In September 2002, the University of Colombo School Of Computing (UCSC) was established by merging the Institute of Computer Technology and the Department of Computer Science both of the University of Colombo, as the first center of higher learning of computing in Sri Lanka. In the year 2003 UCSC admitted 120 students through the University Grants Commission (UGC) for a 3 Year Bachelor of Computer Science and 4 Year Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree programmes. The number of students admitted to these programmes has now increased to 200. In addition to this, UCSC introduced a 3 Year Bachelor of Information & Communication Technology and 4 Year Bachelor of Science in Information & Communication Technology degree programme admitting 80 students through the UGC. This programme was introduced to fill the gap in the industry between business requirements and technical solutions. The Information & Communication Technology degree is now called the Information Systems degree and admits 100 students annually.

UCSC offers three Masters Programmes in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Information Security and also has MPhil and Ph.D. programmes. Computer Science courses are also conducted for all students of the Physical and BioScience streams of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo. The vision of the UCSC is to be a center of international repute in training in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The major goal of the UCSC is to prepare students for careers in Computing as Software Developers, Systems Analysts, Network Administrators, Database Administrators, Web Developers, IT Managers, IT Strategic Planners and IT Policy Makers.

The UCSC is fully equipped with student laboratories, multimedia laboratories, research laboratories, a state of the art digital studio, a campus-wide fiber network, and the entire UCSC building complex fully wired for Internet access. UCSC has a state of the art network-operating center. The six centers of the UCSC bring institute’s expertise to pursue research, service, and outreach on scholarly and social topics by providing training courses, software development and consultancy services in the areas of advanced digital media technologies, digital forensics, e-Learning, etc… The library is well equipped with Books, Journals, CDs and provides Internet access to e-journals and only available for the internal students.

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