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An innovative academic collaboration: Australia and Thailand Vocational Pathway

06 Jun 2016

Bangkok’s Wandee Culinary Technological College (WCC) has launched an academic program as a pathway to earn both a diploma and Bachelor in Hospitality Management in Australia, aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework, in conjunction with Melbourne Polytechnic.

This collaboration, the first of its kind, has resulted from an introduction between the parties which was facilitated by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) in Bangkok.

As a result of the agreement, Thai students will receive a Melbourne Polytechnic Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery upon successful completion of training delivered by an Australian certified trainer in Thailand, backed by the Australian curriculum. Graduates can then choose a pathway for further study to earn Melbourne Polytechnic diplomas and degrees to develop their culinary and hospitality management expertise.

Professor Wandee Na Songkhla, founder and President of WCC, initiated the program as a means to elevate education in commercial cookery and hospitality in Thailand to world standards.

The agreement means that Melbourne Polytechnic is now the preferred training partner for WCC, not only because of their extensive academic program in Hospitality Management, but also because they have been able to successfully develop a professional transnational education program abroad. A key success factor of this collaboration is having a globally recognised and Australian certified trainer, Mr. Murray Twaits (WCC International Program Director) incorporate the requirements of the program into the course curriculum.

Mr. Robert Wood, Melbourne Polytechnic CEO said that “This is the first step in what we are sure will be a fruitful education partnership, providing a quality Australian vocational program as well as a pathway for Thai students to further study at Melbourne Polytechnic.”

It means that local students receive both a Thai certificate and an Australian certificate for their qualification. This Memorandum of Understanding is one of the first genuine Technical and Further Education twinning programs in Thailand in the field of culinary training.

Photo, left to right: Mr Dino Bettiol, Vice President International Development, Melbourne Polytechnic; Mr Robert Wood, CEO, Melbourne Polytechnic; Dr Wichuda Na-Songkhla Sriyaphai, Deputy Director, Wandee Culinary Technological College.

For further details or media queries:

Wandee Culinary Technological College: Media enquiries should be directed to Wandee Culinary Technological College, email: moc.l1477068015iamg@1477068015egell1477068015oceed1477068015naw1477068015, mobile: 669 399 8998

Wandee Culinary Technological College is the first private college offering both Vocational and Diploma certificates specialized in food and nutrition and hospitality management. Its owner has strong reputation and knowledge in its field worldwide.

Melbourne Polytechnic: Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1477068015e.cin1477068015hcety1477068015lopen1477068015ruobl1477068015em@ai1477068015dem1477068015

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.