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Overview of Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic is one of the oldest and largest public TAFE institutions in Victoria, Australia, with nearly 100 years’ history.  Melbourne Polytechnic was also one of the first institutions of higher education in Australia to obtain the certification of ISO9001, and the first TAFE institution authorized by the Australian government to offer bachelor degrees.

Melbourne Polytechnic has over 30,000 registered local Australian students, in addition to over 16,000 registered international students from 57 countries. It offers over 380 short-term professional training courses each year, and over 150 courses that can be completed online.

Melbourne Polytechnic is Australia’s first TAFE institution to be fully ISO certified, and is one of the few Australian TAFE institutions that have met both international quality standards and Australian educational system standards over the years. Melbourne Polytechnic is distinctive in its courses, faculty, teaching facilities and education quality assessment, which enables it to maintain its high educational quality.

Overview of the Faculties

Consisting of 7 colleges, NMIT has 7 faculties and multiple training centers in Victoria. Each campus and training center is equipped with various modern facilities. In 2006, the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE set up a testing center with the approval and authorization of the Melbourne IELTS Center, which was rated as the “Best New IELTS Training Center” in that year.

7 faculties

- Ararat Campus

- Preston Campus

- Collingwood Campus

- Fairfield Campus

- Epping Campus

- Greensborough Campus

- Heidelberg Campus

Key Teaching Facilities

Tourism and Hospitality Management Training Center

The Tourism and Hospitality Management Training Center is located in the beautiful Preston Campus in North Melbourne, and it is the best hospitality training site in North Melbourne. The center consists of a restaurant, a small bar, a bar training center, a business kitchen and a simulation hotel lobby, reception desk and hotel suites.

Freshwater Fish-farming Center

In order to meet the training needs for inland fish-farming, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE set up an indoor circulating water fish-farming facility in the Epping Campus and two outdoor fingerling ponds in Yan Yean. In addition to breeding Australia’s local freshwater fish, this indoor facility can also be used for research for other related industries. This system can hold up to 2,000 kilograms of fish, and is equipped with automatic feeders, biofilters and a computer monitoring system.

Performing Arts and Video Production Center

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE owns a recording studio in Greensborough and Collingwood, in which students can complete integrated music productions and sound editing. A complete set of digital simulation equipment is available, and two formats for recording – ADAT and DAT – are available. The rehearsal room and the Macin computer lab provide sound editing support for students. The television studio also provides a platform for students to produce videos.

▪ Northern Lodge

- It is a farm about 40 kilometers north of Melbourne with an area of 320 acres, which is used as a Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE training base for bloodstock, racing and grape cultivation.

▪ Yan Yean

- Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE’s Yan Farm is 200 acres in size, and is used for breeding cows and deer, in addition to studies related to cultivation and medicine.

▪ Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE Kyneton Park

- The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE Kyneton Park has a cooperative agreement with KDRC, and is specially built for training bloodstock horses. (See joint Media Release (PDF) )。

▪ Engineering and Architecture Training Center

- The Engineering and Architecture Training Center was built in 1994, and is located in Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE’s Heidelberg Campus. It includes the most technically advanced training centers for the manufacturing, engineering and construction industries in Victoria. The center’s training facilities, pipelines and equipment, including pipeline bunkers, model houses and advanced natural gas training labs all meet the national industrial standards.

Majors

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE offers over 380 short-term professional training courses each year and over 150 courses can be completed online. NMIT is Australia’s first TAFE institution to be fully ISO certified, and as of today, is one of the few Australian TAFE institutions that have met both international quality standards and Australian educational system standards over the years. NMIT is distinctive in its courses, faculty, teaching facilities and education quality appraisal, which enables it to maintain its high educational quality.

Courses

NMIT courses are updated and redeveloped every 2-3 years. Industrial professionals and course management personnel from the government’s education department join the institution’s course developers in updating these courses so that the evolving industrial needs and government standards, as well as needs of the society, families and students, can be satisfied, ensuring that NMIT courses will always meet the needs of various parties.

Cooperation with China

The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE has developed Sino-Australian cooperative programs with multiple Chinese institutions of higher education. The programs have been running for many years now and are growing from strength to strength.

So far, the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE has over 20 partner institutions in China, including famous ones like Shanghai Industry and Commerce Foreign Language College, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan University of Technology, Zhejiang University of Technology, Suzhou Vocational University, Beijing Information Technology College, and Sichuan Vocational and Technology College. It is the most successful Australian TAFE institution in working with Chinese institutions. According to the official statistics provided by the Australian government, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE has over 12,000 registered Chinese students, accounting for one third of the total number of registered Chinese students of all Australian institutions. In addition, over 1,000 persons have successfully studied abroad through the programs.

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE currently sends 150 faculty members to China annually to teach English courses and professional courses, and to provide teacher training for teachers of participating institutions in China

Government support gives green light to NMIT transformation

NMIT has taken a significant step forward towards achieving its transformation program with the announcement on October 2,2014 that its submission for the TAFE Structural Adjustment Funding (TSAF) had been successful. The institute also announced that it will consolidate its NMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic brands under the one name – Melbourne Polytechnic. 

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