Swinburne University of Technology and Nawaloka College's first cohort of students recently celebrated their graduation at a ceremony held in Sri Lanka.
46 students successfully completed a UniLink Diploma or a Swinburne Foundation Year in Business or Engineering.
In addition, two graduates earned scholarships to Swinburne, in recognition of their high academic performance.
Swinburne Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson urged those graduating to address the new challenges that face communities and make a positive contribution.
"Swinburne is consistently named as one of the top universities in the world according to the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities and hence, you should take pride in knowing you have a high-quality education from a world-ranked university,” Professor Kristanjanson said.
Acting High Commissioner to Australia, Tim Huggins, said that the establishment of the Nawaloka-Swinburne joint venture in Sri Lanka has brought well regarded international education within reach of Sri Lankan students.
“This collaboration presents NCHS students a progressive pathway of education, completing their foundation and/or diploma and then enhancing their knowledge and skills with a world-class qualification," Mr Huggins said.
Swinburne’s representation at the graduation included Executive Director Pathways and Vocational Education David Coltman, Director Swinburne International Melissa Banks, Manager Regional Relations Lyndon Joseph and Director Business Development and Communication of the Malaysia Campus in Sarawak James Ho.
Swinburne established an exclusive partnership with NCHS, Sri Lanka in 2014. The partnership provides local Sri Lankan students with the opportunity to study Swinburne UniLink and Foundation Year programs in science, engineering and business, and helps facilitate entry into Swinburne in Melbourne or Kuching, Malaysia, or into California State University, Monterey Bay in the USA.