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Newsletter | 28 May 2012    

In this edition

  • Minister Evans meets with TAFE VIC to talk budget cuts
  • China hosts 3rd World UNESCO TVET Congress – TDA part of Australian Mission
  • TAFE NSW partnerships expand in China
  • Students, have a say about your training – NCVER project
  • 2013 Fulbright Scholarship applications open soon
  • Introducing TDA Conference GALA Dinner Speaker, Chetan Bhagat
  • Australia India Skills Conference
  • International institutional research forum
  • Entries for Australian Training Awards closing soon

Feature story

National Charter for TAFE now available on TDA website



Minister Evans meets with TAFE VIC to talk budget cuts

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, the Hon. Chris Evans, met with Victorian TAFE directors last week to discuss the recent budget cuts.

Minister Evans urged the Victorian Government to “reconsider its decision,” claiming the cuts undermine the recent COAG agreements to improve the quality of the VET system.

Read Minister Evans’ media release here.

According to an article in The Australian, some TAFEs and private colleges are slashing course costs due to the funding cuts.

Read the full article here.

Ballarat University’s TAFE will see its art school struggle to survive, and the South West Institute of TAFE announced significant job cuts over the weekend to staff.

Read the full article in The Age here.

China hosts 3rd World UNESCO TVET Congress – TDA part of Australian Mission

Shanghai has hosted the 3rd World UNESCO TVET Congress, inviting Managing Director of NCVER, Dr. Tom Karmel, to make several presentations on the Australian VET system and engagement with youth.

The incoming Minister Counsellor (Education), Cathryn Hlavka, attended, along with the Head of VET Reform, Peta Furnell, from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE), Canberra. TDA’s Martin Riordan was also invited to be part of the Australian Mission, along with Jenny Lambert from Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and RMIT lecturer, Jose Roberto Guevara.

More than 160 countries were represented, with the UNESCO Congress releasing a communique agreeing that TVET would be elevated to be a critical part of economic and productivity planning and investment.

The Shanghai UNESCO Congress included seven recommendations including how TVET produces improved career pathways, advocating better evidence-based statistics for benchmarking, governance and partnerships, and advocacy itself for TVET.

Following the Congress, TDA and Australian Government representatives visited the Vice President of Shanghai Academy of Educational Sciences and Director of Research Centre for Post-secondary Vocational Education, Professor Ma Shuchao.

Later, the delegation visited the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences, one of the major training institutions for nursing in Shanghai.

To read the UNESCO congress communiqué, click here.

(L to R) Martin Riordan (CEO, TDA), Cathryn Hlavka (Minister Counsellor, Education), Australian Embassy Beijing), Dr Tom Karmel (Managing Director, NCVER), Peta Furnell (Head of Division, VET Reform DIISRTE)

Jian-Wen Xu (Senior Manager, AEI Shanghai), Martin Riordan (CEO, TDA), Peta Furnell, Head of VET Reform Group, DIISRTE), Professor Ma (Head of Shanghai Institute of Vocational and Technical), Zhang Ming (Research Director, Shanghai Institute of Vocational and Technical)

Dr. Tom Karmel, NCVER, presenting to the 3rd UNESCO TVET Congress in Shanghai

TAFE NSW partnerships expand in China

Above: Dr Li Taiwu President of Ningbo City College and Susan Hartigan after signing a joint venture agreement

The Director of TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute, Susan Hartigan, has signed two agreements to further training partnerships with China.

The first agreement enables some of TAFE NSW’s internationally recognised qualifications to be available to students at  the Chengdu Industrial Vocational Technical College.

Following the success of training partnerships with Ningbo City College of Vocational Technology and Ningbo Foreign Affairs School, the Western Sydney Institute signed a second deal with Ningbo City College of Vocational Technology.

The program will offer a three-year post-secondary TAFE vocational education and training program for Year 12 students in Ningbo. 

The signing of this agreement coincided with the first graduation of stuents from the Certificate I in English.

For more information, click here.

Students, have a say about your training – NCVER project

More than 100,000 students nationally will be asked in the coming weeks about their recent experience at a TAFE institute, private training provider, or adult and community education provider.

Students are encouraged to have their say because their feedback helps to further improve the sector for future students.

Managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the survey provides information on vocational education and training (VET) students’ outcomes and satisfaction with their training.

Results from this survey will be available on the NCVER website in late 2012.

Copies of the 2011 survey results are available here

For further information on the survey click here

2013 Fulbright Scholarship applications open soon

Applications for the 2013 Fulbright Scholarships open June 1, offering Australian students an opportunity to undertake research or study in the United States for 3 to 12 months.

