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Chinese teachers say farewell after a successful tour

08 Sep 2009

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) has just farewelled a contingent of visiting teachers from China after a successful study tour.

Twenty teachers from the Beijing Information Technology College, Shandong University of Science and Technology (Jinan campus) and Suzhou Vocational College spent between two and five weeks in Melbourne including a two-week ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students) program delivered by NMIT and an induction to NMIT processes for offshore deliveries.

The Chinese contingent, which included nine teachers of English, teach in courses offered through the joint venture partnership programs delivered by NMIT and the Beijing Information Technology College, Shandong University of Science and Technology and Suzhou Vocational College.

As well as sharpening our guest's English Language skills, the tour sought to provide the Chinese teachers with an understanding of the processes and methodologies common to our VET system, particularly with respect to the delivery of the NMIT diplomas in China.

The program also gave NMIT teaching staff (who regularly travel to China to deliver courses in the joint venture programs) the opportunity to learn more about the learning styles of their Chinese colleagues.

“This was a really brilliant peer to peer exchange,” says the Coordinator of NMIT's Offshore English Program Barbara Smith. “To experience the learning styles of their Chinese counterparts provides a valuable insight for NMIT staff. It helps us to understand the differences we encounter when we go to teach in China.”

The exchange also gave the Chinese teachers the opportunity to meet some of the key NMIT staff involved in NMIT's joint venture partnership programs and served to strengthen the relationship between NMIT and its, Beijing, Shandong and Suzhou joint venture partners.

Established in 1995, NMIT's joint venture program in China includes the delivery of a certificate of English and an NMIT Diploma level qualification. Diploma qualifications are available in variety of disciplines spanning Business, Information Technology, Building, Horticulture, and Hospitality.

During their stay in Melbourne, our Chinese colleagues toured the Preston, Heidelberg and Collingwood campuses as well as NMIT's Yan Yean Farm training centre. They were suitably impressed by many of NMIT's in-house training faculties such as St George's Restaurant, hairdressing salons and agricultural infrastructure. The teachers also took some time out during their stay to visit Sydney, the Yarra Valley wine region, Melbourne Zoo, the Twelve Apostles and to ride on some of Melbourne's famous trams.


For more information on NMIT's offshore programs contact:
Barbara Smith
Coordinator of NMIT's Offshore English Program
Phone: 03 9269 1715 or


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