KDU has been ranked 2nd in Sri Lanka for Quality of Education in The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings tables, 2022. Also, in terms of the overall ranking, it has been placed 4th in the country and 801 – 1000 globally.
KDU’s ranking in SDG 4 (quality education) reflects KDU’s contribution to improving student facilities by investing in new infrastructure, establishing state-of-the-art laboratories, initiating the establishment of smart classrooms and the provision of distance learning facilities, providing free laptops to students during their early years, and providing free Wi-Fi access, food/accommodation facilities, and a variety of other benefits. Further, it is an acclamation of the KDU’s belief that education is a vital means of overcoming inequalities and its commitment for realizing the same through the introduction of new and innovative programmes of study thereby expanding opportunities for higher education for students throughout the country.
In terms of reducing inequality, KDU has been ranked first in the country and 200+ globally. This demonstrates KDU’s commitment to addressing economic, health-based, and international inequalities through a variety of initiatives, including the provision of a range of scholarships for local students to enroll in its degree programmes, free healthcare for registered students through medical facilities on campus, free healthcare for the general public through its teaching hospital, UHKDU, and the provision of concessionary course fees for international students joining its programmes from regional countries.
The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities in terms of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The most recent edition includes 1,524 universities from 110 countries and regions spread across 18 tables – one for each of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), plus one overall ranking. The rankings show the impact across all 17 SDGs based on a series of more than 100 metrics and over 200 measurements covering universities’ teaching, research, community outreach, and stewardship of their own resources.
KDU first entered THE impact ranking tables in 2022, and its remarkable success exemplifies the university’s dedication and commitment to providing high-quality higher education in Sri Lanka to reach international standards.