Message from the Director

Welcome to the National Center for Advanced Studies (NCAS)!

NCAS has a distinguished tradition of training and research and prides itself in being the nesting ground for qualified and capable individuals in Sri Lankan university system. The excellent support you will receive here will help to transform your lives and prepare you to respond effectively to demands of the academia and the ever-present societal changes.

The scholarly activities with which you will be engaged under the support of NCAS may be quite different from those you have been accustomed to and therefore will require greater focus and discipline on your part. Under the wider disciplinary area of Social Sciences and Humanities, we offer a variety of programmes and training courses to allow for flexibility with career choices. One of our primary responsibilities is to develop a pool of young capable academics and researchers who will be equipped to analyze complex human problems and be capable in solving them. In this regard, NCAS is planning to make a significant contribution to local, regional and international development. This responsibility is even more relevant in the increasingly complex and ever-changing local and global environment.

We in the NCAS are committed to being your best ally during your engagement with us. We do so by providing the type of training, research, academic advice and support services including scholarship programs that will facilitate your training in local or foreign higher education institutions leading towards post-graduate and other qualifications. We, therefore, encourage you to utilize these services to help you to obtain answers to the questions you may have or to overcome difficulties you may encounter as an academic.

We are happy that you have chosen to be with NCAS for this very important leg of your academic journey and we are ready to support you!

Best wishes for all your future endeavors.


Senior Professor Premakumara de Silva (PhD, Edinburgh)
Acting Director/NCAS