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Uva Wellassa University

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”

23 January, 2022
Ven. Sumangala Rathanapala Dhammarakkhitha Thera addressing the gathering at the 10th Graduation Ceremony of the Uva Wellassa University
Ven. Sumangala Rathanapala Dhammarakkhitha Thera addressing the gathering at the 10th Graduation Ceremony of the Uva Wellassa University

Uva Wellassa University (UWU) has begun its journey towards success in its every step with the support of academic non-academic and administrative staff in achieving the excellence.

UWU is an investment of hard-working people of Sri Lanka and now the investment has matured with fruitful results. Cabinet approval was granted to establish the university on October 26, 2004, later with clear supervision, construction commenced on August 2005 with the foundation laying ceremony.

In the Year of academic program establishment in 2006, the UWU had only three faculties and under that five degree programs, 167 students were taken in to academic programs.

At present, four faculties have set their benchmark on outcome-based education, achieving their intended learning out comes measuring the standards of quality education at different levels. They are Animal Science and Export Agriculture, Management, Applied Science and Technological Studies. There are fifteen-degree programs and 1,311 students under those.

No academic institution is free from national responsibilities and commitment to growth. It’s all about people and their quality of work which entrust the organisational commitment and growth. Academic establishments are the key to success of any country and its development.

Well educated human capital would enhance the quality of life as a nation. In this context, human resource management and Human Resource Development are the frameworks for helping employees develop their personal and organisational skills, knowledge, and abilities within the frame of organisation.

In 2010, the academic staff consisted of 14 senior lecturers, 20 lecturers and 54 temporary lecturers / Demonstrators. At 2020, the academic staff consisted of eight professors, 73 Senior lecturers, 80 lecturers and 80 temporary lecturers / Demonstrators.

In 2012, there were 15 permanent administrative staff and four non-academic staff members. End of 2019, there were 24 permanent administrative staff and 152 non-academic staff providing excellent services to the university.

Up to date, around two-thousand students graduated in the UWU. The 10th Graduation Ceremony had nine First Class, 101 Second Class Upper, 142 Second Class Lower, and 302 pass degrees were awarded. Three students were awarded Master of Philosophy Degree.

The research culture of Uva Wellassa University is productive and up to international standards. Development is merely a product of research. Research is a creative and systematic work undertaken to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.

A clear understanding of what an innovation represents is crucial to assess the innovativeness of organisations. Innovativeness can be defined as the capacity of an organisation to produce novelties continuously and is considered to entail important organisational outcomes.

The research intensity of Uva Wellassa University is far ahead of the traditional approaches. This is clear from university research publications. The research culture of the University which started with sixty-nine research papers, has now spread to a very wide range.


Probably the strongest outcomes to measure because, for the most part, they are quantifiable and people care about them.

Within the last ninth graduation years UWU has generated an active workforce. UWU graduates have been recruited by public and private sector organisations. Majority of them hold positions directly relevant to their areas of specialty. A significant portion serves in various capacities where the Bachelor’s degree is the minimum required qualification. Depending on the discipline, the graduate employment range is above 85 percentages.


The 10th Graduation Ceremony of Uva Wellassa University was held on December 9 and 10, 2021 in the University premises. The Chancellor of the UWU, Most Venerable Tripitakacharya Dharma Keerthi Sri Sumangala Rathanapala Dhammarakkhitha Thera awarded degrees to the 557 graduates. The Faculty of Animal Science and Export Agriculture have 2 first-classes and 221 degrees within five-degree programs.

The Faculty of Applied Sciences has 5 first-classes and 216 degrees within four-degree programs. The Faculty of Management has 2 first-classes and 125 degrees within two-degree programs.

For the first time, three persons have received Master of Philosophy (Postgraduates) under the Faculty of Applied Sciences.