WA TAFE opens in China

WA’S latest TAFE college has opened its doors — in China.

The Anhui China Australia TAFE College in Hefei, the capital of the Chinese province of Anhui, is jointly managed by Central TAFE, TAFE International WA and the Anhui Academy of Science and Technology.

The first courses offered are intensive English language studies and business.

Minister for Employment and Training Graham Kierath said the project was a pilot study to determine the possibility of further TAFE activity in China.

Tony Gallagher has taken up the vice principal position and his role is to administer the college and plan and coordinate curricula and academic matters.

He replaces Jurgen Pestinger who died of a heart attack late last year while in China working on the project.

Central TAFE and TAFE International WA have provided funding for start up and equipment costs and Central TAFE has agreed to provide teaching materials and texts that meet the international standards for the college.

“As the college develops, Australian teachers, preferably with some knowledge in Mandarin, will be encouraged to teach,” Dr Gallagher said.

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