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Smoothing the path to university for Gold Coast students


Zuleika Henderson
17 November 2010
Taking the step of studying at university is about to get easier for Gold Coast Institute of TAFE students with a new agreement to be signed tomorrow, Thursday November 18 between Southern Cross University and the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE.

Under the agreement Southern Cross University will grant Gold Coast Institute of TAFE graduates an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score and guarantee a minimum agreed level of advanced standing ranging from 4 to 12 units in a related Southern Cross University program.

Professor Peter Lee, Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University said the agreement would meet education and training needs in a way that would support the development of the local Gold Coast economy and community.

“Gold Coast Institute of TAFE graduates will receive a very competitive ATAR ranking, and we have also agreed on clear advanced standing arrangements, providing a clear pathway for students,” said Professor Lee.

“This partnership will allow students even greater access to higher education opportunities, and will certainly help keep valuable knowledge and expertise here on the Gold Coast as well as contributing to developing a more highly qualified population in Australia.”

Gold Coast Institute of TAFE acting Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Devine said the signing would provide benefits for both TAFE and Southern Cross University and marked a milestone for students.

“The signing of the memorandum is a positive step towards strengthening the partnership and assists in positioning the Gold Coast as an attractive study destination for international and domestic students,” said Mr Devine.

“Gold Coast TAFE and Southern Cross University have become integral parts of the local community and this partnership represents a win-win situation for both organisations.

“The partnership formalises the articulation process and will provide greater possibilities for students to continue further education.

“Both organisations are committed to excellence in education for students across a variety of subjects leading to solid career outcomes.”

Media are invited to attend the signing of the agreement on Thursday, November 18 at 9am (Qld) in the 4th floor Boardroom, A Block, Gold Coast TAFE Ashmore Campus, Cnr Heeb Street and Benowa Road.

Photo: Professor Peter Lee, Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University will sign an agreement with Gold Coast Institute of TAFE tomorrow (high resolution image available on request)