TAFE SA links with universities in state-wide collaboration
Friday, 15 July 2011
Vocational education and training students will have improved pathways to higher education through agreements signed with TAFE SA.
The memorandum of understanding was jointly signed by TAFE SA, the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, the University of South Australia and Charles Darwin University.
Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology Chief Executive Raymond Garrand said the five-year agreements would ensure that TAFE SA strengthens its collaboration with universities to facilitate and reinforce study pathways between vocational and higher education for students.
"The new agreements will provide significant opportunities for students to have their training at TAFE SA recognised towards university studies and in many cases obtaining guaranteed entry into university," Mr Garrand said.
"In addition there are over 5,000 students with university qualifications currently studying in TAFE SA and these agreements will further support the collaboration between TAFE SA and universities."
"South Australia needs an increasing number of students with post secondary training and higher level qualifications and strengthened pathways between TAFE SA and universities will be an important way of meeting the skills needs of the economy," Mr Garrand said.
University of Adelaide Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) Professor Pascale Quester said the University of Adelaide is working hard to open up more opportunities for tertiary education.
"We now have over 200 pathways available from TAFE qualifications into our courses - more than five times the number of pathways we had three years ago," Professor Quester said.
"This agreement will help us to develop even more pathways for students with closer collaboration on programs, curriculum and delivery. New partnerships will help to widen access to rural and remote students and increase participation from Indigenous and students with disadvantaged backgrounds."
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