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Education leads the pack on the Chief Ministers NT Trade delegation to China

Monday, November 14 2016

As we witness some global shifts in international relations with a soon to be newly positions USA, it is appropriate that wefurther build on our close relationship with China, our largest trading partner.

We are the closest capital city in Australia to Asia and sit on the Maritime Silk Road.  International education and attendant international students is a fledging industry here, but when you consider that there are over 650 000 international students in Australia and only 1500 of these are in the NT, it is obvious that there are opportunities to be had. A number of ACPET membersparticiopated on this delegation, including locals Jo Fox of Fox Education and BCA’s Kirsty Neaylon.

An MoU with a Chinese VET provider, exploring partnership models with a VET department’s 76 providers and significant networking opportunities with China’s key education agents are just some of the outcomes from this significant delegation to China.

The Hon Michael Gunner MLA led the delegation to the Rizhao/Northern Territory Economic Cooperation Forum accompanied by an addiotnal 96 NT businee people.  The 12 member education stream met with VET, higher education, English language and school providers as well as Chinese Education Department officials in Qingdao and Rizhao. Kirsty Neaylon, Training Manager, Northern Australia with BCA National Training Group, signed an MoU with Shandong Foreign Languages Vocational College and other providers signed exchange agreements. Kirsty said, “Being part of the StudyNT-led education stream opened lots of doors with Chinese providers, agents and the Chinese government. And networking with the Northern Territory delegates and Chief Minister will certainly assist BCA National Training Group.”

It was also heartning to note that intenational student VET numbers are up 27% this year, accordning to August 2016 AEI statistics..good to see but a long way to go to be on parity with our southern counterparts. 



Jo Fox, Fox ED and Consulatncy, with NT Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner MLA, Amy Zhang, 2016 Study NT Ambassador, Fernando Passarelli, International House Darwin, Rachael Shanahan Director, Study NT and Kirsty Neaylon, BCA National TRaining Group



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