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									     DET International Business Office

Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training
            Institute (ADVETI)

      Summary Information Package

1.   DET International Business Office

     The newly established NSW Department of Education and Training (DET)
     International Business Office (IBO) provides international clients and students
     with an integrated service and better access to the world class education and
     training services which the NSW public education system has to offer.

     The IBO is the result of an amalgamation of the functions of the international
     project management arm of TAFE NSW DET’s International Students Centre,
     and the International Relations unit. The IBO oversees and supports all
     international business activities of DET and TAFE NSW by bringing together
     the combined expertise, commitment and skills of its greatest resource – its

2.   ADVETI Project

     TAFE NSW, through the IBO, has been successful in winning an international
     tender to establish the first institute of vocational education and training in
     Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute
     (ADVETI) will be fully funded by the Abu Dhabi Government (through the Abu
     Dhabi Education Council) and will be opening in early September 2007. The
     Institute will offer programmes and qualifications in a range of vocational
     areas and prospective students will gain access to intensive English teaching
     and support, particularly in the first semester of their courses.

     Although owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, the Institute will operate
     day to day under the auspices of TAFE NSW for the duration of the contract.
     While many staff members of the ADVETI will be drawn from TAFE NSW,
     there will be a significant and growing presence of Emiratis. An underlying
     philosophy of the Institute is one of Emiratisation, which will see TAFE NSW
     staff mentor and train Emirati nationals to take over the management
     and staffing of the Institute.

     Barry Peddle, Director South Western Sydney Institute, has been appointed
     as the inaugural Director of ADVETI. Barry will be supported by other senior
     TAFE NSW staff in the establishment and management of the Institute.

     ADVETI is currently in the Design and Start-up Phase, which includes

         The refurbishment of an existing educational facility in Abu Dhabi and
          the procurement of appropriate furniture and equipment. A team has
          also been working to establish a range of operational and management
          systems for the Institute. This work is being undertaken by senior TAFE
          NSW staff temporarily located both in Abu Dhabi and Sydney.

         Extensive analysis of industry and enterprise needs and the
          development of curriculum to address these needs. This work is being
          undertaken by the relevant Curriculum Centres of TAFE NSW. The
          initial curriculum offerings are currently being finalised and will include
          customised courses leading to local qualifications in a wide range of
          industry areas.

3.     Recruitment of ADVETI Staff

       The recruitment of long term ADVETI management and teaching staff is now
       commencing. During this process, new eligibility lists will be established for a
       range of positions. This process is an EOI only.

       Staff recruited in this phase will be offered the following general employment
       conditions by ADVETI:
          Duration of appointment
           o It is anticipated that appointment will be from mid August 2007 for
               periods of one semester, one, two or three years, depending on the
               needs of the Institute
          Salaries
           o The salary for each position is based on the current rates for
               expatriate employees within the UAE and compare favourably with
               those offered in Australia
          Hours of work
           o Hours of work will be based on the academic calendar developed in
               accordance with the local environment. Teaching hours will be
               averaged and annualised.
          Leave
           o Leave will reflect the Institute’s academic calendar
           o The granting of any leave will be at the discretion of the Director of the
               Institute taking into account educational and legislative requirements
          Allowances
           o In-country incentive
           o Education expenses for up to three children according to ADVETI
               agreement to cover expenses to attend an international school
           o Removal of personal effects up to a limit specified in the relevant Abu
               Dhabi Government schedule
           o One off payment to cover the purchase of personal effects
           o Health insurance for the employee and eligible family members as
               required by the laws of the UAE
          Travel and accommodation
           o Return air travel (economy class) for officer, spouse and children (if
               any) at the beginning and end of his / her appointment and at the end
               of each academic year
           o Transfers
           o Furnished apartment style accommodation provided by ADVETI

Questions relating to the ADVETI project should be directed by email to

3.     The Context – the United Arab Emirates

       The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven sovereign
       sheikhdoms, formed when the British withdrew from the Gulf in 1971. The
       seven Emirates are:
           Abu Dhabi
           Dubai
           Sharjah

      Ras Al Khaimah
      Ajman
      Fujairah and
      Umm Al Quwain.

Full country name: United Arab Emirates
Area: 83,600 sq km
Population: 5 million
Capital City: Abu Dhabi
People: Arab, Indian, Pakistani, Iranian, other expatriates
Language: Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Persian, English
Religion: Muslim (96%) Hindu, Christian and other (4%)
Government: Federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal
government and other powers reserved to member emirates

Abu Dhabi

Everything in Abu Dhabi is modern, sleek and shiny. The United Arab
Emirate's capital has been recently declared “the richest city in the world” by
Fortune Magazine (March 19, 2007). However, it is by far a more
conservative and traditional emirate than Dubai. Traces of the pearling village
it was a short time ago can be found below the surface of modern Abu Dhabi.
The city's old streets and the Old Fort are good places to discover local
history, Islamic art - both ancient and modern, and the ageless life of wharf
and Souk (the traditional Arab marketplace). The second-largest mosque in
the world, named after the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, is
currently under construction. The Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation has a
library, a theatre featuring English language films, and often hosts events like
art exhibitions or book fairs. The Marina Mall is a very modern, waterside
shopping complex with the most modern designer boutiques, international
food court, cinemas and children’s entertainment areas.

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