17 August 2010
Warm welcome for exchange students
Vicki Molloy, Head of Business TAFE School, with exchange students Iliyana Petrova and Antoaneta Andonova and support staff and teachers.
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RMIT University’s Business TAFE School held a morning tea recently to welcome two exchange students from Denmark.
Iliyana Petrova and Antoaneta Andonova are taking part in a special exchange project which RMIT has developed for marketing, fashion and engineering students.
The project began in semester 1, 2009, and is aimed at helping TAFE students explore exchange opportunities with partnering institutes in the UK and Europe.
When asked about their first impressions of Melbourne, both students had only positive things to say.
“Melbourne is very lively, especially compared to the small town in Denmark that I am from,” Ms Petrova said.
“The experience at RMIT has been great, all the staff are very friendly and helpful and the other students are taking care of us and showing us around the city.”
Ms Andonova said she was enjoying the exposure to different cultures.
“I like that RMIT is very international. I am learning a lot from my classmates and am gaining a greater understanding of different cultures.”
The students spent their first few weekends in Melbourne exploring tourist attractions including the Melbourne Museum and the Shrine of Remembrance. An AFL game is next on the list.
“We keep hearing a lot about Australian football so we are keen to see what all the fuss is about,” Ms Petrova said.
Both students are completing bachelor degrees in marketing at VIA University College in Denmark and are due to graduate in January.
The TAFE student exchange program gives students an international perspective and the opportunity to experience different teaching styles and ways of learning.
“The Business TAFE School is delighted to offer this exchange opportunity to students who will learn new skills and perspectives in understanding the ways in which we are connected to others in the global environment,” Caryl Hertz, Industry Group Manager, Business TAFE School, said.
Students can obtain credit towards their RMIT studies while developing personal and professional networks and enhancing their learning experience and life skills.