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Local TAFE SWSi graduate, Raphael Yousuf earns ‘Golden Key’ honour

Rafael-Yousuf-web-story1.jpgOnly fifteen percent of high-performing graduates globally are invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society. Raphael Yousuf, a 22 year-old Diploma in Software Development graduate from TAFE NSW - South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi), is one of the lucky few to join the prestigious and tight-knit society.


Golden Key offers its members exclusive opportunities and connections through over half a million dollars in scholarships and awards, career advancement and graduate programs.


The Fairfield local recently completed the final two years of his Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) with an excellent academic record at TAFE SWSi’s Liverpool College, thanks to a pathway program between TAFE SWSi and the University of Canberra (UC).


“I was attracted to this degree pathway because of the smaller class sizes. Instead of sitting in a large university lecture hall, I could learn from my lecturers on a more personal level.” said Raphael.


“What truly helps you learn is being in an environment that encourages teamwork and puts you right in the middle of it.


“This is what TAFE offers and is a compelling reason for people to consider getting a degree through TAFE.


“Studying at TAFE was like being immersed in a real-world environment where you can apply learned skills. Everything was practical and hands-on.


“I’d like to use my knowledge to build applications that solve real-life problems. As a software developer, I want to work on innovative projects that change people’s lives for the better.”


Raphael’s advice to those with a passion for computers -  “anyone can learn programming, it just takes time and dedication...if you love to delve into the technical details of how programs are designed and want to learn how to think logically and analytically, TAFE is a good place to start.”

For more information on TAFE SWSi’s pathways to the Bachelor of Information Technology visit

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