Expanded pathways to higher education

The signing of an extended and more comprehensive articulation agreement between Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE and La Trobe University on Thursday, 21 August heralds a new and expanded set of pathways in higher education for domestic and overseas students.

La Trobe University academics at the Bendigo campus have been working collaboratively with BRIT staff to match relevant course structures to promote movement between both BRIT and the University and vice versa, especially in terms of assisting early school leavers or students with ENTER scores that preclude them from direct entry to university.

The consultative approach between the two organisations means that university students who wish to undertake further learning within the TAFE sector will be able to have their prior learning recognised when they undertake complementary courses at BRIT and that the amount of credit they can expect is clear and transparent to all students.

We are delighted with the excellent outcomes of this latest round of discussions between Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE and La Trobe University, said La Trobe University Dean of Education and Executive Director, Bendigo campus, Professor Lorraine Ling.

This is an example of the Universitys and BRITs strong commitment to access and equity. This new agreement extends the possibilities for students to move between the TAFE and Higher Education sector and evidence indicates that students who take this pathway do well with university courses.

Professor Ling said that the agreement is based on a credit transfer agreement, according to the particular university course being undertaken, and on recognition of prior learning for university students taking up study at BRIT.

The hard work that both La Trobe and BRIT have put into this memorandum highlights the positive and respectful relationship that both institutes have for each other. This relationship and subsequent agreement will be of benefit to the community of students who are looking for an appropriate pathway to further their education, said Chief Executive Officer, BRIT, Dr Louise Harvey.

Disciplines covered by the agreement include education, science, health, business, information technology, arts, public health, nature tourism and hospitality.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Zerin Knight, Media Liaison Officer, Bendigo Campus,

Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161 E z.knight@latrobe.edu.au


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