TAFE Western will welcome five important delegates from Centurion University in India on December 9 as part of an innovative exchange program that will focus on improving learning outcomes for Indigenous students.
TAFE Western Acting Institute Director Adam Bennett said both organisations shared a vision of providing the most relevant and successful educational training techniques for Indigenous learners, and this exchange will allow for the learning and sharing of crucial information.
“This program will see five representatives from each organisation visit the other for a week to exchange their expertise, showcase their programs and develop best practice models for Indigenous learners,” Mr Bennett said.
“Both our organisations face similar challenges in delivering skills training to Indigenous learners and this exchange initiative is a way of combining our expertise so we both continue to grow and succeed in this critical area of education.
“Staff from Centurion University will be introduced to Australian Aboriginal culture and practice, and when we visit India in January, we will get an insight into the Indigenous culture and ecosystems in tribal areas to understand how Aboriginal culture is integrated into learning and linked with education and employment.”
During their visit to TAFE Western, the Indian delegates will spend time touring facilities in Dubbo, Bourke, Brewarrina and Nyngan, as well as participating in a number of formal workshops and cultural activities.
“We are very excited to be working with Centurion University and believe this project will strengthen our relationship with them, which in turn will provide exciting and innovative opportunities for our Aboriginal students going forward,” Mr Bennett said.
“It’s hoped that this visit will also allow us to plan and prepare for the possible visit of 10 Aboriginal students from TAFE Western to Centurion University in 2017 as part of the Australian Government’s Outbound Mobility Program.”
** TAFE Western and Centurion University – Indigenous Education Exchange Program is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-India Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.