TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute is at the cutting edge in vocational education and training internationally in the area of tourism and hospitality under the leadership of Ms Anne Goonetilleke, Director Education. Ms Goonetilleke's key areas of expertise relate to planning, designing and managing vocational educational programmes at local and international levels and strategic business management and business development with particular reference to vocational education and the tourism and hospitality industry.
Ms Goonetilleke attributes her success to education and sees education as the best investment for the future. As a former Assistant Director of the Ceylon Tourist Board, she is no stranger to the tourism and hospitality industry in Sri Lanka. During her time she was primarily involved with the introduction of star classification of hotels in Sri Lanka.
Ms Goonetilleke is responsible for developing Western Sydney Institute's educational approaches in the area of tourism and hospitality so that students achieve an outcome which makes them skilled and readily employable in this global industry. This is of great significance in an environment of constant change and pressures of market fluctuations in the global economy. The tourism industry is dynamic and faces many challenges and Western Sydney Institute's vocational training is geared to make students responsive to market trends and accept social and environmental responsibility whilst balancing the economic returns.
TAFE NSW is the largest vocational education and training provider in Australia. TAFE NSW Institutes are government owned and operated by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET). Western Sydney Institute (WSI) is one of the 10 TAFE NSW Institutes and has seven campus locations in Sydney where international students from more than 30 countries study.
TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute offers a range of courses in the area of tourism studies at Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels. Learners who successfully complete the TAFE NSW programmes are able to articulate with and receive credits for relevant units of competency from other qualifications in Tourism, Hospitality and Events. Graduates, who wish to pursue higher studies, may apply for articulation into University degree programmes in Tourism Management.
In Western Sydney Institute, tourism studies are offered to international students in 4 campuses. The Hills College Tourism section - known as "Travel 2153" - was presented with the Gold Award in the category of Tourism Education and Training at the 2008 New South Wales Tourism Awards.
The awards ceremony is the largest and most anticipated event on the NSW tourism calendar. This is the second time The Hills College had won the Gold Award.
"We are proud of our achievements. The teaching staff at TAFE NSW are qualified and committed to the success of our students. Graduates with Australian TAFE qualifications have job-ready skills, experience and knowledge and are highly regarded by employers" said Ms Goonetilleke.
She added that "Western Sydney Institute's expertise in tourism studies is sought after internationally and offshore training in tourism studies is delivered in Fiji and Hong Kong, major tourist destinations. The collaborative training programme in Fiji is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Western Sydney's success stories affirm that education through the Institute is your passport to a global future.
For more information on TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute and college locations in Sydney, please contact:
In Sri Lanka
David Samuel, Manager-Business Development, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
Phone: 2463253 (Direct) 2463200 (through Reception)
In Sydney, Australia
Veronica Ryan, Manager International Students, TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute
Phone +61 - 2 - 4724 8291