Representatives from China’s Qingdao Vocational and Technical College of Hotel Management (QDVTCHM) will visit Adelaide this week in another step toward building a long-term collaborative partnership with TAFE SA.
A feature of the two-day visit will be the unveiling of a sister-campus plaque at Regency Campus commemorating the relationship between TAFE SA and QDVTCHM.
The delegation, led by Mr Diao Hongbin, Vice President of QDVTCHM, will tour TAFE SA’s campuses in Adelaide City, Regency and Tonsley, engage with TAFE SA educators and experience the Australian vocational educational system and culture.
Benefits of the transnational collaboration with the QDVTCHM is the establishment of a stronger platform to commercialise TAFE SA expertise in the hospitality sector, a pipeline of prospective students to undertake study onshore in South Australia and the potential for collaboration in other subject areas.
Another highlight of the visit will be a planning session for the joint Diploma of Hospitality program which was recently approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Delivery of this qualification will commence in September 2019. Students will receive diplomas from both institutes.
The delegation will also meet with QDVTCHM teachers who are currently undertaking professional development training to learn practical teaching methods with TAFE SA hospitality, electrical engineering and finance programs.
TAFE SA Interim Chief Executive Alex Reid said that this relationship in the Chinese VET sector provides 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 our relationship with reputable education providers in China particularly the Qingdao Vocational and Technical College of Hotel Management,” Ms Reid said.
“We are building on the opportunities created from the close collaboration with education providers in Shandong’s vocational education system, against the backdrop of the South Australia-Shandong sister relationship.
“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.”
The sister-campus plaque unveiling ceremony will be held at TAFE SA’s Regency Campus at 11.45 am on Wednesday, 28 November.