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RMIT Training pens foundation partnerships

English language and training provider RMIT Training has penned six new partnerships to deliver its foundation studies within Asia which it said will prepare students for overseas study.

RMIT will hope the new initiative will persuade Asian students to flock to Melbourne. Photo: Pexels

This is expected to create a significant boost for RMIT University in Australia and Vietnam

The arrangements, which see RMIT Training deliver its programs in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Cambodia and China in partnership with local institutions, will provide a pathway into the company’s parent institution, RMIT University in Melbourne and Vietnam.

“Opening up our delivery locations also offers opportunities for our educators who deliver our pathways programs”

“For many students, having the direct support of their family and friends at this early stage is extremely important,” said RMIT Training chief executive officer Rachel Holthouse.

“Opening up our delivery locations also offers opportunities for our educators who deliver our pathways programs. By establishing a strong collaboration, we are no longer limited by geography and educators can learn from each other’s expertise.”

Starting in late 2018, the foundation programs are part of a strategic shift for RMIT Training, which is seeking to increase its offshore delivery and increase student numbers from emerging markets.

“The countries were chosen either as they are strategic areas where students are increasingly seeking to study more in-country before heading overseas or because they are new growing markets where we saw [an] advantage,” said Holthouse.

As part of their studies, students will participate in classes on creativity and communications as well as research, which Holthouse said would provide an introduction to the Australian education style, such as interaction with lecturers and group work.

The arrangements are expected to have a significant uptick in the number of students attending RMIT University in Australia and Vietnam.

The institutes partnered with RMIT Training include Malaysia’s Kingsley International School; Sri Lanka Technological Campus and International College of Business & Technology in Sri Lanka; Admiral Farragut Academy Tianjin and Nanjing University of Science and Technology in China; and Cambodia’s Zaman University.

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