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The heads of TasTAFE and the University of Tasmania yesterday joined the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, at TasTAFE to announce a range of cooperative measures to deliver better educational outcomes in the State.

University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, said the measures include one “front door” for Tasmanians in regional and rural areas, and clearer pathways for students to move between the two.

University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, says: “We believe this approach is critical to the social and economic future of the State.”

Professor Black said: “We need to ensure that students are at the heart of how we operate together, and that we are aligned to the needs of the Tasmanian workforce now and into the future.”

Professor Black said priorities outlined in the letter supported a one-system approach for post school qualifications.

“Our community and economy will flourish if we are producing graduates with the right balance of knowledge, skills and innovation.”

Ms Dodd said: “We need a strong tertiary sector, and TasTAFE and the University of Tasmania both have unique roles to play in improving educational outcomes for Tasmanians,” she said.

“However, we need also to work together to ensure Tasmanians get the education that best suits their needs.”

Shared priorities – to be delivered in the next 12 months – include:

  • Clearer pathways between the two organisations so students can tailor knowledge and skills-based qualifications in ways better suited to both their and the State’s needs.
  • Shared strategies for the delivery of provision education in regional and rural areas that provide one ‘front-door’ for post-school education to increase access to education.
  • Developing complementary courses, working with industry to determine present and future workforce needs.
  • Thinking innovatively about embedding vocational education skill sets in higher education qualifications (or short courses) to meet the current and future skills needs of industry.
  • Exploring co-location opportunities at both organisations as the University progresses campus developments and future TasTAFE Centres of Excellence are developed.
TasTAFE and University work together to improve education opportunities