aca-staff_clip_image009The Department of Demography, University of Colombo is dedicated to serve as the sole academic body of Sri Lanka in providing quality education, training and research in Demography and Population Studies paying special attention to the global, regional as well as national population issues. The Department of Demography was established in 1997 as an upgraded form of former Demographic Training and Research Unit (DTRU), which was set up with the assistance of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) in 1973.

We are committed to creating and disseminating theoretical and empirical knowledge related to demography and population studies through research, teaching, and various professional and policy contributions. We offer a number of demographic courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At present, more than 1000 undergraduate students annually follow course modules in Demography. The department has initiated internship programme for the students of final year special degree programme with the intention of developing close contact with the public and private organizations and also to improve students’ skills through employability.

Our graduates grasp the potential needs of population analyses and population projections in a wide range of fields. They learn to gather demographic and socioeconomic data through various sources, to conduct primary surveys and to do data analyses. They learn to apply such data to address a multifaceted range of national and regional level planning and decision making.

We, the academics of the department extend our academic, research and training activities to foster other fields of natural sciences and social sciences. We explore diverse range of population dynamics related issues in our research focusing on multidisciplinary approach. At the national level we engaged in training personnel in the field of population studies, and also provide consultancy services to the government departments, ministries, and national and international organizations. I welcome you, and invite you to share experience and collaborate with us.


Dr. Sunethra Perera
Department of Demography
University of Colombo