The President has directed the relevant officials to shift the Maritime University of Sri Lanka to Matara in the Southern Province.
The Maritime University is now located at Modara in Colombo 15. Sources said it is to be shifted to Wellamadama area close to Ruhuna University. The Maritime University is desirous of working in close collaboration with the Universities in Iceland, Norway, Canada, New Zealand and Japan for the development of maritime and fisheries studies, according to the University officials. Maritime University of Sri Lanka was established in 1999, by President Rajapaksa, when he was the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, with the objective of producing necessary manpower for the sustainable management and utilization of fisheries and oceanic resources.