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La Trobe University and NMIT sign Memorandum of Understanding

10 Dec 2008

La Trobe University and NMIT have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore areas of cooperation with the principal objective of providing better educational opportunities for domestic and international students.

“The goal is for both our institutions to better support students, for NMIT students to undertake higher education studies or for La Trobe students to undertake TAFE studies,” said Vice Chancellor of La Trobe University, Professor Paul Johnson.

“We are developing a shared vision for higher education in the region that neatly fits with NMIT's strategic plans and La Trobe University's Strategic Plan 2008-2012,” said Professor Johnson.

“NMIT and La Trobe are committed to genuine and ongoing collaboration to further develop our campuses in the Northern region of Melbourne and will work together to maximise opportunities for both the region and the institutions. Both institutions are deeply committed to helping to contribute to the sustainable growth of Melbourne's North,” said NMIT CEO Brian MacDonald.

Within the context of these established plans and as part of the MOU, both institutions will to develop strategies to:

Identify and maximise opportunities to advance the strategic objectives of each party
Allow students who have completed or partially completed an Approved NMIT Course, subject to satisfying La Trobe's usual admission requirements, to enter the related La Trobe Course with advanced standing
Allow students who have completed or partially completed an Approved La Trobe Course, subject to satisfying the NMIT's usual admission requirements, to enter the related NMIT Course with credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.
Each institution will assist the other to market the courses and agreed advanced standing arrangements to suitably qualified students by holding briefing sessions on campus; by providing course information for inclusion in course information materials and websites; and by maintaining a link from each institution's website to the others home page or otherwise as agreed separately.
Both parties will assist the other to market courses and advanced standing arrangements to international students at offshore locations including where NMIT external programs act as a pathway to the University.
Both parties will assist each other to market the arrangements to secondary school students in agreed localities.
Further Cooperation

The parties will undertake any other collaborative efforts that both may deem fit from time-to-time including promoting and facilitating demand for study at the institutions (e.g. through articulation pathways, scholarships, international students) and the provision of student support (including accommodation, scholarships, work-experience, employment etc).

Mark Pearce
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Jude Whelan,
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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.