With 11.000 students, the University of Colombo is the biggest public university in Sri Lanka and one of the top 10 in South Asia. With seven faculties it offers an environment for Sri Lankan youth to achieve an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. The roots of this institution trace back to 1870, being the oldest institute of higher education in Sri Lanka. As a university, connected to the University of London, it got its recognition in 1921. Most of the faculties and the library, containing 400,000 items, of which some historic ones, are concentrated around the College House, the oldest part of the university. Several faculties are located outside Colombo. In 1966 the Colombo and Peradeniya (Kandy) branches officially split in two separate units. College House is an architectural beauty and a national heritage building.