UON and Hunter TAFE have joined forces in an innovative partnership aimed at enhancing the region’s reputation as a world-class education provider.

Partnership creates pathways for international students

29 August 2014

UON and Hunter TAFE have joined forces in an innovative partnership aimed at enhancing the region's reputation as a world-class education provider.

The region's largest education providers recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will open up pathways for international students to transition from TAFE education to university qualifications. 

As international higher education is a $15 billion-dollar industry to Australia, both UON and Hunter TAFE recognise the importance of collaborating to ensure the Hunter region remains competitive in an increasingly global landscape.

The Diploma to Degree (D2D) pathway program is the first initiative of the MOU, and will expand on the existing 8,000 international student enrolments in the region, by providing greater education opportunities. Students who undertake the program will be able to gain credit from their TAFE studies towards university degrees, and finish training with two qualifications.

University of Newcastle Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Advancement, Winnie Eley, said D2D would reinforce both UON and Hunter TAFE's commitment to equity, excellence and engagement.

"The reputation of both the region and our two educational institutions has grown globally, resulting in greater interest from those abroad who are looking for high quality education with an enjoyable lifestyle," Mrs Eley said.

"This partnership will allow us to accommodate more international students who'll contribute to the region's economy, and to the growing tourism value of Newcastle as a truly international destination."

Hunter TAFE CEO, Phil Cox, said the Hunter's education providers needed to be innovative in order to navigating the challenges of the global marketplace, and highlighted the benefits the MOU would provide the region.

"In the rapidly changing landscape, this partnership will ensure that our region is on the forefront of international higher education," Mr Cox said.

"We are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to deliver the skills outcomes to foster a productive and globally competitive workforce."

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