Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Long said La Trobe University has long-standing and close links with regional TAFEs through its large network of country campuses in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton.
As Victoria’s leading regional higher education provider, La Trobe sees great potential for the additional funding to improve outcomes for regional students and communities.
Professor Long said while the University has yet to examine in detail the government’s response to the TAFE Reform Panel’s recommendation, La Trobe was keen to collaborate with TAFE partners across Melbourne and regional Victoria to secure the best outcome for students and its local communities.
She said La Trobe has worked for many years developing innovative pathways for students from TAFE to study a range of university programs.
These enable people with TAFE qualifications in a relevant field to not only gain entry to University courses, but in some instances to also fast-track their degrees.
That work, whilst affected by Victoria’s adjustment to a demand-driven VET system, has nevertheless continued, and Professor Long hopes it can proceed with renewed support.
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