TAFE degree programs in China
Premier Barry O'Farrell has launched TAFE NSW's bachelor degree programs in Guangzhou, China, during a function hosted by the Department of Education and Communities International and attended by Chinese Government dignitaries and business clients.
The event also provided an opportunity for the NSW Premier to reaffirm the importance of NSW's relationship with China and to strengthen education ties between Chinese education institutions with TAFE NSW and NSW Government schools.
David Riordan, the TAFE NSW senior representative travelling with the Premier's delegation, said for countries like China and Australia to be competitive in today's global workplace, their governments need to equip the next generation with transformative education experiences.
"Through the existing strong relationship between our two nations, young people can benefit from the best of both worlds and gain dual qualifications in China or combine this with study in Australia," Mr Riordan said.
"The NSW Department of Education and Communities focuses on quality secondary and tertiary education and training outcomes to ensure its highly-skilled graduates meet the challenges of a global economy.
"We welcome Chinese students to choose from a wide range of undergraduate courses from accounting, child care, 3D art and animation through to information technology network security."
Over the past decade, TAFE NSW has developed strong links with municipal governments and officials through transnational projects across China.
Joint delivery arrangements with local Chinese institutions are well-established in Guangdong Province with a further 21 partnerships in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Hong Kong.
In 2011, many Chinese students chose New South Wales as their preferred study destination with over 2,000 students in NSW public schools and more than 2,400 Chinese students enrolled in TAFE NSW institutes in courses including business, children's services and engineering.
TAFE NSW also has a track record for project managing large-scale training events in China.
It developed the Workforce Training Master Plan for the successful six month-long World Expo 2010 Shanghai event which provided a blueprint for the delivery of training to the workforce of 180,000 paid, volunteer and contractor staff across all Expo events and activities.
Previously, TAFE NSW provided the Workforce Master Training Plan for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Equestrian Events in Hong Kong, described as 'the truly exceptional Games' by International Olympic Committee President, Jacques Roggue.
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Photo: Premier Barry O'Farrell launches TAFE NSW's degree programs in China. (David Riordan is second from left.)