The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) is unique within the national university system in being the only University to offer programmes of study leading to certificate, diploma, degree, postgraduate diploma and postgraduate degree through the Distance Mode. The University was set up by the Government of Sri Lanka under the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978, for the purpose of providing higher educational opportunities to working adults - providing them the road to success, surpassing age, vocation, gender, race, ethnicity and religion.
"Our vision is to be a leader in Open and Distance Learning renowned for excellence, in human resource development and empowerment of people to achieve their potential "
"Our mission is to enhance opportunities for life-long learning of adults through Open and Distance Learning and support excellence in research and scholarship"