For a group of international teachers, learning has been high on the agenda.
Twenty-three teachers from Jiangsu Agri-animal Husbandry Vocational College and Chengdu Agricultural College in China have spent five weeks studying with TAFE NSW in Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and across the central west.
During their stay the teachers learnt about Australian teaching practices in a number of key areas including assessment, Vocational and Education Training (VET) delivery, intensive English language and Animal Studies.
According to Xia Yuqin who is an English teacher from Jiangsu Agri-animal Husbandry Vocational College, the study tour has provided a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“There are a lot of differences but a lot of similarities between the countries,” Ms Yuqin said. “I particularly enjoyed learning about the modern technology that is used in Australian farming. Australian teachers prepare a lot more carefully for class which is important and something I will do when I return to China.”
Last night the group attended a special graduation ceremony dinner at Dharra Ngurang (Eating Place) Restaurant in Orange. TAFE NSW Managing Director Jon Black was special guest at the dinner and said the visit reflected the standing of TAFE NSW as the most respected skills and training provider in Australia.
“It has been great to showcase what central western NSW has to offer as a visitor and study destination,” Mr Black said.
“It is testament to our strong and growing reputation both within Australia and abroad that TAFE NSW was able to host this study group. It also underscores the huge appeal of the central west to people in China, a major trading partner for NSW across a range of established and emerging industries.”
This is the second time teachers from Jiangsu Agri-Husbandry Vocational College have visited TAFE NSW as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two organisations in 2015.
“This ongoing partnership helps promote TAFE NSW’s industry-leading training delivery methods to countries such as China and continues to deliver mutually beneficial results and life-changing learning opportunities for staff and students at both organisations,” Regional General Manager Kate Baxter said.