South Australia law to protect foreign students

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South Australia is set to have the toughest laws in the country protecting international students, says the state's Minister of Further Education and Employment, Jack Snelling.

Snelling, who began a weeklong trip to Vietnam last Friday, told Thanh Nien Weekly: "The most important cooperation during my official visit to Vietnam is the signing of an agreement between TAFE SA (Technical and Further Education Institute, SA) and the Da Nang Vocational Training College (DVTC) for the delivery of three diploma programs in IT programming, Business Administration and Tourism."

"This agreement allows Vietnamese students from DVTC who can't afford to study overseas to receive training of the above programs without having to leave their country. It is also an opportunity for teachers at DVTC to further develop their skills."

Education is one of the biggest industries in Australia, and schools and colleges there are attracting a large number of overseas students.

Snelling said that since he took up his current portfolio in March 2010, he had acted to introduce tough new laws to protect international students.

About the Vietnamese market, Snelling said it is a strong one with specific needs, one that requires high quality, affordable education.

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