Director’s Message

Senior Prof. Vajira P. Bulugahapitiya
B.Sc (Ruhuna, SL), PhD ( Fribourg, Switzerland)

Director’s Messsage

Welcome to the Distance & Continuing Education Unit of University of Ruhuna. With understanding of the national requirement of expanding higher educational opportunities to the desired community in Sri Lanka, University of Ruhuna established the Distance and Continuing Education Unit (DCEU) in 2012, transferring the formerly established External Examination Unit (EEU) of the University in 1997. The DCEU has provided the opportunities of acquiring qualifications of Degrees, Diploma and Certificates programs in various disciplines and fields in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) modes. The ODL modes gives the access to the higher education, avoiding the barriers like ‘age, time, place ‘, recognition of prior learning, giving flexibility of learning and at affordable cost.

Currently DCEU conducts Bachelor of Art degree program with the collaboration of Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences of the University. Since the inception, DCEU has been steadily growing and over 8,000 graduates have been produced across the country. The curricular of the Bachelor of Art has been upgraded recently with the up to date subject material and incorporating skill development components with novel teaching learning methods. In addition, it is structured as the semester base with credit system aligned with SLQF 05

DCEU also conducts a number of Certificate and Diploma programs in collaboration with a many faculties of the University. These programs include; Certificates & Diploma in English Language, Diploma in Human Resource Management, Diploma in Psychological Counseling, Diploma in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management and Certificate, Diploma in Scientific Tea Manufacturing and Quality Management, Diploma in Marketing Management etc. These courses help to get competencies in required fields, improve your skills and ultimately facilitate the life-long learning. Moreover, students under DCEU have provided many services and facilities to be engaged in active learning. These includes online access to teaching / learning, LMS access, Library access, various modes of communication, MIS for all students, Web-faced information, learning material and blended teaching methods with high number of direct contact hours etc. DCEU has established Grievances Committee enabling the students to get their problems/ grievances addressed without delay and also Internal Quality Assurance Unit to maintain quality culture / good practices and to involve in continuous enhancement of the quality pertaining to all the activities of DCEU.

I kindly invite you to visit our website to explore the opportunities made available to you to obtain a recognized qualification from an internationally renowned state university at a minimum cost. I hope that all of you who have been already engaged with the program in DCEU of University of Ruhuna will be able to get your expectation fulfilled becoming a qualification holder of globally recognized.

Best wishes,

Professor Vajira P. Bulugahapitiya
(Senior Professor in Chemistry)
Distance & Continuing Education Unit
University of Ruhuna