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Victoria Powers Up Chinese Education Partnership

01 July 2016

Victoria’s success in providing leading vocational education abroad is on show today with the celebration of a 14 year partnership between one of Victoria’s key vocational providers and China’s peak energy council.

Minister for International Education Steve Herbert said the ceremony in Shanghai today to celebrate the partnership between Chisholm Institute and China Electricity Council was a great example of Victoria’s vocational education sector delivering high-quality education and training overseas.

Formed in 2003, the program gives Chinese students from the power company’s vocational college access to double qualifications and has grown to deliver Victorian expertise to 2,800 students from eight power companies across eight Chinese cities.

The program has given Chinese students the theoretical and practical knowledge they need to become work ready, allowed them to experience a new culture through Victorian teachers who visit China, and provided them with enhanced English-language skills that lead to future employment.

China Electricity Council represents China’s power corporation and institutions across all aspects of the industry from power generation, transmission, distribution, engineering, and construction to research and development.

Mr Herbert is in China to meet with leading universities and government departments to strengthen relationships and highlight the positive impacts Victoria’s education exports are having throughout the country.

International Education is Victoria’s single largest service based export worth $5.6 billion. Victorian vocational education currently makes up 78 per cent of Australia’s vocational education and training delivery in China.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included $32 million to drive continued growth in the international education sector. It will also be used to help implement the International Education Sector Strategy.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for International Education Steve Herbert

“The success and growth of the Chisholm-China Electricity Council partnership show just how valuable the knowledge and skills of Victoria’s vocational education providers like Chisholm are.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to grow our international education sector because we understand the important role the sector plays in keeping the Victorian economy strong and creating jobs.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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