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Chinese automotive students training at SMB Campus

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ELEVEN automotive students from China have arrived to undertake a yearlong automotive course at Federation University Australia.

In a first for the University, the Chinese students will complete an accredited Automotive qualification at the SMB Campus in Ballarat.

“The University is delighted to welcome our new students and we are confident they will enjoy their time at FedUni,” Barry STUDENTS and staff from Federation University Australia’s Ballarat and Gippsland campuses have completed an inspirational hike across Maria Island, Tasmania, with local secondary school students. The four-day camp is part of Anglicare Victoria’s ‘Hike to Higher Education’ program which aims to encourage secondary school students to discover their passions in life and build their academic journey. Year 10 and 11 students from Ararat and Wonthaggi College also participated in the camp along with teachers and other community members.

The Hike to Higher Education program aims to improve school attendance rates, reinforcing the benefits to remaining in school and obtaining a VCE qualification. Wright, Executive Director of FedUni TAFE, said. “During their stay here the students also will also study English, have the opportunity to undertake work placements at some of our local dealerships and participate in the Worldskills regional competitions.” Eight of the students are from Wuyi College in Chongqing, China, which is a vocational college specialising in automotive studies. The other three students are from ChangAn Automotive Company, which is the fourth largest car manufacturer in China. ChangAn has a special partnership with Wuyi College and both are keen to have their students gain international experience and skills in the automotive sector.

“While they are in Ballarat the students will live on our University residences experiencing the Australian student culture,” Mr Wright said.

“We plan to have more delegations visiting us in the future and we are working closely with Wuyi College and ChangAn to develop an internationalised curriculum. “By doing this it is planned that more Chinese automotive students will be able to study here in Ballarat, with us gaining a nationally accredited qualification. “This is a very exciting time for us because it signals the growing internationalisation of vocational training.”