The AUC in the Sabaragamuwa province had been attached to the University of Sri Jayawardhanapura in Nugegoda in Colombo.
It was one of the five institutions affiliated with the University of Sri Jayawardhanapura. The affiliated University initially possessed three boards of Study. Travel and Tourism Management, Accounting and Finance, and English are those three. These were called not departments but boards of studies, for they were coordinated by a study coordinator in the respective faculty of the mother University. At the same time, all the programs of studies came under purview of the Senate of the University of Sri Jayawardhanapura. The first student batch of the affiliated University included 225 students. The first academic staff was less than 10, excluding several visiting academic members from outside universities and institutions.
By the end of the year 1993, Sabaragamuwa affiliated University had achieved a reasonable success in respect of many areas. The University admitted the second batch of 166 students on 6th September 1993 from all the ethnic communities in the Island. Now the total student population was 344.Meanwhile, fulfilling one of the founding objectives of regional affiliated universities, the year 1993 witnessed Sabaragamuwa AUC conducting several study programs in Computer awareness, English and Japanese for the community at large. The records to this effect shows that the new wave of education was enthusiastically welcome by the surrounding communities.
For the first time in the AUC history, after two years of function, the university had introduced a department of study for Travel and Tourism Management. A separate Computer centre too had been one of another addition to the list. One more noteworthy incident in 1993 was laying the foundation stone by the then Prime Minister for a new building to house the library.
The increased number of students admitted to the AUC in 1994 points to the gradual upbringing of the institution. The student batch taken in this year for all the programs was 204 in contrast to 166 in 1993. It is also noteworthy that the first batch of students to the University sat for the final semester examination in 1994.
From the very outset, the Sabaragamuwa affiliated University was concerned about the sports and welfare of both students and the staff. The University was lucky to acquire a very sophisticated swimming pool from the previous owner of the building site. This had paved the way for the upliftment of sporting caliber of students. In 1994, the construction of an open air theater was started, completed and named in the honor of renowned dancer Paniibharata. By this time, a play ground also for the University was under construction.
1995 was a crucial era for the Sabaragamuwa affiliated University. By this time, a committee appointed to look into the factor of affiliated Universities in Sri Lanka had recommended Sabaragamuwa affiliated University to be given the national University status. There were a number of requests too on the part of students to that end.
He souvenir issued on the triumphant occasion of the conversion of the AUC into a national University, reports the existing status of the Sabaragamuwa Affiliated University as follows: “In the course of past four years under the affiliated University college system, it was possible to develop such facilities as lecture halls, the Auditorium, Computer and Language Laboratories, Libraries, and Reading Rooms, the Welfare and Medical Centers. Open air Theatre and Herbarium. Of those which were taken over together with the housing Complex, the residences, offices, Gymnasium, Swimming pool, Tennis Courts and a well-planned water scheme have made possible to fulfill as many of the requisites and basic needs of a University.” In terms of this report, Sabaragamuwa Affiliated University by this time had accomplished all the prerequisites for upgrading herself into national university.