Gateway Graduate School and Soul Sounds Academy join hands in a unique initiative
Students interested in music will have a great opportunity in future where they can continue and develop their music while pursing undergraduate studies and obtain a degree from one of the leading Group of Eight (Go8) universities in Australia. This has been made possible by two prestigious organisations in Sri Lanka – Gateway Graduate School and Soul Sounds Academy working together to provide a common first year that can be completed in Sri Lanka.
The first year of the degree that will be delivered in Sri Lanka will consist of Business related modules taught by Gateway and Music related modules imparted by the Souls Sounds Academy. On successful completion of the first year, students will receive an international Diploma in Business and will also qualify to go into the second year of undergraduate studies at the University of Adelaide, whereby they are able to complete a degree in Business and Music. This exclusive opportunity becomes further attractive to parents, as they will incur less expenses on overseas study of their children with the ability to save a year’s tuition and accommodation fees in Australia.
Professor Nancy Cromar, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Adelaide says “The University of Adelaide is delighted to partner with Gateway Graduate School and Soul Sounds Academy to provide exciting new opportunities for outstanding Sri Lankan students to study in Australia. This agreement demonstrates the University’s commitment to welcome students from Sri Lanka as part of the vibrant and growing international student community.” The University of Adelaide is a world-class teaching and research institution that pursue innovation and prepare the leaders of tomorrow. As Australia’s third oldest university, University of Adelaide has a well-established reputation for excellence and progressive thinking, and are proudly ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide. Adelaide that recognises exceptional people as one of their greatest assets has over 110 Rhodes Scholars and 5 Nobel Laureates among its distinguished alumni. Students learn with, and from, international counterparts from over 100 different countries, providing the opportunity to build strong global networks.
Dr. Harsha Alles, Chairman of Gateway says he is thankful to the University of Adelaide for facilitating an initiative of this nature for the first time in Sri Lanka. He says that the common values shared by the Gateway Graduate School and the Soul Sounds Academy have enabled the two institutions to support and encourage students to pursue their passion, in the best possible manner. Gateway Graduate School is the higher education and professional development arm of the Gateway Group. Since its establishment in the year 2008, the institution has been offering internationally accredited qualifications to local and international students. The institution offers its academic and professional programmes through partnerships with world-leading universities and prestigious awarding institutions.
Ms. Soundarie David Rodrigo, the Founder and Music Director of the Souls Sounds Academy considers programmes of this nature to be extremely useful to students who wish to balance their academic work with co-curricular activities. She herself, having had to balance a degree in law while pursuing studies at the Royal College of Music has no doubt in the benefits such a venture would bring to young, bright and talented students. She says, “Gateway Graduate School and Soul Sounds, though different in their course offerings, have taken the courage to join hands to pool their strengths to provide new avenues in higher education”. The Soul Sounds Academy, which was established in the year 2000, has grown in numbers, providing music and theatre education to over 500 students. The Academy was set up with the objective of creating space for young children to excel in music, with opportunities to perform both locally and internationally. The Academy believes in a performance-oriented approach to music, where the child is given guidance and training in active performing, and thereby further enhancing personality growth, with attention to confidence boosting, music appreciation, time management, and team work.