The Rajarata University of Sri Lanka is an emerging university which was joined to the national university system. At present the university comprises of five faculties with over 2500 students and more than 150 academic staff members. The faculties of Social Sciences & Humanities, Management Studies, and Applied Sciences are located at Mihintale premises where the Faculty of Agriculture and the Faculty of Medical and Allied Sciences are established at Puliyankulama and Saliyapura consecutively.
The Rajarata University of Sri Lanka was established on 7th November 1995 by Hon. Richard Patirana, Minister of Education and Higher Education, under the provisions of the Universities Act. No. 16 of 1978 and ceremonially inaugurated by her excellence the President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge on 31st January 1996 . It was established for the purpose of providing, promoting and developing higher education in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities, Management Studies, Agricultural Sciences and Applied Sciences.
The University was the successor to the former Affiliated University Colleges at the Central, North-Western and North-Central Provinces which were amalgamated into the Rajarata University on the recommendations made by a committee appointed by the Hon. Minister of Education and Higher Education in 1995.
In 2006 Faculty of Medical and Allied Sciences was established at Saliyapura.
Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, located in the beautiful surroundings of Mihintale, overlooking the Mihintale Rocks historically associated with the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka . It is just 14 kilometers away from the ancient capital of Anuradhapura, the centre of the world renowned hydraulic civilization.
Rajarata University of Sri Lanka (RUSL) was established on November 07, 1995 vide Gazette Notification No. 896/2 as an affiliated University under the section 21 of the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978 and was ceremonially opened on January 31, 1996. It was subsequently decided to elevate the Rajarata Affiliated University to a National University , amalgamating Polgolla and Puliyankulama Affiliated Universities at Polgolla and Puliyankulama. RUSL has completed its 12 year of operation and the 12th anniversary was celebrated in January/February 2008.