Madonna partnership will welcome Sri Lankan students

July 13, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University could soon welcome students from Sri Lanka after partnering with Scholarships for USA, an educational agent in Sri Lanka.

University President Michael Grandillo and members of the enrollment management team met last month with Padmasena Dissanayake (Dissa), president of Scholarships for USA, to discuss recruitment efforts from Sri Lanka to Madonna. He is the first representative from Sri Lanka to visit Madonna.

This is one of a number of new international recruitment partnerships fostered by President Grandillo to increase the reach of Madonna’s brand, and to provide more international students access to Madonna’s high-quality education. While there are Madonna alumni in Sri Lanka who earned their degrees in the United Arab Emirates, any Sri Lankan students that Dissa recruits to Madonna would be the first to study in Livonia.

“This is a great opportunity for Madonna University to share its programs with students from all over the world,” said Mark Schroeder, Madonna University’s director of undergraduate admissions. “We look forward to a future partnership with Scholarships for USA.”

Sri Lanka has a long history of Catholic secondary education due to the high quality of teaching and global recognition. Scholarships for USA will work with the local churches and the Archdiocese of Colombo in Sri Lanka to promote Madonna’s Feliciana and Franciscan Values.

Schroederhas worked with Dissa’s organization for more than 12 years to bring Sri Lankan students to the U.S. Annually, more than 4,000 Sri Lankan students come to the U.S. to study.

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