Swinburne hosts Ministerial Council
Date posted: Wednesday 28 Apr 2010
Swinburne University of Technology will today host the third meeting of the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) at its Hawthorn campus in Melbourne.
Membership of the MCTEE comprises Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers with responsibility for tertiary education and employment. It is chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Julia Gillard MP, and considered the key decision-making body for the national tertiary education and employment system.
Swinburne Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young said the university was delighted to host such an important meeting and will use the opportunity to announce Swinburne’s new Guaranteed Entry Scheme (GES).
“The GES offers students a guaranteed undergraduate place upon enrolment in a Swinburne TAFE diploma or advanced diploma,” Professor Young said.
“I believe it is the first time that a university in Australia has been able to present a ‘packaged TAFE/degree offer’ to Australian students so it is fitting that we can use the MCTEE forum to formally announce the scheme.”
“We will also be briefing Julia Gillard on the $250 million investment we have made in a number of exciting building and development projects currently under construction – in particular the $100 million Advanced Technologies Centre which will be completed next year and provide state-of-the-art research and teaching spaces,” he said.
A break in the meeting’s proceedings will allow the Deputy Prime Minister and ministers to tour the campus and meet with engineering students in the Centre for New Manufacturing.
Guaranteed Entry Scheme:
• All Australian students enrolling in Swinburne diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate degrees will receive a ‘packaged Higher Education offer’ guaranteeing them a place in a higher education course on successful completion of their TAFE program – valid for up to four years.
• It will give credit for diploma or advanced diploma studies, fast-tracking students into later stages of an undergraduate degree.
• This process has operated for international applicants for many years, but it is believed that Swinburne is the first Australian university to extend ‘packaged offer’ arrangements to Australian students.
• For more information see the Swinburne Pathways webpage.