The concluding years of the 1970’s recognized a requirement for the tri-forces to obtain not only military expertise, but an academic education, too. Following this necessity, former Prime Minister, General Sir John Kotelawala, donated 48 acres of his personal estate in Kandawala to the tri-forces in 1980. This grew to be the dawn of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy. The Academy has now matured into a fully-fledged university, consisting of nine faculties, offering both undergraduate and graduate studies.
Several decades into the future, towards this present date, the capacity of Kotelawala Defence University was deemed insufficient to meet the growing demand of students and academics, and inspiration bloomed to broaden this network. Consequently, a corporate plan was developed in 2012 that foresaw a vision to establish campuses in the North and South. Thus, when the opportunity was provided to commence a University Village in Sooriyaweva, KDU accepted the brave challenge of becoming pioneers and establishing a superior quality learner-centered education through academic and professional programmes combined with practical research across many disciplines in the fields of defence and several academic aspects for its students.
The Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies is responsible for the co-ordination of research work related to defence as well for discipline, military training and the administration of officer cadets.
The Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies currently comprises of 43 officer cadets and 56 day scholars of the intake 32. The squadron which is formed with officer cadets as well as day scholars is divided into two troops for command and control. The squadron commander holds the responsibility of the entire squadron while troops are held under the supervision of troop commanders.
The officer cadets are expected to maintain their physical fitness and foster a comradeship in keeping with the service traditions by actively participating in sports . The campus provides facilities and equipment for games such as cricket, volleyball, netball as well as for individual sports like badminton, table tennis ,weight training and cycling. Trained service instructors and coaches provide training to individuals and teams.