Guangdong and New South Wales delegations headed by Deputy
Director-General of Education Guangdong Province, Mr Wei Zhonglin
and NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell (4th and 3rd from right) at the launch
in Guangzhou of the TAFE NSW Higher Education programs
Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China: Today, at a corporate luncheon hosted by the NSW Department of Education and Communities International, the Premier of New South Wales, The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP, launched ‘The best of both worlds – TAFE NSW Higher Education Degrees’ to an audience of Chinese Government dignitaries and business clients.
Guangzhou, the third-largest city in China, was an auspicious location as it shares a sister-city relationship with Sydney. The event provided an opportunity for the NSW Premier to reaffirm the importance of New South Wales' relationship with the People's Republic of China, to officially launch TAFE NSW Higher Education Bachelor Degrees and to strengthen education ties between Chinese education institutions with TAFE NSW and NSW Government schools.
"For countries like the People's Republic of China and Australia to be competitive in today's global workplace, our 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," said David Riordan, the TAFE NSW senior representative travelling with the Premier's delegation.
"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. TAFE NSW is a government-owned Higher Education provider with an impeccable reputation and we are very proud that the Premier launched the Bachelor Degree programs in China today.
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," said Mr Riordan.
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 – for example, with the Guangdong Industry Technical College, Guangdong Jidian Polytechnic, Shunde Polytechnic and Shenzen Polytechnic 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 Government schools and over 2,400 Chinese students enrolled in TAFE NSW Institutes in Business, Children's Services, Engineering, Information Technology, Telecommunications and English language courses.
TAFE NSW also has a very good track record for project managing large-scale training events in China. It developed the Workforce Training Master Plan for the highly successful six month-long World Expo 2010 Shanghai event which provided a blueprint for the successful 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.