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NT International College of Advanced Education and South Korean University sign landmark study and work placement agreement

Monday, October 8 2012

ACPET NT member, International College of Advanced Education (ICAE), has just signed a landmark agreement with Ansan University in South Korea, in which Ansan graduate students will be based in Darwin for training and job placement.

The Darwin-based ICAE, International Provider of the Year finalist in the 2012 ACPET Awards for Excellence, will train final year Ansan University hospitality students for up to four months to enhance their English language skills, and auspice the students’ work placements in local businesses.

Under the agreement, the South Korean students will work as chefs, waiters and food and beverage attendants under a working holiday visa arrangement.

A first contingent of about 20 students will arrive in Darwin in January. The program has potential to expand to 100 places.

The agreement highlights the NT’s considerable potential as a regional education hub, as well as the advantages for businesses, with the shared benefits of students’ developing language and job skills and the NT hospitality sector’s benefiting from skilled staff.

The agreement also provides a platform for further tertiary study exchange and cooperation opportunities, between Australia and South Korea and elsewhere across East Asia.

It also allows Darwin to flex and expand Australia’s educational and business credentials in the Asia-Pacific region.

NT Chief Minister Terry Mills has met with ICAE principal Bryan Chapman and Ansan University Professor Seung-Jo Jeong to discuss the initiative and congratulate the two institutions on the agreement, saying that “I applaud innovative schemes like this that showcase the Territory to the region.

ACPET congratulates ICAE for its groundbreaking achievement and for its tremendous collaborative work in establishing the international agreement between the two institutions.


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