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Deakin's partnership with the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology (MIBT) offers students an alternative entry to university studies. International and domestic students who do not meet the admission requirements for Deakin may be offered a place at MIBT. On successful completion of an MIBT diploma course, and meeting the academic entrance criteria, students are eligible for entry in the second year of the relevant Deakin undergraduate degree. Eligible MIBT graduates may also apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place in their second year at Deakin.
The partnership between Deakin and MIBT was established in 1997 and was one of five original partnerships created between the organisation formerly know as the IBT Education Group Pty Ltd (now Navitas Ltd) and five Australian universities. It has recently extended its partnership with Deakin to a new 10-year contract.
MIBT is located in the International Centre at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood and also at the Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds. The co-location assists students to integrate both with, and within, Deakin University.
Students who undertake a course at MIBT generally perform well with the transition from secondary to tertiary level education. Some of its advantages include a fast-track option (8-month diploma), three semesters per year, small classes and individual attention, and academic and welfare support services.
Much of the success of the partnership between Deakin and MIBT is credited to the strong communication between staff and the close physical proximity of both organisations.