The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) is the premier Open and Distance learning institution in Sri Lanka where students can pursue their studies through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) methodologies.
Established in 1980, under the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978 and OUSL Ordinance No. 1 of 1990, as amended, the OUSL has the same legal and academic status as any other national University in Sri Lanka. According to the Public Administration Circular No. 16/92, dated 13.03.92, issued by the Ministry of Public Administration, Provincial Councils & Home Affairs, the degrees awarded by The Open University of Sri Lanka are treated as equivalent to degrees awarded by any other University under the purview of the University Grants Commission.
Due to the nature of its teaching methodology and infrastructure, the OUSL is able to serve a large student population spread throughout the country. Currently, there are more than 35,000 students studying at the OUSL, who are being served by eight Regional Centers and eighteen Study Centers located around the country. The Central campus and the Colombo Regional Center are situated at Nawala. The other seven Regional Centers are situated in Kandy, Matara, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Kurunegala and Batticaloa.
The academic and the administrative Head of the University is the Vice-Chancellor. The Senate of the University, which is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, is the highest body that makes decisions regarding academic matters. The University has four Faculties: Natural Sciences, Engineering Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences and Education.
The BA in Social Sciences is a 3 year multi-disciplinary degree offered in the English medium. The BA in Social Sciences offers you the opportunity to obtain a multi-disciplinary social science training while also selecting a stream in which you can obtain a special orientation.
Bachelor of Industrial Studies Programme is especially designed and offered by the Faculty of Engineering Technology for those who are engaged in a particular industry or intend to join the industry.
Bachelor of Technology (Engineering) Study Programme is the engineering degree programme offered by the Faculty of Engineering Technology, which is recognized by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL).
In our rapidly changing socio-economic environment, there is a growing demand for trained personnel in management of business and other managerial fields. Conceptually equipped, trained managers are increasingly in demand.
Certificate in Laboratory Technology programme offered at Level 1 provides opportunities for adults without formal educational qualifications to enter the field of laboratory technology and obtain tertiary educational qualifications.