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NMIT wins Excellence in International Education Award

11 Sep 2014

The Victorian government has recognised NMIT’s high quality international education programs with the 2014 award for Excellence in International Education – TAFE. This award is presented to a Victorian TAFE provider that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of the delivery of a TAFE experience to international students.

“It’s a testament to our commitment to providing a high quality outcome for our students,” said Dino Bettiol, NMIT Executive Director, International. “We consider this a great honour in light of the strong competition in Victoria’s highly regarded international education sector.” 

Mr Bettiol believes the award is recognition of the maturity of the NMIT International program, which has operated for nearly twenty years.

“It’s very much a partnership of NMIT students and staff with our partner institutions in Australia and other countries, including staff and student exchange.” 

Two of NMIT’s international students were also award finalists for 2014.  Ms Withitaporn Sangprakong from Thailand was shortlisted for the International Student of the Year – Higher Education, and Ms Yuliana Sari from Indonesia was a finalist in International Student of the Year – Vocational Education and Training (VET).

The Victorian International Education Awards are an initiative of the Victorian Government to support the international education sector, promote best practice, and recognise the broad benefits that international education brings to the Victorian community.  The Awards also acknowledge and showcase the quality and strength of Victorian international education to a global audience.

NMIT has a long-standing reputation among International Education agencies as a destination that delivers high quality programs and support to international students studying in Australia.

In 2013 NMIT had approximately 950 individual international students in Victoria studying across 97 courses. Virtually all international students and local students are integrated in the same classes. In 2014 NMIT has students from around 70 nationalities.

NMIT lecturers have a strong commitment to welcoming students to approach teaching staff outside of class to ask questions. Students place high value on this access – made possible by NMIT’s commitment to smaller class sizes.

International students studying at NMIT benefit from seamless articulation arrangements from NMIT’s wide range of VET programs into our growing range of Higher Education courses.

NMIT Higher Education have researched the benefits of studying VET courses prior to entering a degree and have ascertained that these students are at a significant advantage and usually achieve higher grades in the bachelor level program.

Offshore delivery continues to be a particular strength of NMIT International activity, as we enter our 20th year of transnational programs. NMIT is the largest Australian provider of vocational education in the transnational sphere, with over 18,000 offshore enrolments through 25 educational partnerships across Asia in 2013. NMIT has recently gained registration for two degree programs to be offered in Hong Kong – no mean achievement in one of the toughest regulatory regimes in the world.

NMIT also offers extensive English language training to Australian residents and international students, in Melbourne and overseas.

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Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE trades as NMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic across six campuses and six specialist training centres throughout Melbourne’s north and south east plus a regional campus at Ararat. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.