Japanese students get a taste of Perth’s culinary scene

A Japanese study group from Kagawa College of Culinary and Confectionery Arts (KCCCA) undertook a four-week study tour to North Metropolitan TAFE in Joondalup recently during their summer break.

The group of fifteen 19-20 year old students enjoyed two weeks of cookery classes; one week of English language classes; and one week on work placement at various restaurants at the Crown Casino Complex.

North Metro TAFE’s Director of Hospitality Patrick O’Brien said the program is designed to teach the students new skills and techniques that differ from those used in Japan.

“They get to cook with an abundance of different local foods such as Kangaroo, truffles and Marron and get to view demonstrations by industry experts in butchery of a lamb and breaking down and portioning various fish species, for example.”

During their stay in Perth, students were billeted out to homestay families across the northern suburbs where they got to experience the Australian culture and easy going lifestyle first hand.


KCCCA student Rina Mikami enjoyed her four-week stay in Perth and said the highlight was getting to work in one of Perth’s top restaurants at Crown Perth.

“It was a challenge to understand the different accents of English spoken by international staff at restaurants, but the working atmosphere was so much fun,” said Rina.

“Prior learning in TAFE kitchen and English classes certainly helped me working in the busy kitchens.”

KCCCA Principal Mitsuo Furukawa travelled to Perth with the study group for a 3-day visit where he got the opportunity to participate in cookery classes and see the students in action.

“It was a pleasure to meet staff and see the students learning new and different methods of cooking including sous vide and pasta machine, using unfamiliar and interesting food material. More individual teaching such as completing and presenting a plate on their own was thoroughly enjoyed. ”

This partnership between KCCCA and North Metro TAFE is in its third year, with the popularity of the program and student numbers continuing to increase.


Chongqing College’s 50th Anniversary

Central’s international partner, Chongqing College of Electronic Engineering recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. To mark the occasion the college put on an impressive array of events.

To help them celebrate, Central provided a video message from M.D. Neil Fernandes and had staff attend the celebration.

The College and the Chongqing Education Commission were delighted to receive Neil’s message that celebrated the anniversary and partnership with Central.


Neil’s message played on the big screens throughout the campus and also featured photographs from the original Australian-Chongqing VET project.

Currently there are three qualifications that are co-delivered by Chongqing and Central lecturers:

  • Certificate IV and Diploma of Accounting
  • Certificate IV in Programming
  • Diploma of Software Development Diploma of Electronics and Communications

Central and Chongqing College have enjoyed a successful relationship since 2011.

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Trip to the Bat Cave

For most people, a trip to Thailand consists of sun, poolside cocktails and general R&R, but Central’s Environmental Monitoring and Technology students aren’t most people.

During May, environmental students, led by lecturer Gun Dolva and Global Vision International (GVI) went to Thailand to be involved in conservation work and learn about Thai culture.

Funded by the Federal Government through the VET Outbound Program, the two-week trip was the perfect opportunity for students to utilize their existing skills and build some new ones.

The students had a full schedule involving a variety of conservational and cultural activities including, rainforest surveys, turtle husbandry, beach cleaning and learning all about Thai culture.

For many, the highlight of the trip was travelling to Khao Sok to stay on floating huts. From there, the students took a ten kilometre hike to a bat cave and a dawn boat trip to spot primates and birds in the rainforest.

The experience gave the students a unique opportunity to study and appreciate the natural beauty of Thailand.


‘Hiking to reach a cave deep in the rainforest with spiders larger than the circumference of a bucket; living on floating bamboo rafts; birdlife rarely seen; finding colourful insects; and caring for turtles no larger than the size of my palm. These are all experiences one cannot find on the internet. The people are fantastic and the food better’, said Central student Steve as he reflected on the trip.

A conservation expedition to the remote corners of Thailand is an adventure most people will never experience, but for these Central environmental students it was a rare opportunity to use their skills in one of the most spectacular places on earth.

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International student award for community-minded Thomas

Thomas Remont, an Advanced Diploma of Accounting student, has thrown himself into life in Perth, winning him the International Student of the Year Award at Central’s Student Awards 2015.  In addition to his work as a volunteer international student ambassador for Central, Thomas is also involved with a variety of organisations including Friends of Kings Park and WA Aids Council.