The scholarships, valued between AUD$30,000 and $40,000, provide a unique opportunity for Australians to build long-term research and collaboration linkages with US universities.

Applications are open from any field of study including, postgraduates, postdoctoral scholars, professional scholars and senior scholars.

There are a number of new Scholarships for 2013. For further information, please visit the Fulbright website at www.fulbright.com.au.

Applications close 20 August 2012.

Introducing TDA Conference GALA Dinner Speaker, Chetan Bhagat

TDA is delighted that Chetan Bhagat has been confirmed as the guest speaker at this year’s TDA National Conference Gala Dinner.

Chetan is an Indian speaker, columnist and author. Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release, and have been adapted into major Bollywood films.

He writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues.

Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009, to devote his time to writing and make change happen in his country.

His stellar education and diverse professional background make him the ideal person to share his thoughts and experiences on topics such as leadership, passion, values, team building, motivation and achieving goals. 

We are grateful to the following organisations for their joint sponsorship of Chetan: Central Institute of Technology, C.Y.O’Connor Institute, Durack Institute of Technology, Education & Training International (ETI), Great Southern Institute of Technology, Vocational Training Educational Centre (VTEC), Kimberley Training Institute, Pilbara Institute, Polytechnic West & South West Institute of Technology.

Gala dinner tickets are included in the cost of a full conference registration or they can also be purchased separately.

The Gala dinner is being held at Frasers Function Centre, Perth on Thursday 6 September.

If you would like to register as a delegate to the national conference, please click here

If you would like to book a ticket or tickets to the Gala dinner only, please click here

Australia India Skills Conference

The Australia India Skills Conference, hosted by the Australian Government, will be held 10-11 July 2012 at Central Institute in Perth.

This international event brings together key speakers and decision makers for an intensive two-day event.

Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research Minister, the Hon. Chris Evans, is speaking at the conference and CEO of the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC), Mr Dilip Chenoy, is leading a very senior Indian delegation to the conference.

The aim of the conference is to help identify possible TNE VET models for skills collaboration between Australia and India.

For more information, visit the conference website.  

If you’re interested in attending, register here.

International institutional research forum

The Australasian Association for Institutional Research (AAIR) Forum is to be held November 12-14, at the Crowne Plaza in Terrigal, NSW.

AAIR is the peak body for institutional researchers in Australia and New Zealand and aims to benefit, assist and advance research which leads to the improved understanding, planning and operation of tertiary education institutions within Australasia.

Each year AAIR holds a major international forum to bring together experts and professionals to promote the exchange of ideas and developments in the field of institutional research.

First time delegates and those who are new to institutional research will be provided with assistance and guidance through the 2012 Forum.

Delegates are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration in the Forum program. Workshops will complement presentations and Special Interest Group (SIG) sessions.

For more information and to register download the brochure or go to the AAIR Forum Website.

Entries for Australian Training Awards closing soon

Direct entry categories of the Australian Training Awards recognising individuals, training providers, community organisations and businesses for their contribution to skilling Australia close this Thursday.

For further information, entry requirements and award criteria click here.

Diary Dates

Skills for NSW: high quality apprenticeships & traineeships
DATE: 31 May, 2012
LOCATION: SMC Conference Centre, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTAFE 2012 Study Tour to the European Union Date
DATE: 6 June 2012
DETAILS: For more information contact Louise Godwin at louise.godwin@tafensw.edu.au

DATE: 8 June, 2012
LOCATION: Waterview Convention Centre at Bi Centennial Park Homebush
DETAILS: Click here for an invitation. Click here for a registration form.

CISA – Council of International Students Australia
International Student Conference
DATE: 9-11 July, 2012
LOCATION: Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane
DETAILS: For more information see the draft program.

DATE: 10-11 July,2012
LOCATION: The Central Institute, Perth
DETAILS: For more information, visit the conference website

21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’
DATE: 11-13 July 2012
LOCATION: Adelaide
DETAILS: Come celebrate, collaborate and connect at ‘No Frills’

Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ2) – Live Debate
DATE: 11 July 2012
LOCATION: Adelaide Town Hall
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Leadership Development Program for Facilities Management
DATE: 15 - 18 July, 2012
LOCATION: HC Coombs Centre, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Cross Sectoral Partnerships Symposium
DATE: 9 August 2012
LOCATION: Sydney – venue TBA
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 27 August – 2 September
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTAFE 2012 NATIONAL Conference
DATE: 3-5 October 2012
LOCATION: Alice Springs NT, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: More information contact Lyle Mellors at lyle.mellors@cdu.edu.au

DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.