Longerenong College (Longy) in partnership with Skillinvest, has become the first Australian education and training provider to offer a Certificate IV in Agriculture and Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management to international students, following the successful application and inclusion on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
Head of Campus at Longy, John Goldsmith said an increase in overseas student enquires led to the CRICOS application, and this week’s successful registration not only places Longy on the international map, but also presents an opportunity to promote and elevate the local agricultural industry as a whole.
“Australia’s agricultural practices, processes and facilities are world-renowned and respected, so there has always been a lot of interest from overseas students and farmers wanting to study here. Becoming a CRICOS training provider will allow us to share our knowledge and experience, nurture the farmers of the future and support the agriculture industry on a global level.”
“We plan to accept 40 international students over the next two years, with our first intake of students expected in February 2018. Countries where we have received the most interest to date include China and India, but we welcome applications from anyone interested in studying with us,” Mr. Goldsmith said.
Skillinvest CEO, Darren Webster said, “while we anticipate that some international students will remain and work in Australia following the completion of their course, many will choose to take their skills back home and the international student intake will not affect our ability to provide places and opportunities for our local students and farmers.”
“We intend training for international students to go beyond just agriculture in the future, with Skillinvest keen to expand the offering to other training courses within our business,” Mr. Webster added.