The roots of Royal Institute go back to 1971 when its founder and current Chairman, Mr. G.T. Bandara, commenced preparing students for Local Advanced level examinations and BSc degrees (External) of the University of Peradeniya in Physical and Biological Sciences.
With the tremendous success of the programme, Royal Institute International School of Higher Education was established in 1982 as a private limited liability company providing international education. London O-Level and A-Level courses were introduced. Simultaneously, computer education was also introduced.
With a view to provide a continuity of education up to the tertiary level, after negotiating with the University of London, the Institute commenced preparing students for the internationally reputed degrees of the University of London in 1990.
As a part of the general development plan to expand activities further, a branch school was established in Nugegoda in 1993 to provide primary education. This branch has since been upgraded to a fully-fledged international school teaching up to Advanced Level. In 2006, another branch school was established in Maharagama, followed by the girls’ school at Maya Avenue, Colombo 6 in 2008. From 1989 onwards, the institute has been offering a wide range of English Language courses under its Extension Courses programme.
In view of the exponential demand for University of London degree and diploma courses, which the institution found difficult to cope up with, Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC) was established. RIC is the higher education arm of Royal Institute that exclusively conducts the University of London tertiary education programmes. More recently, RIC became affiliated with Deakin University, Australia through which it provides degree programmes in Engineering, Biomedical Science and Environmental Studies.
Royal Institute is therefore geared towards offering a comprehensive education platform from Nursery up to the degree level.