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Message from ACPET A/CEO

Monday, September 17 2018

Some readers will be aware following a message sent to members by the ACPET Chair last week that the Board has requested I act as ACPET’s interim CEO until such time as a permanent replacement for Rod joins us. Negotiations with a preferred candidate are nearing completion, and it’s the Board’s hope to be able to make an announcement soon. But in the meantime, it is with honour that I take on the role to lead the team and drive our member centric agenda.

During this transition period I will remain the NSW and ACT Executive Officer, and I look forward to continuing my support of these members at the state/territory level.

This week I want to share with you some significant commercial opportunities that have been happening in the international education space.
Indonesia, one of our closest Asian neighbours, has a growing middle-class demographic which is in turn resulting in the strong need for its national skillset to be developed. There is an opportunity for Australia to work closely with Indonesia on securing our mutual shared interests as highlighted in the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership announced late last month by the Prime Minister.

ACPET have been working closely with our counterpart organisation in Indonesia, Asosiasi Perguruan Tinggi Swata Indonesia (APTSI) for some seven years. ACPET has  entered into a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with APTISI and we are leading our third delegation to Indonesia next month. The MOC establishes the rare opportunity for both memberships to work together to develop educational capability and capacity through professional development activities.

APTISI will facilitate delegates with direct access to information, introductions and networking opportunities to explore the Indonesian market, and chances to begin commercial discussions directly with APTISI members. APTISI represents over 3,000 private universities, academies and polytechnics throughout Indonesia and has strong links to the Indonesian government and industry stakeholders (Kadin).

The final itinerary is complete and available to any members who are interested in joining the group. The itinerary outlines presenters, networking events, functions, site tours, cultural and business emersion workshops and all travel arrangements.

The delegation will experience the following:

  • a welcome by His Excellency, the Sultan of Yogyakarta,
  • a lunch hosted by The Regency (Mayor) of Purworego who will discuss his priority to develop a provincial workforce strategy,
  • an Austrade ‘education market opportunities’ briefing in Jakarta,
  • briefings from Senior Indonesian government officials from the Ministry of Manpower and Research and Higher Education on the Indonesian education framework, market opportunities, regulation, funding,
  • 3 networking events with APTISI members in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bali,
  • 2 workshops on cultural and business emersion into the Indonesian market, and
  • site visits to APTISI members colleges.

If this opportunity complements your international business development strategy and you would like further detail, please email Matthew Traynor. The delegation leaves on October 7 so your action is encouraged immediately if you wish to be a part of this opportunity.

ACPET have also been engaged in positive discussions with Austrade offices in Mexico, Peru and Chile regarding an opportunity for members to be a part of a delegation to Latin America in 2019.  

The potential delegation would tour over five working days and indicative timing is May 2019.  The delegation will target the industry sectors that are export oriented and fuel the local economies – Mining, Tourism, Energy, Agriculture, Civil Construction, Infrastructure, Oil and Gas. English language programs are also high on the agenda.

The delegation will also involve a networking functions, with dignitaries such as Ambassadors/Consulate staff, government representatives, and industry leaders to be invited. If associations similar to ACPET are identified, there is the potential for member cross-networking events to occur too.

Please continue to watch this space for further updates regarding the delegation.

Wishing you all a good week.

Peter McDonald 
ACPET A/CEO


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