An event designed specifically for the Chinese Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector will be held in Adelaide this week, with guests learning about the local VET sector and taking in the sights and experiences that South Australia has to offer.
The inaugural 2017 China-Australia VET Forum has been organised by TAFE SA, in collaboration with the South Australian Government’s Department of State Development, and will run over a three day period, from Thursday 7 September to Saturday 9 September.
More than 50 guests from China, including representatives from vocational colleges and members of education departments, will attend the Forum as part of a wider delegation who are in South Australia over the coming days.
The Forum will also run alongside the annual TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) Convention at the Hilton Adelaide, and some sessions from the two events will be brought together.
Delegates will also visit some of TAFE SA’s state-of-the-art facilities, while attending local cultural and tourist attractions.
Along with the group’s trips to the Barossa Valley and local wildlife parks, delegates will have lunch at Regency Campus where local cookery students will prepare the meals and hospitality students will provide the service to guests.
TAFE SA Chief Executive, Robin Murt, said the Forum will provide the Chinese visitors with a thorough understanding of the Australian VET sector.
“This China-Australia VET Forum is the biggest ever of its type here in SA, and it will provide a valuable opportunity to showcase our VET sector and also provide a taste of what our state has to offer,” Mr Murt said.
“We have some senior education officials from China in attendance and we hope to build on many strong relationships that already exist with many Chinese VET providers.
“Whether it be equipping Chinese lecturers with skills from our VET sector or collaborating on course content and education pathways, these partnerships are great for students, they are great for the qualifications that we deliver and they are great for increasing the profile of our state.”