KDU was initially established as the ‘General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy’ by the Parliamentary Act No 68 of 1981 with a primary objective of providing highly qualified graduates for the Tri-services in Sri Lanka. Subsequently, the Academy was elevated to ‘University’ status by the Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy (Amendment) Act, No. 27 of 1988, and was renamed General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) on 11.10.2007. In 2012, KDU has started offering degree programmes for civil students (day scholars) on a fee-levying basis, giving many deserving youths in Sri Lanka the opportunity to pursue university education at the highest quality. KDU is now fully –fledged University with eleven faculties and two campuses. Today KDU offers degree programs for both national and international civil students and police officer students. Degrees awarded by KDU are recognized University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka. KDU is a member of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom) and the International Association of Universities (IAU). KDU is the only defence university in Sri Lanka and has been ranked 14th in the webometrics ranking system, and 2nd in Sri Lanka for Quality Education in Higher Education impact Ranking Tables 2022. In terms of overall ranking KDU has been placed 4th in the country and 801-1000 globally.
About Asian Criminological Society
ACS is a non-profit academic organization established in 2009 in Macau- China, having the main purpose of promoting the development of criminology in Asia to foster and facilitate scholarly scientific and professional collaboration and exchange among ACS members and individuals affiliated with ACS. Since the original conference, twelve annual conferences have been held, respectively, in Chennai (India); Taipei (Taiwan); Seoul (Korea); Mumbai (India); Osaka (Japan); Hong Kong; Beijing (China); Cairns (Australia); Penang (Malaysia); Cebu (The Philippines); Kyoto (Japan) and Gujarat (India) and now the 14th Asian Criminology Conference will be held in Sri Lanka.