TAFE SA strengthens VET links with China

Jul 20, 2018

China 2 - website

Representatives from TAFE SA have travelled to China this week as part of a State Government-led business mission which will strengthen commercial engagements with Chinese vocational education and training providers.

A feature of the week will be the signing of a sister-campus agreement between TAFE SA and the Qingdao Vocational and Technical College of Hotel Management which will be witnessed by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway MP and Vice Governor Ren of Shandong Province.

After the signing, TAFE SA’s Interim Chief Executive, Alex Reid, will travel to the campus to unveil a plaque commemorating the sister-campus relationship, and present certificates of completion to a class of teachers who are undertaking the Australian training and assessment course.

Benefits of the transnational collaboration with the Qingdao Vocational and Technical College of Hotel Management will include a stronger platform to commercialise TAFE SA expertise in the hospitality sector, a pipeline of potential students to undertake study onshore in South Australia and the potential for collaboration in other subject areas.

Another highlight of the week will include a forum with over 20 vocational education providers in Shandong which will focus on the internationalisation of Shandong’s vocational education system and opportunities to collaborate with TAFE SA.

The forum will include an opening address from Minister Ridgway, and a key theme of discussion will focus on current trends and policy direction of international activities in Shandong’s vocational education. 

TAFE SA will showcase successful models for international cooperation at the forum, and the discussion will be an important intelligence gathering opportunity to understand where the commercial projects can be best positioned.

TAFE SA Interim Chief Executive Alex Reid said that these relationships in the Chinese VET sector provide a valuable opportunity to attract more Chinese students to South Australia as well as growing TAFE SA’s transnational education business.

“We are delighted to be strengthening relationships with education providers in China and with the new relationship with Qingdao Vocational and Technical College of Hotel Management,” Ms Reid said.

“We will return to South Australia and build on the opportunities created from the close collaboration with education providers in Shandong’s vocational education system.

“TAFE SA has a strong track record of developing such international partnerships as we deliver our products and services to students from around the world.

“We are continuing to build on the vocational education and training that we already provide to over 1,000 international students from more than 70 countries.”

TAFE SA will also participate in senior government meetings and other commercial meetings to discuss education and training opportunities.