PRESIDENT’S NEWSLETTER 5TH MAY 2016

‘Focus on developing employability and opportunities for work integrated learning emphasising the nexus between education and employment.’

The Australian Government has just launched ‘The National Strategy for International Education 2025’ (https://nsie.education.gov.au) following extensive industry consultation. The Strategy is in 3 parts:

National Strategy for International Education 2025 itself with a 10 year plan based on strengthening areas like student services and quality assurance; making transformative partnerships both in Australian and with international institutions and ensuring we remain globally competitive.
A Market Development Roadmap involving ‘game-changing’ strategies to build scalable, collaborative networks of education providers, attract capital and target key markets
The Australian Global Alumni Engagement Strategy 2016-2020 to enhance diplomatic, trade and investment links.

What is most encouraging from The William Light Institute’s perspective is the emphasis on quality and innovation and most particularly the ‘focus on developing employability and opportunities for work integrated learning emphasising the nexus between education and employment.’ Also the report states that the strategy will prioritize, ‘providing students with the skill sets needed for business and industry now and into the future.’

The report sees collaborations between institutions, the greater use of technology in teaching and learning and a blurring of the lines between ‘qualifications’ and ‘skills’ with more provision of timely industry skills that may or may not relate to a particular qualification.

This is music to our ears and has been the vision for our programs both now and into the future. We already have great partners both in Australia and other countries. We deliver courses that are strongly driven by industry and industry placements are a key learning tool. We use technology effectively and our recent programs in Sri Lanka bear witness to our capability.

If you choose a course at The William Light Institute you can be assured that it will be at the cutting edge of Australia’s strategy to maintain and grow its position as one of the top destinations in the world for international students. Oh, and let’s not forget we are fun place to work and study!

I would like to make special mention in this newsletter of one of our longstanding lecturers Paul Szuster. Paul has an extremely busy life teaching, advising companies both in Australia and overseas and maintaining a property in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. For the past six years Paul has also been studying for his Phd. At a small ceremony this week we celebrated Paul’s success in reaching his goal of becoming Dr Paul Szuster- congratulations to Paul on a great achievement.