Students benefit from new TAFE sector deal

Tuesday, 26 September 2006

A new agreement to be signed today between the University of Adelaide and the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) will increase tertiary educational opportunities within the State.

The revised Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations is a strategic approach to working together in order to help students with diverse educational backgrounds take up study at the University of Adelaide.

University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor Professor James McWha said: "The University of Adelaide believes very strongly in creating opportunities to help young Australians reach their full potential, and to help them towards a productive future in the community.

"This agreement will benefit not only individual students, but also the State and the local economy and the University, by diversifying the student intake."

The Memorandum covers co-operative activities including admissions processes, articulation, credit transfer and recognition of prior learning, collaborative curriculum development, resource sharing, strategic planning, marketing, professional development and research.

Professor McWha said efforts to establish collaborative links with the TAFE sector had more than doubled over the past year with a number of new developments initiated in fields such as science, engineering, architecture and languages.

"This new agreement will help us take a more strategic and planned approach to this collaboration," Professor McWha said.

Mr Brian Cunningham, DFEEST Chief Executive, said: "DFEEST, through TAFE SA, is committed to high level skill development and the opportunities presented by TAFE SA working directly with the University of Adelaide."

The Memorandum of Understanding will be signed by Professor McWha and Mr Cunningham at the University of Adelaide at 6pm, Tuesday 26 September 2006.


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