The roots of Royal Institute go back to 1971 when its founder and current Chairman Mr. G.T. Bandara commenced preparing students for Local A/Levels 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 to provide international education by introducing London O/Level and A/Level courses. Simultaneously computer education was also introduced.
With a view to provide a continuity of education up to 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 which has since been upgraded to a fully fledged International School. In the year 1996 another branch school was established in Maharagama in 2006 followed by starting an International Girls school in Colombo 6 in 2008 in order to accommodate the aspirations of certain parents who wished to educate their daughters in a school exclusively meant for girls. 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 Institute found difficult to cope up, it established Royal Institute of Colombo as the higher education arm of Royal Institute to exclusively conduct the University of London tertiary education programmes.
Royal Institute is therefore, geared to offer a total education package from the Nursery up to degrees of the University of London without an interruption.