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Newsletter 15 March 2010


Baird Review provides new direction for international education

Greater access to information and more scrupulous regulation is needed to support international students according to the final report of the Baird review into Australia’s international education industry.

The report, Stronger, simpler, smarter ESOS: supporting international students, has been welcomed by TDA, which said it, “laid out a solid framework to overcome major issues that have threatened Australia’s reputation for quality international education”.

Among the recommendations, TDA welcomed the establishment of a single Tuition Protection Service, however it says that as TAFE Institutes represent no risk to international students, they should not have to subsidise the operations of private colleges.

TDA also said the recommendation of tighter industry regulation is well overdue however to be effective, the new arrangements would need to be rigorously enforced.

View the Baird review here. View TDA’s response here.

A media release by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP can be viewed here.

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Formal agreement signed for Chilean Technical Scholarship program

TDA is very pleased to announce the signing of a formal agreement between the Chilean Ministry of Education and TDA for the BECAS Chile Technical Scholarships program.

The agreement sets out the terms and conditions under which TDA will support BECAS Chile in managing Chilean vocational students who are selected to spend up to eighteen months studying in TAFE Institutes.

The program has been launched in Chile, and Australia is one of five countries selected to participate in this program. The website can be viewed here.

TDA would like to thank its participating Institutes and Australian Education International for their support, and to its friends in BECAS Chile who have steered this agreement to its conclusion in the midst of earthquakes, elections and other extenuating circumstances.

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TDA responds to Skills Australia report

Skills Australia’s vision for the creation of a workforce development strategy for the tertiary sector has been applauded by TDA in its response to the Australian Workforce Futures report.

TDA also welcomed the proposed increase in industry partnerships, and shared its concerns about the decline in VET funding over recent years, which was also raised in the Skills Australia report.

To view the entire TDA response click here.

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TDA submission to the General Skilled Migration discussion paper

TDA has submitted a response to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s discussion paper on the General Skilled Migration points test.

The response highlights the importance of recognising the value of VET qualifications and studying in Australia, as well as the need for greater surety in recognising points gained prior to any further changes to the points test and the forthcoming Skilled Occupations List.

The response can be viewed here.

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TDA representatives give an update on new tertiary regulator

Southbank Institute’s Craig Sherrin, and Victoria University’s Dr Anne Jones, are acting as TDA’s representatives on the focus group for the new quality and regulatory arrangements for the higher education sector and have provided an update on progress.

The focus group was formed to provide feedback on the new Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), which according to TDA’s representatives, will be replicated to establish a national VET regulator which will merge with the TEQSA by 2013.

To read the entire report from Anne Jones click here.

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TDA AGM – 28 May

The 2010 TDA Annual General Meeting will be held on 28 May at the Sydney Institute of TAFE, Executive Unit, Rooms 106 and 107, Building A, Mary Ann Street, Ultimo.

TDA is requesting that members notify the Secretariat of their intended attendance at the AGM by 10 May.

Details of the nomination process for membership of the TDA Board, and the relevant nomination form are in the notice available here.  Please note that nominations are required to be submitted to Pam Caven, Acting CEO by 16 April.

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International student commencements decline in January

The number of international VET student commencements slid in January according to figures from Australian Education International, a division of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The year-to-date January 2010 Monthly International Student Data, shows a decline of 12% for VET commencements, however VET still leads other sectors including universities and English language colleges. India and China remain the two largest markets for the VET sector.

For more information click here.

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Online survey to help tweak quality framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Council has launched an online survey to help fine tune the strengthened Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

People who use the AQF or have responsibility for developing, accrediting, delivering or assessing Australian senior secondary, vocational education and training or higher education qualifications are encouraged to take part. Around 700 survey responses are needed.

For more information, or to participate, click here.

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Call for papers – Integrated learning conference

The Australian Collaborative Education Network is calling for submissions for its 2010 National Conference, Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Responding to Challenges, to be held in Perth, 29 September-1 October.

The Conference will focus on the national agenda for inclusion of workplace experiences in tertiary programs, and the recognition of the value of all forms of integrated learning.

Click here for more information.

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International research newsletter available

The Australasian Association for Institutional Research has distributed its March newsletter which outlines the group’s view on recent announcements including Skills Australia’s Australian Workforce Futures report.

To view the newsletter click here.

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Call for papers – urban design and sustainability conference

The International Cities Town Centres & Communities Society is calling for papers for its 11th Conference to be held in Coffs Harbour, 12-15 October.

The Conference will bring together both domestic and international experts to discuss the latest developments in urban design, planning, development, project management and sustainability on an international and domestic basis.

For more on the Conference click here.

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Diary Dates

DATE: 16-17 March 2010
LOCATION: Dockside, Cockle Bay Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Study in Australia VET Showcase
DATE: 26-28 March 2010
LOCATION: Philippines
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2010 Conference

DATE: 8-9 April 2010
LOCATION: Holiday Inn, Surfers Paradise
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Victorian TAFE in the Tertiary Landscape

DATE: 6-7 May 2010
LOCATION: Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2010 National Conference
DATE: 13-14 September 2010
DETAILS: Details will be available soon

Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Responding to Challenges
DATE: 30 September - 1 October 2010
LOCATION: Curtin University of Technology, Perth
DETAILS: Click here for more information


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