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By Karen Noble 

Professional Learning Coordinator

AEF’s 2022 pilot program VET Connect was officially launched on 1st of August, 2022 by the Australian High Commissioner to India, Barry O'Farrell AO. 

A galvanizing start to the VETConnect Professional Learning Program last week with a successful Launch and the completion of our first online workshop.

The VETConnect program, managed by the Asia Education Foundation (AEF), an initiative of Asialink at the University of Melbourne, is a teacher professional learning program that connects Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers from Australia and India.

VETConnect aims to build teacher capacity, integrate industry perspectives, positively impact student outcomes in VET and increase the quality of VET offerings across both countries.

Hosted by the Australian High Commission in New Dehli, Head of Mission, The Hon. Barry O’Farrell AO – Australia’s High Commissioner to India, in his opening address, noted:

“Skills have never been more critical to government as we seek to regain the ground we lost in the economic sphere” ... “It is in the interest of all of us as citizens of the world to try and develop the potential of all citizens.”

Both keynote speakers, Ms Ameeta Wattal, Chairperson & Executive Director Education, Innovations and Training (DLF Foundation Schools) and Mathew Johnston, Minister Counsellor (Education and Research), highlighted not only the benefits of collaboration and the development of one-to-one connections between participants from both countries, but the vital role VET pathways for students plays in supporting individuals to aspire to and reach their full potential.

The first workshop in the program followed a few days later. Participants began developing their community of practice by exploring the connection between VET in schools in Australia and India.

The second workshop included presentations from Prof. Raj Nahru (Founding Vice-Chancellor Shri Vishwakarma Skill University) and Maria Pedavoli (Education Officer, VET Team, Sydney Catholic Schools).

We look forward to exploring key factors in assessment in VET at our next workshop and working further with our dynamic, passionate and enthusiastic VET educators.

      Presenters

      2016 AEF Autumn School

      Sydney/Melbourne

      • Dr Kathleen Turner, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute
      • Mr Mohamad Abdalla, Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University
      • Dr Indigo Willing OAM, Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
      • Mr Aaron Seeto, Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and previously Director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in NSW
      • Mr Keith Shangare, Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland

      Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks

      Keynote


      Dr Brian Adams

      Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University



      Panel


      Dr Kathleen Turner

      Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute


      Mr Mohamad Abdalla

      Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University and the Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (QLD Node)


      Mr Aaron Seeto

      Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and previously Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art NSW


      Mr Keith Shangare

      Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland


      Presentation


      Dr Indigo Willing OAM

      Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research


      Workshop


      The Asia Education Foundation

      This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding


      The Asia Education Foundation

      This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding


      The Asia Education Foundation

      This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding




      Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks




      For more information, please email aef-support@asialink.unimelb.edu.au.




      Contact

      Karen Noble

      Professional Learning Coordinator, Asia Education Foundation

      Email: karen.noble@unimelb.edu.au


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