In 1974, University of Jaffna was first established as the sixth campus of University of Sri Lanka, and the campus became an independent and autonomous University bearing the name University of Jaffna on January 01, 1979. From a small beginning in the thirty ac re campus of the then Parameswara College premises founded by the veteran philanthropist, Sir Ponnampalam Ramanathan, The University has grown enormously and is today the home of eight faculties, including Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Technology, with fifty seven academic departments, and a Campus at Vavuniya, about 130 Km from Jaffna having two more Faculties. Departments and Centres are scheduled for development and will, in time, further open the University’s door to the public and increase its role, responsibilities and commitments to t he region around it.
The student population of the university is about seven thousand. This includes about six thousand two hundred internal students in the main campus, about five hundred postgraduate students and about three hundred and fifty of the Vavuniya campus. Although some students are housed in a few halls of residence, majority of the students find their own non-University accommodation.
From January 1, 2017, Bergen University College, Sogn og Fjordane University College and Stord / Haugesund University College have merged to form Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. With about 16,000 students, the new institution is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. The new institution offers a broad range of academic programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. levels.
The University of Bergen is a young, modern university. Most of its premises are concentrated in the heart of the city of Bergen. There are about 14,500 students enrolled, and 3,200 faculty and staff. The University’s academic landscape is characterised by its great variety and breadth. Six faculties cover most of the traditional university disciplines. Within the faculties there are 60 different specialized departments, centres and institutes.
Coimbatore Institute of Technology was established in the year 1956 and is one of the most reputed and prestigious educational institution in South India since 1956. The Institute backed by world class research and development attained autonomous status in 1987 and is affiliated to the Anna University. The Institute has the services of competent and qualified faculty, and visionary management to enhance the quality of education at all levels and maintain its position in emerging globalization. There are 7 undergraduate programmes and 11 post graduate programmes in engineering and 10 research programmes in different disciplines of science and engineering leading to Ph.D. degree. The Institute functions in collaboration with reputed Colleges and Universities abroad in cutting edge technologies. Experts are invited from various countries to the Institute for interaction and exchange of expertise. National and International conferences, symposia, workshops indifferent fields of science, engineering and technology are being organized regularly to update and keep in step with the rapid growth of science and technology.
The University of Peradeniya is the heir to a sixty year old University tradition which commenced with the inception of the University of Ceylon, the first institution of its kind established in Colombo on 1 July 1942. It moved to the banks of Mahaweli River, the longest in the Country, in 1952. However the history of its evolution as the oldest and the largest University in the country pass through the following stages.
- 1942 to 1952 University of Ceylon
- 1952 to 1972 University of Ceylon Peradeniya
- 1972 to 1978 Peradeniya Campus, University of Sri Lanka
- Since 1978 University of Peradeniya
UiA has 6 faculties with 20 departments and a Teacher Education Unit. It has also 16 research centres. UiA has 13,000 students and 1,400 faculty and staff members. It is one of the most modern universities in Norway, and it is still growing and consolidating its position for its high quality research and study programmes both on the national and international level. It sends annually around 400 exchange students to different countries and receive more than 300 incoming exchange students.
UiA seeks to be an open and inclusive university that is characterized by a culture of cooperation and aims to be on the cutting edge of innovation, education and research.