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CIT Hosts Tunisian Trainers To Share World-Leading VET Model

Published: 19 Oct 2016

Image: CIT People Development Manager Sam Mills, DFAT Middle East Branch Head Greg Ralph, CIT CEO Leanne Cover, Republic of Tunisia Ambassador to Australia Nabil Lakhal, CIT Director Jayne Miller, Tunisian VET leaders Imen Lassoued and Sonia Younsi, CAAR Manager Genevieve Richards, Tunisian VET leader Mounir Saaidia.

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is hosting three Tunisian vocational education and training (VET) leaders this week, here to learn from CIT leaders about pathway programs for students to transition from VET to higher education - a world-renowned strength of Australia's VET model.

Throughout the week CIT teachers shared their expertise with the group, highlighting the economic benefits that flow from building strong links between teachers and other organisations to create paths for VET students into higher education.

Tunisia has recently moved to similarly link its VET and higher education systems and is seeking advice on the best model to deploy.

Sonia Younsi is an IT trainer, Imen Lassoued educates business students and Mounir Saaidia teaches tourism in Tunisia. Once they return home, CIT will continue to provide advice and support on this important development for Tunisia.

During the week the group will visit the Australian National University, University of Canberra and other CIT partners. On Thursday they'll meet with local tourism and hospitality industry and business leaders at a special lunch at the CIT Restaurant in Reid.

The tour is supported by the Commonwealth through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR), part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The group was welcomed to Canberra by the Republic of Tunisia Ambassador to Australia, Nabil Lakhal, at a lunch attended by DFAT Middle East Branch Head Greg Ralph, CIT CEO Leanne Cover, CIT Brand and Business Development Director Jayne Miller and CIT People Development Manager Sam Mills.

The Tunisian VET leaders' visit is a great example of CIT's work to leverage Canberra's international status to showcase our outstanding VET system and bring together teachers, trainers and employers from around the world to share ideas and experiences.