The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) has seen significant change in the past 25 years. In its original form instructors provided short classroom workshops and onsite training courses to people already working within the engineering industry. With the rise of the internet, these courses moved online and we developed accredited vocational and higher education courses to be delivered on this new platform. Since then our focus has been on providing interactive online engineering courses, which impart practical skills directly applicable to the workforce. However in 2017, EIT underwent another transformation.
Our brand new state-of-the-art campus opened in East Perth, Western Australia, giving students the opportunity to study four Bachelor of Science degrees and one Master of Engineering degree at this facility. Our CRICOS provider status means international students can study with us in Perth, as long as they meet our course requirements and have a valid student visa.
As a result of this new venture, travelling to meet education agents across the globe has become a significant part of our International Engineering Education Manager Kevin Baker’s job. In February, he spent three weeks in Sri Lanka and India presenting who we are, what we do and why we’re different. Given these agents act as our ambassadors by encouraging potential students to study our courses, it’s important that we partner with people who ‘get us,’ rather than those who see us as just another education provider. For example, it’s imperative all our partners understand our courses are all designed to be job-outcome oriented.
These two-hour-long meetings give Kevin the opportunity for face-to-face contact with each potential partner. He said he is constantly surprised by the gratitude of agents he meets with, as well as their welcoming nature and enthusiasm throughout the information sessions. The format of the meetings differs each time: sometimes agents invite students to attend so they can learn about what we have to offer first-hand – there can be up to 150 people in attendance at one time. Not all agents successfully become a partner of EIT; however, Kevin runs workshops with those who are unsuccessful to impart tips and tricks.
The meetings are pre-planned months in advance to maximise appointments and minimise travel time. Due to heavy traffic in many countries, meetings are generally scheduled according to geographic location, so as to avoid zigzagging across the city unnecessarily.
Later this month, Kevin will be visiting agents in Nepal, India and Pakistan.