The University of Ruhuna was established by a Special Presidential Decree on 1st September 1978, as Ruhuna University College, fulfilling a long cherished desire of the people of Southern Sri Lanka. Initially, it constituted with four faculties named Agriculture, Arts, Medicine and Science.
The Faculties of Agriculture and Science were located in the premises of Technical College at Meddawatte, Matara, whereas the Faculty of Arts was located in the premises of Teachers’ Training College at Eliyakanda, Matara. These three faculties were initially affiliated to Universities of Peradeniya, Kelaniya and Colombo respectively. The Faculty of Medicine was affiliated to the University of Colombo and the first batch of students who enrolled for the M.B.B.S. Degree was sent to the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.
The University offers basic degree programmes in their respective disciplines. Depending on the facilities available, M.A. M.B.A. M.Sc. M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degrees are also offered. In addition, Diploma and Certificate Courses are offered in various disciplines. After Peradeniya, which was selected for the beauty of its surrounding, Ruhuna university was the only other campus built with similar ambition. Located in the south of the island, this was the second university complex since the University of Ceylon, to be designed on the same lavish scale and style.
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