Mr Tony O’Brien: SINO-NZ Project Director
The New Zealand – China Vocational Education and Training Model Programme (also known as simply “The Model Programme”) was agreed to as a commitment in the Strategic Education Partnership Arrangement, which was signed during Prime Minister Key’s visit to Beijing in 2013. It noted:
The Participants affirm that up-skilling the workforce is one of the most important challenges in developing a competitive economy. For economic development, a more highly skilled workforce is essential for higher productivity, competitiveness and profitability. Better skills contribute to sustained employment, career progression, and social harmony and sustainable development of the economy and society as a whole.
The Participants do hereby launch the New Zealand – China Vocational Education and Training Model Programme, which will incorporate both theoretical and practical elements involving the setting up of a “virtual” research centre and institution – institution relationships, including joint programmes and the delivery of quality New Zealand qualifications in China; curriculum development, and so on.”
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