Partnership to create opportunities

Co-operation between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and TAFE Western NSW has been strengthened with the signing of a new agreement.

Representatives of the two educational bodies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last week in Bathurst, to further enhance the collaboration between the two institutions and the opportunities for students in the region.

Newly appointed CSU

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Andrew Vann and TAFE Western Institute director Kate Baxter signed the document on behalf of their institutions.

Professor Ken Dillon, Dean of Studies at CSU, said Dubbo was one of 20 locations on the MoU footprint for both CSU and TAFE Western.

“The MoU sets out how the institutions intend to facilitate and continue their academic collaboration,” he said.

This might include, he said,

providing pathway programs with credit packages for domestic

and international students between TAFE Western and

CSU.

“It could also include holding public lectures and workshops, and undertaking joint projects.”

Professor Dillon explained the new MoU was planned in less than a year because of the strong connections between the NSW institutions.

“Professor Vann, our new

Vice-Chancellor, thought it was a good idea to formalise the close relationship with TAFE Western and actively explore how best to work with each other in the

future.

“This will succeed due to

ongoing community involvement and will cater to all students in Dubbo and its surrounding

areas.”

Ms Baxter said TAFE Western was “privileged” to have very strong educational infrastructure in the Western region of NSW.

“TAFE Western and CSU

have been working together for

a number of years and we look

forward to reinforcing the partnership and working with CSU to drive the implementation of this new MoU,” she said.

She said she would like to see more education and training opportunities available in western NSW.

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