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Professor E M P Ekanayake assumed duties as the 5th Vice-Chancellor of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka (WUSL) on 25th May 2017. He has over 29 years of service as an academic and over 18 years’ administrative experience in the university system.

Prof. Ekanayake obtained the B.Sc. (Hons.) Degree in Mathematics from the University of Kelaniya in 1986 and thereafter, proceeded to the University of Kyushu, Japan where he obtained the M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees in 1991 and 1994 respectively. He is also a Postgraduate Fellow of the University of Oxford, U.K.

Having entered the university service as an Assistant Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Kelaniya, after obtaining his postgraduate qualifications, Prof. Ekanayake joined the University of Ruhuna as a Senior Lecturer (Grade II) in Mathematics in 1994. In 1996 he joined the Wayamba Campus of the Rajarata University as a Senior Lecturer (Grade II) in Mathematical Sciences. With the establishment of the WUSL in 1996 he continued to serve in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in his capacity as Senior Lecturer (Grade I). From 2015 onwards he is functioning as the Associate Professor.

Prof. Ekanayake is a pioneer of the Wayamba Campus of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and the WUSL. He was involved in the transition and development of the new University in his capacity as an academic as well as an administrator and a Member of the Senate and the Council. He has been elected five times uncontested as the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the WUSL and developed the Faculty of 120 students, 14 staff members, 1 degree programme and 3 Departments of Study into the present status of 526 students, 70 staff members and 10 degree programmes offered by 7 Departments of Study. He was responsible for the development of the infrastructure of the Faculty from makeshift buildings into the modern Faculty complex of today. Under his leadership, the Faculty has been able to maintain the employability rate of the graduates of the Faculty at over 80%.

Professor Ekanayake can also be considered a pioneer in the formation of the Departments of Study and introduction of degree programmes under the Technology Stream which were to be conducted under the Faculty of Applied Sciences in the first instance. He compiled the proposal for establishment of the Faculty of Technology which will absorb the Departments formed under the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

In the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine of the WUSL, credit goes to Prof. Ekanayake in formulation of a comprehensive proposal which was accepted by the University Grants Commission, and today plans are in motion for the construction work of the Faculty.

As Chair or member of a number of Senate and Council Sub-Committees, curriculum revision committees, review panels, boards of study etc. Prof. Ekanayake’s contribution to the development of the WUSL has been immense.

Past Vice-Chancellors:


Period of Service
Acting Period

Prof. VY Kuruwita



Prof. TSG Fonseka



Prof. ANF Perera



Prof. SJBA Jayasekera