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NMIT industry leaders awarded overseas fellowships

23 Nov 2012

Four NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) staff members will be awarded overseas fellowships at a ceremony next week at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Screen and Media - Collingwood campus

NMIT's Nick Lovett (Program Coordinator, Screen and Media) and Christopher Gospel (Screen and Media educator) have won a joint Fellowship to explore media trends and innovations in China.

“It was very competitive,” admits Lovett who coordinates the Screen and Media program at NMIT's Collingwood campus. “Now we'll have the opportunity to look at Chinese television, which has experienced enormous growth over the last decade.”

During the 12-14 day tour, Lovett and Gospel will establish ties with major television networks and explore new broadcast technologies recently introduced overseas.

Their experiences will directly benefit NMIT staff and students and place NMIT in a market leading position within the Australian television education landscape.

“We'll be able to give NMIT students a sense of the whole picture,” said Lovett, “so that we can be better informed about choices in Australia and appreciate where things are headed worldwide.”

Lovett and Gospel will also establish industry contacts and set up training partnerships with various national Chinese television networks, helping to build an exchange of expertise in technology and training in the television sector.

The Fellowship has the potential to benefit generations of NMIT Screen and Media students to come. “We can see the future when we visit China,” said Lovett.

Electrical and bricklaying - Heidelberg campus

Staff members from two NMIT Heidelberg campus program areas will also receive fellowships including:

• NMIT Computer Systems and Electrotechnology staff member, Robert Wayne, who will tour a number of European countries next year to look at how they administer and deliver electrical apprenticeship training.

• NMIT bricklaying teacher, Craig Clayton, who will visit colleges in the United Kingdom to investigate how they deliver bricklaying training including an e-learning tool which allows trainee bricklayers to explore and simulate construction methodologies and techniques in a digital environment before commencing work with real bricks and mortar.

The Victorian Government's Higher Education and Skills Group (HESG) and the International Specialised Skills (ISS) Institute offered fourteen overseas Fellowships this year to staff in Victorian TAFE Institutes and other education settings.

Each Fellowship offers educators the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills in leading-edge technologies and contemporary practices overseas, while simultaneously building a cultural exchange of mutual benefit to both countries.

The awards ceremony will take place next Thursday 29 November at the Melbourne Town Hall and will be opened by The Right Hon the Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle. Awards will be presented by the Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Richard Bolt, and ISS Founder, Sir James Gobbo AC, CVO.

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