TAFE SA strengthens VET links with China

Jun 25, 2020


TAFE SA and the Qingdao Vocational and Technical College of Hotel Management in SA’s sister state - Shandong Province in China – are teaching a joint education program in hospitality.

This joint program has been approved by the Shandong Provincial Education Department and registered with the Chinese Ministry of Education.

The signing of the sister-campus agreement between TAFE SA and the Qingdao Vocational and Technical College of Hotel Management was witnessed by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, and Vice Governor Ren of Shandong Province in July 2018.

The first cohort of 48 Chinese students commenced the program in September 2019. A maximum of 60 Chinese students will be recruited each year to study in this program for three years.

Students who successfully complete both the Chinese and Australian curriculum will be awarded the Chinese tertiary VET qualification and the Australian qualification.  

The Australian qualification for this joint program is the Diploma of Hospitality Management (SIT50416). TAFE SA lecturers will deliver the Australian qualification in Qingdao College in blocks.

Travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic have prompted both colleges to explore online delivery options to ensure the continuity of training through this period.

Students who are awarded the Australian diploma will be able to proceed to the second year of the Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events at TAFE SA, as full fee-paying international students, if they wish to.

Benefits of the transnational collaboration 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.

The relationship provides a valuable opportunity to grow TAFE SA’s transnational education business and attract more Chinese students to South Australia, building on the vocational education and training that TAFE SA already provides to over 1,000 international students from more than 70 countries.