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This week sees a very different focus

Monday, April 27 2015

ACPET undoubtedly has taken a strong position regarding the quality of our members and the importance of private tertiary education. We are passionate supporters of a quality tertiary education sector.

While it is always difficult to spot whether we are making a difference, I get the sense it just might be.

Last week I attended the Australia Japan Business Spotlight VET Showcase Mission in Japan.

The event was introduced by Bruce Gosper, CEO Austrade, the Ambassador to Japan His Excellency Bruce Miller and the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment.

I was asked as CEO of ACPET to deliver the keynote speech on the structure of Australia’s system and how it operates. While the event was organised exceptionally well by Austrade, ACPET was asked to deliver what traditionally would have been delivered by a government speaker. This was strong recognition that we know our sector, the policy and regulatory frameworks and that we represent a relevant and quality component of the industry.

The Mission was very tightly managed and there were three private colleges, with significant experience in delivering in Japan, invited to showcase their model. I would like to congratulate Bill Adler of Imagine Education, Leigh Dwyer of Baxter Institute, Rupert Johnstone of Think Education and Kay Ganley of Charlton Brown who all delivered exceptional presentations.

Yes, all colleges representing Australia were ACPET members.

I should also mention TAFE played a very important part also. TAFE representatives from TAFE Qld, TAFE NSW (Sydney Institute) and Holmesglen were key members of the team and showed what high quality TAFEs can deliver!

While in Japan I also, with Austrade, met with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, a member of the Central Education Council and the National Association of Vocational Schools in Japan. The discussions were centred on briefing the agencies on the strengths of our system and establishing relationships for on-going dialogue.

The discussions went very well and they will be followed up to ensure Australia, and our providers are well positioned to help Japan as it begins to build its own accredited vocational education and training program. 

I will provide more information as we finalise these important links.


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