TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and the Central Institute for Vocational and Technical Education (CIVTE) has come one step closer to establishing an Australia China Centre for Skills Excellence. Both parties has agreed to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday, 11 April 2014 in Shanghai, China.
According to the media release by TDA, the MoU outlines the commitments of TDA and CIVTE in establishing the Centre, whose principal aim will be to enhance the existing China College/TAFE relationships and seek partnership with Chinese and Australian industry to research skills training and innovation in technical and vocational education in China.
The Centre will monitor programs between Chinese tertiary vocational college principals and TAFE institute directors, which are now in their fifth year of operation, and will support the 91 direct institute to institute partnerships, which enroll more than 45,000 China students each year in a dual Chinese and Australian qualification.
The Centre for Skills Excellence will focus on research with strategic industries to identify and address skills shortages, improve the quality of provision, expand the use of technology to support English language acquisition and ensure teaching and assessment practices are aligned to occupational standards.
The Centre will provide regular updates on technical and vocational education developments in both countries, innovative approaches to engaging with industry and strategies for improving the management and administration of tertiary vocational colleges.
The Centre’s activities will be guided by a Governing Council with representation from both the Australian and People’s Republic of China (PRC) Governments.
CIVTE is the national pre-eminent research institute on vocational and technical education in China and a significant amount of their work is directed through the China Ministry of Education. TDA is the peak body representing Australia’s 61 technical and further education (TAFE) institutes across Australia.
Both parties are coordinating centres for UNESCO UNEVOC and TDA is a council member of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics.