Case Studies of Australian Businesses in China
Central TAFE, the largest and oldest technical and further education, TAFE, college in Western Australia, enrols over 16 000 students annually, with around 600 international students in courses throughout Asia. In 1999, Central TAFE began running English courses in Anhui province in China for school leavers and government officers intending to study abroad. Since then, Central TAFE expanded into other provinces and now runs e-commerce and international businesses courses in Zhejiang, is training government and enterprise staff in international trade and WTO matters and currently is exploring opportunities in Shanghai, Nanjing and Chongqing.
As with other providers, Central TAFE identifies establishing strong personal relationships as critical. Difficulties in enforcing contracts, seeking arbitration and remitting foreign exchange create risks. However, Central TAFE is very optimistic about its future in China.
Source: Central TAFE, 2002.
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