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History of Computing

University of Colombo

Colombo University Computer Museum is scheduled to be unveiled on the 21st January 2021 in commemoration of 100 years of the establishment of the faculties of science and arts of the UoC. The Computing History Museum at UCSC showcases many facets including the proud history of over 50 years of computing at the University of Colombo, decades of technology evolution and the computing machinery initially used for higher education in the country. The collection will continue in the years to come for future generations to inspire, educate, and as a showcase of its legacy.

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Launch of the University of Colombo Computer Museum

As part of the centennial celebrations of the Faculties of Science and Arts of the University of Colombo and of the University Library, the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) will unveil the ‘University of Colombo Computer Museum’ at its premises, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, along with an online e-museum at This was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo, Senior Professor Chandrika Wijjeyaratne on 21st January 2021, at the UCSC.


History of Computing at the University of Colombo

The computing education, research and development at the University of Colombo is more than 50 years from the formal inception of the university on 21st January 1921. The initiative of computing was started in September 1967 by Vidya Jothi Professor VK Prof Samaranayake at the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo while benefiting students and staff of other faculties, including the faculty of Arts from a course module to degree programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Unveiling of Colombo University Computer Museum in Celebration of 100th Anniversary of University of Colombo

University of Colombo, the nation’s premier state higher educational institution celebrates the 100th anniversary of the establishment of its Faculties of Science and Arts this year. Inaugurated as the University College of Ceylon in 1921, the University of Colombo has pioneered university education in the country becoming a world renowned university and the number one ranked university in Sri Lanka.


50 Years of Computing at the University of Colombo – A Message of Congratulation from Professor Sir Tony Hoare

Hearty congratulations to the University of Colombo School of Computing on the fiftieth anniversary of the delivery of the first lecture to the University on computer programming…

Digital Archive of the Museum