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THERE is serious disconnect between the TAFE and the university system, says Professor John Rosenberg from La Trobe University.

Both systems, the TAFE system and the university system are critical ... - Professor John Rosenberg

"We believe there is good opportunity for students to move both from TAFE to university but also from university to TAFE," Professor Rosenberg.

"And that direction now is very difficult because of the funding regime in this state.

"So we're very concerned about this, that it is difficult ... I think it's a much more systemic problem and we really need a system that allows this movement."

Professor Rosenberg made the comments during an address to the Standing Committee on Education and Employment at The Capital on Wednesday.

Standing Committee on Education and Employment visits

The Standing Committee on Education and Employment was in Bendigo to continue the public hearing schedule for its inquiry into TAFE and its operations.

The public hearings are designed to give the committee an opportunity to hear from Victorian TAFE stakeholders and take evidence regarding the challenges and opportunities facing the wider community.

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters made an opening address to the committee before handing over to representatives from Bendigo TAFE, La Trobe University and Ballarat TAFE.

Professor Rosenberg said La Trobe University had a major campus in Bendigo and worked closely with Bendigo TAFE.

"We recognise the absolute important of the TAFE sector," he said.

"Both systems, the TAFE system and the university system are critical to providing the workforce of Australia and this state of Victoria needs.

"However there is a major problem.

"And the major problem is there is a serious disconnect between the TAFE system and the university system ... It's not that every student should go to university - absolutely not - but those students who have gone to TAFE and then decide they would like to go further, it should be a straightforward and seamless process and it's a long way from that."

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