Students on their way to China

2018-07-03 06:01
The eight students and staff members at the send off in Muizenberg.

The eight students and staff members at the send off in Muizenberg.

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Eight South African students from False Bay TVET College have left on a year-long internship to China.

The exchange programme is in collaboration with the Chinese Culture and International Education Exchange Centre and MerSETA.

The centre is a leading official Chinese educational institution in South Africa that focuses on education collaboration between countries. The relationship has been ongoing for the past five years with great success, bringing together the efforts of higher education institutions, the MerSETA and international counterparts.

The initiative focuses on selecting students for an international internship programme, which includes six months in the training institution and six months within the workplace with the aim to obtain the Chinese National CNC Certificate. The selection of workplace practical training will be specifically related to the critical shortage of technical skills as per the SETA’s Sector Skills Plan in South Africa.

The students – Monray Julius, Banele Mtebele, Nomvuyo Citi, Bukelwa Wili, Velencia Bukwana, Avela Nkompela, Sakhumzi Mavithana and Ashley Ndzena – who departed on Wednesday 13 June will be based at the Changzhou College of Information Technology (CCIT).

Ashley Ndzena, a 30-year-old Khayelitsha resident who studied Electrical Infrastructure Construction NC(V) at False Bay TVET College, was very excited.

“This is my first time on an aeroplane and my first time to travel abroad, so I am very excited. My parents are so proud of me, but they are also sad to see me leave for so long. I know this is the best for me, but it’s also scary because I will have to be responsible for me and our hosts will be watching out for us to do well,” she said.

Several briefing sessions were held under the portfolio of Dominique Meyer, False Bay TVET College Work Integrated Learning (WIL) manager to prepare the graduates for the opportunity.

“We will continue to keep in contact with the students to ensure they are performing and adapting as best possible to the new lifestyle,” Meyer said.

False Bay TVET College acting principal Karin Hendricks also addressed the students in the send-off briefing session.

“You will work harder than you have before as the culture in China is committed to excelling academically and working optimally. You have been selected and you need to make this experience a significant shaper of your future,” was her advice.

Chinese students are required to complete a specialised exam after concluding secondary school, in order to attain admission into the higher education system. Much like the recommended requirements for the South African higher education system, which encourages potential students to complete a Performance Assessment of Competency Education. The Chinese State also governs the education and certification process of both the basic and higher education, like the South African TVET sector.

V For more information contact Dominique Meyer on 021 700 6400.

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