New tertiary education model announced

La Trobe University and Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) have today announced a new model for the Victorian tertiary education sector.

La-Trobe-top-and-NMIT-logos_articleLa Trobe Vice Chancellor, Professor John Dewar and NMIT Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Giddy, said both institutions had forged a new partnership to deliver Higher Education through Melbourne Polytechnic.

'Melbourne Polytechnic is an exciting partnership between a major university and a large metropolitan TAFE to open up higher education opportunities to more Victorians while also meeting the needs of industry,' Professor Dewar said.

'We are delighted to be working with our tertiary partner in Melbourne's northern suburbs to help the region grow and prosper.'

'Melbourne Polytechnic will provide highly supportive, vocationally focused degree programs with a particular emphasis on excellence in teaching and learning to meet the needs of students from a diverse range of backgrounds,' Dr Giddy said.

'NMIT is in a great position to work with La Trobe to develop exciting and innovative programs to meet industry needs in areas like equine studies, agriculture and veterinary nursing through Melbourne Polytechnic.'

Programs will focus on applied knowledge and occupational skill development, work integrated learning and employment outcomes in specific industry sectors where there are identified skill shortages.

Melbourne Polytechnic Higher Education programs will be jointly managed by La Trobe and NMIT. Courses will be taught at NMIT campuses across Melbourne.

Currently, all NMIT degrees are approved under the quality requirements of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. All courses under the partnership will be conferred as accredited La Trobe University degrees and will meet the quality requirements of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. They will operate under La Trobe's academic procedures, regulations and standards.

NMIT will also continue to offer its existing suite of degrees and work with La Trobe to progressively introduce these degrees into the partnership.

Both the Commonwealth and Victorian Government has indicated its support for the establishment of the innovative new Higher Education program at Melbourne Polytechnic, which is planned to have the first intake of students at the start of 2014.

NMIT is the largest provider of vocational education in Melbourne's north and currently operates campuses in Collingwood, Heidelberg, Epping, Fairfield, Greensborough, Preston and will add the Prahran campus in 2014. The Institute traces its history back to 1912 and the opening of Collingwood Technical School. NMIT is also one of the largest TAFE providers of Higher Education in Victoria.

NMIT has been involved in Higher Education since 2006 with close to 1,000 students currently enrolled across 26 degrees and associate degrees with a further suite of programs in development.

La Trobe is Victoria's third oldest University. Created in 1967 it has consistently ranked in the world's top 500 universities. It currently has more than 30,000 students including approximately 7,600 international students from over 90 countries.

Updated information about Melbourne Polytechnic can be found here.

Media contact

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