize fund raising projects in order to raise money.



Annual Blood Donation Campaign


This is organized by the most junior batch of the faculty with the guidance of the student's union. The donated blood is given to the blood bank of the National Cancer Institute, Maharagama.