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Pacific TAFE CEO presents at World Congress of Colleges & Polytechnics

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The Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hasmukh Lal presenting during the World Congress on Colleges and Polytechnics in Melbourne, Australia.

Around 800 delegates from colleges and polytechnics from around the world and experts in professional and vocational education and training attended the World Congress of Colleges and Polytechnics held in Melbourne Australia, early in October.

Hosted by the TAFE Directors Australia, the Congress reconnoitered new challenges in vocational and professional education and training arising from advances in technologies and automation and the impact on work, societies and peoples who may be displaced due to changing economic and global circumstances.

The University of the South Pacific (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hasmukh Lal was also part of the delegation and presented on transforming lives of Pacific Islanders through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Mr. Lal’s participation was funded by the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC 3).

In his opening remarks, Mr. Lal highlighted the key educational problems in the Pacific region. He said that inequalities persists, particularly regarding educational completion and secondary and tertiary education.

“The direct entry marks from post-secondary to higher education are low, thus more students are left for TVET, bridging or compelled to repeat,” he said.

“As a pathway for tertiary studies a bridging programme and open schooling concept is been planned to target drop outs at year 10 and year 11 to get back so that no one is left behind in pursuit of tertiary education for socio economic prosperity.”

He further said “Pacific TAFE is a unified pathway entity within USP and with TVET programmes, students are trained for employment opportunities and career advancement programmes in business, commerce, tourism, hospitality, arts, humanities, science, technology and environment, and short courses.”

Mr. Lal also acknowledged the partnership between USP Pacific TAFE and APTC as the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed on 21 September 2018 will propel the shared vision on TVET reforms, policies, and advocacy in the Pacific.

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