London Met academics attend graduation ceremonies of Sri Lankan partner institution

Hazel Messenger, Paul Bullock and Bal Virdee visited ESoft, Sri Lanka to celebrate the graduations of over 800 students.

Date: 19 October 2022

Academic Liaison Tutors from London Met’s Guildhall School of Business and Law, Dr Hazel Messenger and Paul Bullock, and the School of Computing and Digital Media, Professor Bal Virdee visited the University’s partner institution, Esoft, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

ESoft in Sri Lanka is the largest higher education provider on the island, and has been a valued partner of the University since 2013. 

The tutors went to work with colleagues and students, to contribute to the inauguration events for the new academic year, and to attend graduations held in the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.

The graduation events celebrated the achievements of over 800 London Met students from GSBL and SCDM, incorporating elements of Sri Lankan culture and spirituality, as well as the celebration of academic success.

The academic procession was escorted into the hall by traditional Sri Lankan dancers, before pausing at the base of the stage to light the wicks of the oil lamp which represents the light of wisdom. Following this, the formal awarding of degrees took place.

Dr Hazel Messenger and Professor Bal Virdee addressed the graduands and their families and friends on behalf of London Met. With several thousand London Met graduates from ESoft now living and working in Sri Lanka, the University is proud to be involved in this partnership that contributes to the potential of the island. 

The Academic Liaison Tutors were also able to visit a new, contemporary learning space that ESoft has opened on the 10th floor of the Shangri-la building, opposite Galle Face Green. With views overlooking the Indian Ocean in one direction and the new Lotus Tower in the other, Campus One will offer an inspirational space for ESoft students to develop their studies.

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