Professor Patrick Ratnayake

Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya

Welcome to the center of excellence in the field of Humanities. Faculty of Humanities takes the lead in offering a vast range of unique disciplines, which predominantly reflect the heritage of the University of Kelaniya which possesses a history of over 150 years.

The disciplines are namely, Buddhist Culture, Buddhist Philosophy, Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Literary Criticism, English, Tamil, Western Classical Culture, Christian Culture, Painting, Music, Dancing, Drama and Theatre, Image Arts, Film and Television, Linguistics, Translation Methods and a range of modern languages such as French, German, Russian, Spanish, Korean, Hindi and Japanese. The Department of English Language Teaching (DELT) attached to the Faculty of Humanities enhances the English language skills of the students for professional purposes. The department has also introduced a new degree course, namely Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). The degree subjects of the Faculty of Humanities are structured to provide both practical and theoretical knowledge for the undergraduates to make them specialized in the relevant subject area and the training programs target on preparing the students to be eligible to work as professionals along with appropriate academic qualifications and soft skills.

Research activities are important in our academic curriculum. The international and national research symposiums which are annually organized by the Humanities Faculty provide opportunities for both graduates and undergraduates to explore and solve practical problems related to the disciplines in the field of humanities.

The Faculty of Humanities grants opportunity for the undergraduates to study in the Universities of Asian countries like Russia, China, Japan, Korea and in some other countries of the European Union such as Germany, France, Poland and Portugal under the student exchange programs. It enables the students not only to acquire a thorough knowledge of the subject but also to understand literature, culture and philosophy of the country.

The departments of the Faculty of Humanities are comprised of well experienced academic staff of senior professors and professors who have obtained their PhD qualifications from prestigious local and foreign universities.

I invite you to explore our website in order to obtain more details about the faculty, departments, academic staff members, publications, courses, centers and units, journals and events.

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