Welcome to ECU SL

Welcome to ECU’s Sri Lanka campus

At Edith Cowan University (ECU), our lecturers know that students thrive with the right guidance and attention. We’ve received a five-star rating for teaching quality for the last 17 years from the Good Universities Guide, which is why it’s the perfect learning environment to realise your potential.

ECU’s campus in Colombo is one of the only universities in Sri Lanka where you can obtain an international degree. Whether you choose to study your qualification in Sri Lanka or transition from first-year studies to your second year in Australia, ECU offers a seamless pathway to completing your degree and enjoying a truly global experience.

ECU courses are developed in close consultation with industry to give students both theoretical knowledge and hands-on learning that will enable them to excel in their studies and future careers. Our supportive study environment and industry-relevant teaching ensure that students are fully equipped to solve real-world problems and succeed in life after university.

ACBT & ECC Partnership

ECU Sri Lanka campus offers pathway programs through our partners Edith Cowan College, Perth (ECC) and Australian College of Business and Technology (Pvt) Ltd (ACBT). This includes both Diploma and Foundation programs.

ACBT in Sri Lanka is an institution of Navitas Pty Ltd, and ECC in Australia operates under a joint venture between Navitas Pty Ltd and Edith Cowan University. Navitas Pty Ltd is a world leader in the development and provision of educational services and learning solutions. 

ECC is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to award the diploma courses taught in Sri Lanka. ECC provides the intellectual property for these pathway programs and quality assures them as part of ECC’s licensing arrangement with ECU.

About ECU

Today, ECU has close to 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, with a large international student cohort from 95 different countries around the world.

Our eight schools collectively deliver more than 220 courses across Arts & Humanities, Business & Law, Education, Engineering, Medical & Health Sciences, Nursing & Midwifery, Science and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Courses are offered on our campuses in Western Australia and at ECU Sri Lanka in Colombo. We also offer a comprehensive suite of online study options, and have partnerships with international education institutions to deliver and facilitate ECU courses and programs.

Our History

Established in 1991, ECU was founded when a union of teacher colleges dating back as far as 1902 came together to form Western Australia’s first higher education institution. The university gets its name from Edith Dircksey Cowan OBE, the first woman to be elected to Australian Parliament.

Edith Cowan believed strongly in education as the key to growth and improvement, and tirelessly campaigned for the rights of women, families, and the poorly educated, including raising funds for students to attend university. She was instrumental in getting women in Western Australia the right to vote.

Her passion for social justice and education led to not only her name being taken for the newly formed university, but also to her image being added to the Australian $50 note. To this date, she is the only female with an Australian university named after her.

ECU’s values are closely tied to Cowan’s social contribution, as we pride ourselves on producing highly-skilled and passionate graduates who go on to make a real difference in their communities.