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Faculty of Under Graduate Studies

Faculty of Agriculture

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of International Cookery & Hotel Management

Faculty of Information & Communication Technology

Faculty of Professional Studies

Aquinas Institute of Religious Education - Sister Formation

Faculty of Theology

Faculty of Management & Finance

Faculty Of Nursing

Faculty of Linguistics I - Diploma in English

Faculty of Linguistics II

Faculty of Media Education

Student Facilities

History of Aquinas University College

Our Patron Saint – St. Thomas Aquinas

St-Thomas-Aquinas St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274) is one of the great teachers
of the medieval Catholic Church, honoured with the titles,
  • Doctor of the Church
  • Angelic Doctor and
  • Prince of Catholic Theologians
He was born in Aquino, close to the Benedictine Monastery of Monte Casino, in central Italy where he had his early education. Later he was sent for studies to Naples where he was exposed to the writing of the Greek philosopher Aristotle. After his priesthood he was sent for further studies to Cologne and worked under St. Albert the Great, (1200 – 1280). St. Albert was so impressed by Aquinas and urged that Thomas should be sent to Paris in one of the famous universities.

Post ordination and Doctorate in Sacred Theology, he started to teach with such lucidity, accuracy and inspiration that the students were attracted by the thousands – the University of Paris at that time counted 30,000 students. Thus he held two professorships at Paris, lived at the court of Pope Urban IV. He was the principal exponent of Scholastic Philosophy which interpreted Aristotle’s system in the light of Christian Teaching. In his relatively short life of 49 years, he is known to have composed some 60 works. Far surpassing everything else was his unrivalled Summa Theologica, a summary of Christian Philosophy and Theology. The beautiful Office and Mass for Corpus Christi, with its much loved hymns, Tantum Ergo and O Salutaris Hostia, were composed by him on the Pope’s orders.

Thomas Aquinas died while on his way to the Council of Lyons. He was canonized by Pope John XXII on 18th July, 1323, elevated to the dignity of ‘Doctor of the Church’ by Pope Pius V on 11th April, 1567 and in 1918, his name was included in the Code of Canon Law. Among other citations, St. Thomas Aquinas has also been declared the special Patron of all Catholic Universities and Educational Institutions.

We are fortunate to have such an intellectual giant and a holy priest as our Patron Saint. Let this humble and hard-working intellectual be our light and guide to all our lecturers and students. .

The Aquinas University College

Aquinas Millenium Building The Aquinas University College was founded in 1953 by late very Rev. Fr. Peter A. Pillai OMI, Rector of St. Joseph’s College, at its premises in Darley Road, Colombo 10 as an autonomous higher education institute with the approval and the blessings and the inspiration of His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Cooray OMI., 6th Archbishop of Colombo. Aquinas was registered with the Ministry of Education of Ceylon as it was then called, in 1954 as Aquinas University College. In 1955 it was shifted to the present premises at 990 Maradana Road, Colombo 08.

The Aquinas University College is a nonprofit institution administered by the Catholic Church under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Colombo, devoted to education and philanthropic activities. It had contributed much to the development of the nation, by conducting numerous higher educational and professional programmes for the benefit of our youth in Sri Lanka.

Aquinas University College is situated in parkland in Borella, located in the centre of the City of Colombo. The campus provides a very healthy and peaceful environment conducive to educational activities. The presence of students from many diverse backgrounds and nationalities provides a very cosmopolitan community, creating an exposure to numerous cultures as we have students from SAARC countries and various ethnic groups. Thus it is now a national and an international community of scholars, enlivened by Christian inspiration, engaged in the pursuit of truth and knowledge, serving the human society, especially through the creative use of inter-disciplinary approaches.

Aquinas University College is also registered with the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) of Sri Lanka to conduct Professional Courses and Examinations at the Tertiary level. The College is also affiliated to the International Federation of Catholic Universities in Paris and works in close collaboration with Universities and Higher Educational Authorities in USA, Canada, UK and Ireland to conduct courses and examinations in Hospitality and Hotel Management (AHLA and OTHM), City and Guilds, CIM, CMA.

Aquinas University College is now a Degree Awarding Institute, which was approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on 22nd December, 2004 and was gazette by the Hon. Minister of Education on 10th October, 2005.

Aquinas University College offers a wide range of full time and part time certificates, diploma and degree courses. We are proud to say that we have among our past students over 640 London Graduates and a number of local University graduates who have done their external degrees from Aquinas College. Most of the students, who have gone through Aquinas, have left footprints in prestigious national and international professional centers to acclaim highest standards in a vast spectrum in almost all fields.