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Our Student Success Story: Ms. Aruni's Journey from Sri Lanka to Singapore and Australia

Updated: Jun 13

"I completed my Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management at Academies Australasia College in Singapore. When I reflect upon these 2 years in my life at AAC Singapore. I'm proud to proclaim that it laid the foundation for the best years of my life ahead. The imperishable guidance and the momentum I got from my tutors were truly remarkable in shaping my future career life.

Moreover, it's with great pleasure and gratitude I reveal that AAC has the best cooperative teaching-learning process I have ever come across in my educational life. The experience I gained from AAC Singapore assisted me in widening my scope to a greater length and helped me to venture into new horizons in my life in many aspects.

Furthermore, I realise that it was one of the best decisions I had ever taken to come here to Academies Australasia Polytechnic (AA Poly), Melbourne which is also from the Academies Australasia Group to enrich my educational experiences."

(Above statement from Aruni on May/2017)


The Beginning: From Sri Lanka to Singapore

Ms. Aruni's academic journey began in her home country of Sri Lanka, where she demonstrated exceptional promise and dedication to her studies. Her hard work and passion for learning set her apart, and she soon realized that to achieve her dreams, she needed to broaden her horizons beyond her homeland.

Seizing the opportunity for a brighter future, Aruni moved to Singapore. This transition was not without its challenges; adjusting to a new culture and education system required immense effort and adaptability. As part of her curriculum, she did her internship at the St. Regis Hotel, in Singapore. Aruni's unwavering commitment to her goals helped her navigate this new chapter with grace and determination.

The Pursuit of Higher Education: AA Poly Australia

Aruni's quest for knowledge, self-improvement, and assistance from AAC paved the way for her easy transition to study at AA Poly in Australia. Here, she found an academic environment that not only nurtured her intellectual growth but also provided her with the support and resources needed to excel.

At AAPoly, Aruni pursued her chosen field of study with vigor, immersing herself in coursework, participating in extracurricular activities, and forming lasting relationships with peers and mentors. Her dedication paid off as she consistently achieved top grades and received recognition for her academic excellence. Aruni completed her Bachelor's in Tourism & Hospitality Management at AA Poly, which equipped her with a strong foundation in the industry and opened doors to numerous professional opportunities.

Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Success

The journey from Sri Lanka to Singapore and finally to Australia was filled with obstacles. Aruni faced cultural adjustments, homesickness, and the pressures of academic life in a foreign country. Yet, through it all, she remained steadfast and resilient. Her ability to overcome these challenges is a testament to her strength and determination. After her graduation, she gained valuable experience working at the Langham, Melbourne, and is currently serving as an Accommodation and Reservations Manager at Zen Luxury Retreats in Darwin, Australia.

Aruni is an accomplished professional with 18 years of diverse experience in the Tourism & Hospitality industry across five different countries. Currently serving as the Accommodation & Reservations Manager at Zen Luxury Retreats in Darwin, Australia since 2021, she has demonstrated exceptional leadership and management skills.

Prior to her current role, Aruni held various positions in prestigious establishments, including four years as an Inhouse Sales Manager at a luxurious 5-star hotel in Melbourne, Australia, where she excelled in driving revenue and exceeding targets. She also gained valuable experience in Banquets and F&B management at the same hotel.

Her international experience includes a year as a Guest Relations Executive at a renowned 5-star hotel in Singapore, followed by a year as a Senior Holidays Consultant in Dubai, UAE. In Qatar, Aruni served as a Senior Tourism Consultant at a leading travel agency for three years, contributing significantly to the company's growth and reputation in the Middle East.

With a strong educational background, Aruni completed her Bachelor of Tourism & Hospitality Management in Australia in 2019, complemented by a Diploma in Tourism & Hospitality Management from Singapore in 2016.

In 2024, in recognition of her outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of hospitality, Aruni was honoured with the prestigious Best Accommodation Manager of 2024 award in the Northern Territory and the Territory Champion of February 2024 award from Tourism Top End. These awards celebrate her exceptional dedication and the significant impact she has made through her hard work and perseverance. Her dedication and expertise have been recognized with prestigious awards, including the title of Best Accommodation Manager of the Year 2024 in NT Australia, awarded by LuxLife Magazine UK, and the Territory Champion of February 2024, bestowed by Tourism Top End, NT Australia.

Aruni brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record of success to every role, consistently delivering exceptional results and exceeding expectations in the dynamic and competitive Tourism & Hospitality industry.

A Source of Inspiration

Ms. Aruni's story is more than just a personal triumph; it is a source of inspiration for students everywhere. Her journey underscores the importance of perseverance, adaptability, and the willingness to embrace new opportunities. Aruni's success is a reminder that with determination and support, we can overcome any obstacle and achieve our dreams.


At AAPoly, we are honored to have been a part of Ms. Aruni's academic journey and are excited to see where her future endeavors will take her. Her story is a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work, resilience, and a passion for learning. Congratulations, Ms. Aruni, on your remarkable accomplishments and best wishes for your future!


We hope Ms. Aruni's story inspires current and prospective students to pursue their goals with confidence and determination. Stay tuned for more success stories from AA Poly, where dreams are nurtured, and futures are built.

To find out more about Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management (DTHM) course, click here to view more details!


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