About the University Research Council (URC)

History of URC

Recognizing the importance of promoting research among staff of the university, the International Research Centre (InRC) was established at University of Peradeniya in 2012.

The Main activities of the InRC included enhancing global relations, promoting multidisciplinary collaborative research programmes, and facilitating students and staff of the university by providing and coordinating resources, platforms and scholarly exchanges.

This centre has been functioning as the liaising entity for all international exchanges and research activities of the university and has initiated and renewed links and agreements of the university with various institutions throughout the world. Since inception the InRC was headed by a full time director until it was transformed into International Affairs Office (IAO) in 2018.

The main focus of the IAO was to co-ordinate international affairs of the University, therefore, the need of an entity to further research was felt. In order to cater to the need of promoting research activities the university proposed that URC be established. Accordingly, the URC was established in 2020. The URC strives for facilitating research within university of Peradeniya by creating a conducive environment for the university community.

Prof. JB. Ekanayake


(PhD, FIEEE, FIET, FIESL, CEng, BSc) Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Director's Message

I am delighted to offer this message as the Director of the University Research Council. I believe that this role offers an exceptional opportunity to make a lasting difference to the University's pursuit of excellence in research; to develop and implement strategies and policies to deliver quality research outputs, outcomes, and impacts; and lead and support bidding and winning research grants. I believe that our research will support the country's economic, environmental, cultural, and social development and drive us towards one of the world leaders in research. In recent years, the University has grown significantly in achievement and continues to improve our standing in league tables, particularly in the Times Higher Education World University ranking. While recognizing research is an important component for sustaining our place in these league tables, I will work towards enhancing the multidisciplinary research, as I believe it is our strength within the University.