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2018 – Things can only get better ?

Monday, January 22 2018

With many of us still recovering from 2017, the Chinese Year of the Dog commencing on 16 February predicts that 2018 will an “eventful year, marked by security concerns and the rise of social conservative movements.”

It is also anticipated that there will be a heighted focus on “dialogue and solidarity”, both admirable traits for our sector as we impart knowledge and skills while supporting our students and clients to attain their career or life objectives.

As for keeping your team informed and aware (shades of being alert but not alarmed) lock in Thursday 22 February for the ACPET 2018 VET Essentials Forum at the Darwin Hilton. Lead presenter will be John Price, guru of all things assessment and compliance, with input from the Department of Trade, Business & Innovation and Study NT. A preliminary program will be released later this week.

ACPET will also be working with NT ISAC and StudyNT on submitting abstracts for presentations at the Developing Northern Australia Conference in Alice Springs on 18 & 19 June. This will be a wonderful opportunity to promote the NT and to forge some new industry and business partnerships for providers. Abstracts close on 5 March.

On the international student front, I was honoured last week to attend the Darwin opening reception for member International House officiated by the Minister for Education, the Hon Eva Lawler MLA. This most impressive CBD campus is well positioned, in every sense of the word, to be a significant contributor to the social and economic fibre of the city as well as promoting the NT as destination of choice for international students. Well done to boss Timothy Eckenfels and welcome to Kevin Birkham and his local IH team.

StudyNT is planning an agent famil in partnership with Study Adelaide post ICEF ANZA (just Google it). This education and training agent/provider gathering will be in Auckland from 4 – 6 April with the agent famil then crossing the ditch to Adelaide from 8 – 10 April and then Darwin from 11 – 14 April. If you want to showcase your institution to an anticipated 10-12 agents just go to the StudyNT web site for more info.

Here’s to a most productive Gong Xi Fa Cai

Michael Hall 
NT Executive Officer 

ihBC Executive Director Tim Eckenfels and Eva Lawler MLA, Minister for Education


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