Courses & PROGRAMS

Faculties & divisions

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


Present Rector (2015 – Present)

Rev. Dr. Susith De Silva

Very Rev. Dr. Susith Silva

B.Ph. (Rome), B. Th. (Rome), AMBA (USA),
BA(SL), MA(SL), M.Sc (USA) Psy.D/Ph. d(USA)


7th Rector(2006 - 2015)

Rev. Dr. Placidus De Silva

Very Rev. Dr. Placidus De Silva

Ph. D. (Cantab)
B.Th. (Rome)
B. Sc. (Hons.) Sociology (London)
MA/Dip. in Sociology (Colombo)

2006 – Inaugurated the 1st ever Degree a programme in B.Sc. in Psychology and Counselling and the Diploma programmes, with the able assistance of the Educational Authorities of the National University of Galway, Ireland.

2007 - With an agreement signed with the Rector of Blessed Joseph Vas Deva Dharma Nikethanaya, registered the students of BJVDDN to Aquinas B.A. Degree in Religious Studies in Sinhala Medium.

Internal Degree Programmes approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC)

  • B. A. in Religious Studies
  • B.A. in Humanities (Sinhala & English Media)
  • Degree of Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT)

Other Achievements

2006 – A 3 year Diploma Course in Theological Studies (Tamil Medium)


  • Diploma, Advanced and Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing, Management, Customer and Business Communications, Human Resource Management, Project Management etc. (Faculty of Marketing)
  • Diploma Programme for Catholic Teachers in Private Schools in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Education Office.
  • Diploma in Plantation Management, Animal Husbandry and Landscaping and Horticulture. 
  • Diploma Programme in Hospitality and Hotel Management with American Hospitality and Lodgings Association and London College in Dublin, Ireland.


  • Diploma, Higher and Advanced Diploma Programmes with City and Guilds, UK in Construction Industry (Civil & Quantity Surveying) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Civil & QS), Telecommunication Systems.
  • Certificate course in Italian (Faculty of Linguistics II).


  • Certified Management Accountants (CMA) in Technician, Intermediate and Professional levels, Diploma in Financial Management (Faculty of Business and Financial Management).
  • Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) (UK) Foundation Diploma in Shipping.


  • Certificate Course in German. (Faculty of Linguistics II)
  • OTHM Courses of the Organization for Tourism & Hospitality Management.


  • A 3 year Diploma programme in Nursing in collaboration with Hemas Hospitals Pvt. Ltd.
  • The Faculty of Engineering was shifted to Kotahena Radio Lab, in time to commence the course with June batch. The City & Guilds classes were launched for the first time at Kotahena after refurbishing Fr. Ignatius Perera’s Radio and Electronic Laboratory.


  • Opening of the Wadduwa branch of Aquinas University College, at the Minden Vocational Training Centre in the premises of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Wadduwa to impart English Diploma and Computer Certificate/Diploma courses to the students of the Kalutara Deanery and District.

6th Rector (1989 – 2006)


Very Rev. Fr. W. D. G. Chrispin Leo

Fr. Chrispin expanded the Undergraduate section for external students of Kelaniya, Jayawardenapura and Peradeniya and introduced a morning Diploma Course in English to maximize the use of premises during morning hours. Many new and relevant professional courses were introduced to help young people to find employment in Banking, Management and as Pharmacists & Computer Technicians.

Building programmes such as the Millennium and Jubilee buildings were started in the year 1999 and completed for the Milennium and for the Golden Jubilee of Aquinas University College in 2004 with the generous assistance of the Italian Bishops’ Conference. This was with a view of getting affiliations to foreign universities and catering to many more students.
With the help of the then Archbishops, the most Rev. Dr. Nicholas Marcus Fernando, the Most Rev. Dr. Oswald Gomis and with the assistance of the University Grants Commission of the Ministry of Higher Education, Rev. Fr. Chrispin worked tirelessly to achieve the degree awarding status to Aquinas University College.

5th Rector (1979 – 1989)


Very Rev. Msgr. W. L. A. Don Peter

Ph. D. (London)

In his 2nd term of office he set up the Don Peter Auditorium, added a single storey building for class rooms and extended the Priests’ quarters. Fr. Don Peter was also instrumental in establishing a Computer Centre seeing the need of the day and looking towards the future.

He inaugurated a course in Journalism and also launched a Don Peter fund for employees and Scholarships for students.

4th Rector (1974 – 1979)


Very Rev. Fr. Neville Emmanuel

Fr. Neville allowed several Ecclesiastical Institutions like the Catechetical Institute and the Socio Economic Development Centre (SEDEC) to have their offices at Aquinas University College as there was vacant space available in the College.

However, these institutions were transferred to other places by Rev. Fr. Don Peter during the second spell of his tenure. Due to financial constraints Fr. Neville had to sell part of the properties belonging to Aquinas to meet the day to day expenses.

3rd Rector (1971 – 1974)


Very Rev. Msgr. W. L. A. Don Peter

Ph. D. (London)

In 1973 Fr. Don Peter started the Diploma Course in English which has become very popular to this day. He also inaugurated the Lab Technology Certificate Course affiliated to the Institute of Chemistry.
He sold twenty acres of the Aquinas Farm to the Charismatic Movement of the Archdiocese to raise funds for the development of the college.

2nd Rector (1964 – 1971)


Very Rev. Fr. Tissa Balasuriya OMI

B. A. Economics (Colombo)

Fr. Tissa Balasuriya bridged the old Library Building (former St. Bernard’s Archdiocesan Major Seminary) and the Science Block built by Very Rev. Fr. Peter Pillai OMI by erecting a three storeyed tower building.
In 1965 he liaised with the Major Religious Superiors’ Conference (Sri Lanka) and founded the Sister Formation Programme. Today the congregations appreciate the programme very much as it brings about an aggiornamento to the religious life of young sisters.

In 1966 Fr. Balasuriya established the School of Agriculture and bought the Aquinas Farm land consisting of over 72 acres at Walpola, Ragama for students to carry out Agriculture practical work. During the same year, the Schools of Business and Technology were also inaugurated by him.
For the first time, he published a monthly magazine called the ‘Quest’.

1st & Founder Rector (1954 – 1964)


Very Rev. Fr. Peter A. Pillai OMI

B. Sc. (Hons) Mathematics (Colombo), B. A. (Cantab)
M. A. (Cantab), M. Sc. (London), M. A. (Cambridge)
Ph. D. (Rome), D. D. (Rome)

Fr. Peter A. Pillai commenced Aquinas University College at St. Joseph’s College premises in 1954. He was keen to help the youth who were deprived of opportunities for higher education due to lack of places in the University at that time. London External Examination Courses and Professional programmes were conducted mostly in the evenings.

His dream was to make Aquinas University College an Ideal Private University. In 1955 Aquinas University College was brought to present premises and he put up the present Science Block which housed the best Laboratory in the island. He also bought land at Wanathamulla expecting to start a Medical College. Unfortunately in 1964 due to his untimely death this dream was not realized.