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Message from the Chair

Monday, June 13 2016

I am writing to you to keep you informed on the direction of ACPET’s Board.

This week has seen the commencement of our forums with members to discuss our future direction.

They have been frank and a real opportunity to test the road ahead. A key element of the discussions has been how to celebrate the real successes of our industry and create the race to the top of the quality tree. We do believe that the implementation of a stratified approach to membership categories, starting with an Associate Member category for new members will help create this race.

As governments are increasingly considering the importance of a provider being recognised by their peers, the role of an ‘Endorsed’ category for long standing members also warrants debate. The entry criteria for the category is still under consideration. However, there seems little doubt that the industry, through a peer review process,  must play an important role.

I look forward to further discussions on the topic.

The Board also had the opportunity to meet with the Victorian Minister for Training and Skills, International Education and  Corrections, the Honourable Steve Herbert Last week. We were able to hear from the Minister about his genuine commitment to quality and to ensuring Victorian students are able to study with the very best of public and private training providers. A vision we certainly share and we look forward to working with the Minister in the reforms ahead.

In terms of international education, the Minister reinforced the Victorian Government’s commitment to growing education as an export industry. As Australia’s only State International Education Minister, Victoria is certainly taking a bold approach and it appears there is more to come.

I also note that Queensland is significantly escalating its approach to attracting international students. Queensland will commit $25.3M over 5 years in this week’s budget to attract and support international students. Targeted trade missions, international campaigns, a social media strategy and a network of student hubs will all feature.

On a final note, in our quest to recognise the very best in Tertiary Education, ACPET will shortly release an expression of interest seeking nominations for our life member award. We consider this a great honour and will not take the process lightly.

While we will release further detail, we will be looking to recognise a star with over 20 years of active involvement in the Education and Training sector and real involvement in the leadership of ethical education.

I look forward to the outcome.

Mel Koumides
National Chair, ACPET


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