South West TAFE goes international

LEARNING: Indigenous elder Uncle Locky Eccles South West TAFE CEO Mark Fidge  with the group of teachers from Yangzhou Polytechnic Institute in China. Picture: Rob Gunstone
LEARNING: Indigenous elder Uncle Locky Eccles South West TAFE CEO Mark Fidge with the group of teachers from Yangzhou Polytechnic Institute in China. Picture: Rob Gunstone

THE partnership between South West TAFE and its Chinese sister education facility continues to flourish.

Twelve teachers from Yangzhou Polytechnic Institute in China are in the middle of a 10-day visit to South West TAFE. Teachers from the institute have been coming to Warrnambool for six years, with the numbers more than double from the five that came the first year. 

Head of industry and international business development at South West TAFE John Cook said the teachers are keen to add to their skill set whilst in Warrnambool.

“Their aim is to emulate the connection we have here between TAFE and our business partners,” Mr Cook said.

“They are very keen to grow their vocational education system to the level we have here.”

During the visit, the Chinese delegation will go on site at some of TAFE’s industry partner’s operations. They have also found time to take in the south-west’s iconic wildlife, including a visit to Tower Hill and the whales at Logans Beach.