The Jaffna Campus of the University of Sri Lanka was established in 1974 with two Faculties, namely Humanities and Science. Under the University Act No. 16 of 1978, the Jaffna Campus gained the status of an independent University in January 1979 and became the University of Jaffna.
The main campus of the University is located close to one of the Sri Lanka’s well-known cultural city, Jaffna. It has 9 Faculties with 54 Academic Departments, a Campus and several Units and Centres. The University offers various undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the fields of Arts, Agriculture, Medicine, Science, Commerce & Management Studies, Law, Education and Fine Arts. Several extension services, including library services and career guidance, and external degree programmes are offered by the University.
Although the University is marked with a prehistoric tradition of educational competency under the leadership of well known academic expertise, it struggled due to the unsettled conditions prevailed in the region during the past 30 years. Even with limited human and physical resources, the University has been successful in embracing novel and innovative approaches in teaching and research. The University functions with the coordination and cooperation of all sectors, including academic and administrative branches, under the guidance and advice of the University apex bodies such as the Senate and the Council.