NEAS drives international engagement in regional ELT

Approaches to the issue of Quality Assurance in the ELT sector are gaining prominence across ASEAN, and NEAS is now globally recognised as a provider of QA services to ELT and vocational providers in Australia and internationally.

“Quality is at the heart of everything we do,” says NEAS CEO Patrick Pheasant, “and we’re taking a global leadership role in driving the quality of English language teaching and learning in our region.”

“Already, we’re seeing strong growth in NEAS Membership and our quality endorsement services from ASEAN, particularly in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam,” says Patrick. “There are now 50 international centres with NEAS accreditation across Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam. They’re all listed on our website at


Now back in Sydney and preparing for the 2018 NEAS Management Conference in May, CEO Patrick Pheasant and General Manager Ana Bratkovic reflected on their busy two weeks at the end of March during which they were active in a concerted drive to engage more deeply in the ASEAN region.

“First, it was the SME Conference during the Australia-ASEAN Summit in Sydney on 16 March to build relationships and tap further into ASEAN-Australia trade expertise. This was followed by NEAS participation in the Australian ASEAN Education Dialogue (AAED) in Penang the following week, and the Asia Pacific Association of International Education (APAIE) in Singapore a few days later.”

The Penang Dialogue, linked to the ASEAN-Australian Leader’s Summit in Sydney, further strengthened the current links between Australia and ASEAN across key education sectors. NEAS led and participated in two panels on Transnational Education and Quality Assurance in English and ELT across the region. At APAIE in Singapore, NEAS helped to encourage greater cooperation between institutions, to enrich and support international programmes, activities and exchanges, and to promote the value of international education across the region and beyond.

“By cultivating these dialogues and interactions, we aim to expand people to people and institution links to create sustainable engagement across emerging issues in the ELT and education sectors,” Patrick observed.

In Vietnam NEAS presented at a ceremony with 2,500 students and teachers from VUS Vietnam and government officials from the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET Vietnam). “VUS was awarded a Guinness World Record for 100,000 Cambridge Certificates awarded since 2015 alongside the NEAS endorsement for 17 of their centres, with an additional 7 centres to be endorsed before July 2018,” recalls Ana.

Next stop Singapore, where NEAS conducted a Quality Review Visit of James Cook University Singapore, endorsing their English Language Centre.

“During these events NEAS also met with and fostered our growing relationships with a further 57 stakeholders,” Ana added.

The following week, Ana and Quality Assurance Assessor Ben Colthorpe headed for Auckland to attend this year’s ICEF ANZA Agent Workshop.  Ana and Ben showcased NEAS’ quality ELICOS centres and explained the benefits of Quality Endorsement to more than 170 agents, educational centres and service providers from 42 countries.

“Taken together, the outcomes of these NEAS missions to ASEAN and affiliated countries demonstrates just how NEAS is taking a global role and driving quality in English language teaching, learning and leadership across Australia and ASEAN,” concluded Patrick.