NEAS has great reach, getting the message of quality to its members and stakeholders in regular face to face meetings both in Australia and internationally, and this time of year is particularly busy!
Earlier this month, NEAS CEO Patrick Pheasant and General Manager met with the Department of Education and Training to provide feedback on the new National ELICOS Standards. NEAS conducted an extensive nation-wide consultation last year with all its members and we are pleased that many of our feedback points have been adopted by the Department.
On 25 July, Patrick met with English Australia and TEQSA in Melbourne to discuss TEQSA Cycle 2 assessments. Agenda items discussed included ‘Possible road mapping for higher education providers to include NEAS Quality Endorsement and English Australia membership’, and ‘An approach to the assessment of transnational pathways providers’. One outcome of this productive meeting is an acknowledgment by TEQSA of the importance of NEAS endorsement as a factor in a provider’s risk rating. NEAS is able to assist providers with pre-audit support and assistance prior to a TEQSA assessment. Please contact Patrick directly if you would like to use this service.
On 28 July, Patrick presented an Executive Quality Learning Series at Victoria University on the topic of Strategy, Risk and Governance, aimed at business owners, principal administrators and Academic Managers. Executive QLS sessions are being conducted in capital cities around the country and we look forward to seeing you at one of these specialist workshops.
On 29 July, Patrick Pheasant, General Manager Ana Bratkovic and Quality Assessor Ben Colthorpe presented workshops at the UECA PD Fest, held at Monash University.
On 31 July, Patrick attended the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Industry Summit 2017 in Melbourne to promote NEAS and the services of NEAS members to officials involved in recent visa changes, migration changes and security. The conference featured presenters discussing future innovations in border security and support for international students and visitors.
On 23-24 August, Patrick Pheasant and Ana Bratkovic will have a NEAS information booth at the ACPET conference in Brisbane.
On 30 August, Patrick will attend a GAELA symposium in London as a member. One of the aims of GAELA is to forge bonds between associations promoting language learning by study abroad and provide a forum for exchange of information.
On 1 September, Patrick will host a booth at the Study Travel ALPHE Conference in London, representing NEAS member providers to both agents and international education providers.
On 20 September, Patrick Pheasant, Ana Bratkovic, and Quality Assessor Nicola Gray will attend the English Australia conference in Adelaide. Patrick will be presenting a session on Empowering Global Citizens through Quality Assurance in International Education and Training.
On 11 Oct, Patrick Pheasant, Ana Bratkovic, and Quality Assessor Lauren O’Hern will attend the AIEC conference in Hobart. Patrick will present a session on Quality assurance in international education and training and its role in shaping diversity. NEAS will also share a booth at this event with UECA, a key partner.
On 15 November, Patrick Pheasant and Ana Bratkovic will attend the QALEN symposium in Auckland. The objective of QALEN is to provide opportunities for participants and members from Accrediting and Quality Assurance bodies in the language education sector to communicate and collaborate within a safe, supportive environment.
Finally, on 29 November, Patrick Pheasant will chair a panel with industry leaders on Quality Assurance in the sector at the TEQSA Higher Education conference in Melbourne.
We very much look forward to representing our member providers at these events, and to spending time with those of you also attending.