Thomas’ leadership skills match his natural energy and enthusiasm for life as an international student. He has enjoyed the cultural diversity Central offers. “Studying at Central Institute of Technology has really opened my horizons and exposed me to other cultures. We are lucky to have such a diversity of different cultures.”

Thomas has advised friends from overseas to come to Central, “not only because of the quality and recognition of the training, but because of the atmosphere and environment of study”.

Thomas made a conscious decision after moving from France to be proactive in his new environment by being involved in the community and different organisations.

With this strong social conscience, Thomas’ long term career goal is to work as an accountant for a non-profit organisation, such as an environmental or community services organisation.

EDITORS NOTE: Thomas has recently won the Council of International Students in Western Australia (CISWA)’s 2015 International Student of the Year Award. Congratulations Thomas!

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International student club hits the beach

Central’s international students in new social club Boomerang really get around town. Boomerang was set up as a channel for international students to get to know each other, and is run by international students, offering activities from beach basketball to tourist days out.


Club organiser and Central international student Thomas Remont says, “Any Boomerang activity is a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends, as well as being involved in the community and having fun.”

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Film skills taken beyond Madagascar

Former Central student Immanuel Bertaut is now implementing the skills that he learnt into his business on Reunion Island, 950 kilometres off the coast of Madagascar and 6000 kilometres from Perth.

Immanuel studied Film and Television at Central’s Northbridge campus. Since graduating in 2009, he has returned to Reunion and set up his own successful filmmaking business, employing several people, and catering to the advertising and music video market.


Immanuel also is involved in a program where he takes classes of underprivileged and at-risk youth to teach them basic filmmaking skills, and show them the possibilities that a career in filmmaking can achieve.  The training helps give them hope for the future despite their personal situations during teenage years.

Immanuel believes it is important to pass on his knowledge of how to achieve success against the odds.

“I had the chance to study with very good lecturers in Australia.  Now I see it as part of my duty to help give some of this privilege back to others, and I do this here in Reunion.  I help underprivileged youth in a program by teaching them filmmaking skills that might help them to start on career paths abroad,” he said.

He explained how his time in Perth gave him the platform to launch his career.

“I went to Perth because I heard about a very good film school that could be accessed through the Australian VET system. Everything I learned has been very helpful in my career as a filmmaker. I am still using the skills I learned there every day.”


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Shouna Shines

As a 15 year old, following a long stay in Sudan, Shouna seized control of her studies and chose to leave school and go to Central and be responsible for her own learning. Through hard work and some guidance from Central staff, Shouna completed her studies in 2011 with a Diploma of Human Resource Management and a pathway for further study at university.

How did you come to be at Central?

In 2010 I travelled out of Australia for the first time to Sudan with my family. While there I saw how the students enjoyed their school studies and had good relationships with their teachers. This was something I didn’t have back home in Australia. The holiday was planned was for six months but I was supposed to return early to go back to school.  However, I decided early in the holiday that I would attend Central instead.

Both of my parents had done courses in Central and enjoyed them, plus I was ready for a change of scene. When I returned to Australia I was lucky enough to speak to someone who mentioned the Launch Pad training program and I immediately enrolled and prepared for an awesome first semester at Central.

What courses did you choose and why did you choose them?

I began with the Certificate III Launch Pad program and then did a Certificate IV in Human Resources Management, before finally completing my Diploma of Human Resources Management. The reason I chose the Launch Pad was because I wanted to take control of my own learning. While on holiday in Sudan I saw how my cousins where treated like adults and teachers trusted them and spoke to them with a sense of respect.   I was envious and wanted the same thing. I wanted a learning environment where I was responsible for my own learning.

The second course I did was Certificate IV in Human Resource Management,

After successfully completing the Cert IV in HR, (where I was the youngest member of the class) I wanted to continue. Doing the Diploma was the next, best thing for me to move on to. I loved the demanding workload and completed it all in the set timeframes with no issues.

What has been your journey since leaving Central? 

After finishing my studies at Central I successfully entered Curtin University. From 2012, I have been completing my Bachelor of Commerce where I major in Human Resources Management.  The courses I completed at Central certainly set down a clear path for me of what I should be doing.