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TAFE Polytechnic Higher Education in Australia

From The Scan Tertiary Sector News and Views:


Melbourne Polytechnic launched.  Australia’s newest tertiary education and training institution launched.  Situated on the site of the former Swinburne University Prahran campus, Melbourne Polytechnic is a new educational brand operated by parent Institute, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT).

The Melbourne Polytechnic currently has around 80 programs on offer ranging from vocational certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas and a growing selection of higher education programs.  Students can choose from courses in design, visual arts, theatre arts, music performance, digital media, writing and editing, and photography plus studies in business, hospitality, beauty, community studies, and more.

Melbourne Poly will enrol about 600 students in 2014 and is planned to grow to about 2000 students.


University of Canberra UC joins with TAFEs to create polytechnic network.  A new network of tertiary institutions is seeking to harness the best of vocational and higher education.

The Australian Polytechnic Network (APN) is being founded by the University of Canberra, Melbourne’s Holmesglen Institute, Northern Sydney Institute, South Western Sydney Institute and Brisbane’s Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE.

The formation of the new grouping follows a decision of the now minister for tertiary education, Craig Emerson, to reverse a decision of former minister Chris Evans to now allow Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for delivery of University of Canberra degrees at the network member campuses from 2014.’


The future?  Mix of TAFE vocational education and training qualifications with higher education degrees will allow more alternative pathway options, transfers, smaller classes and more practical learning vs university, and more economic.


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