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Traditional Aboriginal dancers perform a ceremony on Australia Day in Sydney, Australia, on January 26, 2016. © AP
Traditional Aboriginal dancers perform a ceremony on Australia Day in Sydney, Australia, on January 26, 2016. © AP

A University in Australia is aiming to promote Aboriginal culture in the country.

The University of Adelaide has established the National Center for Aboriginal Language and Music Studies (NCALMS) for that purpose.

An aboriginal elder carries burning gum leaves during a smoking ceremony on Australia Day in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2014. © AP

The new department aims to support and preserve Aboriginal cultures, languages and traditions through a range of educational programs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dancers perform at the Welcome to Country ceremony at the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, November 15, 2014. © AP

Authorities say the primary goals are to foster Indigenous excellence through scholarly achievement and student career readiness in these fields.

Aboriginal performers wearing traditional ceremonial costume stand together near the main entrance of Parliament House during an event titled Arms Against Domestic Violence in Canberra, Australia, November 28, 2016. © Reuters

Program officials say ultimately, the purpose of the National Center for Aboriginal Language and Music Studies is to increase the number of Aboriginal students in the higher education sector.