TAFE Western has high expectations of a long and prosperous bilateral partnership with China’s Jiangsu Agri-Animal Husbandry Vocational College (JSAHVC) after a number of their delegates expressed a desire to work together during a tour of TAFE’s facilities last week.
TAFE Western International Projects Officer Amber Mastrangeli said JSAHVC delegates toured Vet Science and Agriculture facilities in Dubbo, Orange, Forbes and Jemalong and she believed it was the start of a strong international relationship that would benefit both organisations and their local communities.
“We’re anticipating that Jiangsu will send two different study groups, including staff and students, to TAFE Western in 2016 to enhance their skills and knowledge and gain a ‘real’ Australian cultural experience at our regional colleges,” Mrs Mastrangeli said.
“We anticipate a very long and fruitful relationship with Jiangsu based on mutual cooperation in the fields of skills enhancement, information exchanges and mutually beneficial projects.”
Jiangsu delegates Mr Tang and Mr Duan said during their visit they planned to implement many services and delivery structures learnt during their visit to TAFE Western at their own college in China.
“Mr Tang and Mr Duan were very impressed with our ability to be able to take Animal Science students out into the workplace right throughout their TAFE studies, and the hands-on manner in which our students learn their trade,” Mrs Mastrangeli said.
“They indicated that the facilities, services and delivery structure offered at TAFE Western would bring a greatly enhanced skillset to their faculty and students.
“We are very proud that our highly-experienced staff and flexible delivery options have incited interest with JSAHVC and look forward to a very positive partnership with JSAHVC for many years to come.”
Mrs Mastrangeli paid special tribute to Forbes Shire Council General Manager Brian Steffen for leading the Jiangsu delegates on a tour through the Forbes Jemalong Regional Education Centre, and also thanked Ms Chen, an English teacher at JSAHVC, for her important role as interpreter during the visit which helped break down the language barrier.
TAFE Western Institute Director Kate Baxter said it was exciting to introduce the JSAHVC delegates to TAFE Western’s start-of-the-art facilities and teaching techniques.
“This partnership will provide both JSAHVC and TAFE Western staff and students with a number of international opportunities,” Ms Baxter said.
“I believe by working together we can continue to improve educational delivery both here in Australia and China, and I’m proud it will be TAFE staff and students in Western NSW that will benefit the most.”