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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.
Science and Engineering Foundation Courses are designed to encourage those without the basic entry qualifications to pursue higher studies in Science and Engineering Technology to achieve such qualifications.
This is a 30-credit study programme. A candidate should acquire the 30 credits within a minimum of 1 year, not necessarily consecutive, provided the student maintains registration throughout.
Diploma in English Language and Literature is a one-year academic programme designed to meet the needs of students who wish to enhance their English language and communication skills.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science conducts Certificate programmes that would enhance the knowledge, skills, and positive work attitude among employees / students in the government and non-government sector.
This programme aims to produce a professional pharmacist with knowledge, favorable attitudes and skills in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to suit the needs of the healthcare sector and in relevant academic and research fields.