Challenger Institute of Technology Executives met with Mongolian vocational education representatives and a national member of TAFE Directors Australia last week to discuss future partnerships.
The Mongolian delegates visited Challenger’s Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) where they got to experience the practical elements of the centre and gain an insight into the traineeships that Challenger offers.
The visit follows the signing of a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) of Vocational Educational Cooperation in February 2011 by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations of Australia and Mongolia’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
The agreement encourages the provision of opportunities for students from Mongolia to engage in mining and engineering study programs in Australian vocational educational institutions.
In particular, Challenger Institute hopes to be able to assist in providing training for employees of Mongolia’s largest resource project, the Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine in the country’s south.
Oyu Tolgoi will eventually account for about a third of Mongolia’s GDP.