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Australian government eases visa rules for the non-university sector, and ACPET sees it as “a start”

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This is a presentation given by Claire Field, CEO of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) at this year's ICEF Berlin workshop. …

This is a presentation given by Claire Field, CEO of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) at this year's ICEF Berlin workshop.

The new Coalition government in Australia is delivering on its promise to support the country’s international education sector. A mere three months into office, the government has already announced major steps designed to bolster non-university providers operating in the sector, a segment the previous government was widely criticised for overlooking in its policies.

We take a closer look at the first months of the Australian government through an exclusive interview with Claire Field.

Please read our accompanying article ''Australian government eases visa rules for the non-university sector, and ACPET sees it as “a start” '' and watch our video interview here: http://bit.ly/1eSVdXp.

For more industry news, market intelligence, research and commentary for international student recruitment please visit http://www.icefmonitor.com, subscribe for daily or weekly updates, and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/icefmonitor.

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  • The 2012 ACPET ISB results show that international student satisfaction is increasing at Australia’s best private tertiary institutions with satisfaction and propensity to recommend higher than they were three years ago and that satisfaction rates outpace the global average on most indicators.
  • Teaching quality (95%), research quality (95%), earning potential (93%) and personal safety (92%) are the four most important factors influencing the decision on where to study, for both the Australian and global groups. The reputation of the qualification and college were exactly the same at 90%, and 1% lower for Australia’s education system. Factors associated with costs and the ability to secure a job and income such as cost of study and course length were slightly more important for the private college students than for the global group.
  • Support – above global averageSatisfaction with support is predicated on use of support services. For example, whereas 60% of respondents used on-campus catering facilities, only 12% use disability services. While use of a service may be low, that service is important to those few users. All 14 support indicators for ACPET college international students are ahead of the global vocational student scores, and 13 indicators score over 90%. Considering the distribution of international students, which includes small numbers in many ACPET colleges, and the related resource issues for providers, the matrix shows a very positive picture.

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  • 1. Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) Claire Field Chief Executive Officer Berlin 2013
  • 2. Australia’s private tertiary sector • Who is ACPET • Where do international students study – Australia’s public and private tertiary education sectors • Satisfaction of students that attend ACPET member colleges • Student support • Strengths of ACPET colleges • Raising quality
  • 3. ACPET’s membership • • Representing private education from higher education, VET and ELICOS. A diverse membership of over 1,000 members including: – 500+ delivering education to international students – 130 English language colleges – 800+ vocational education and training (VET) • Many are highly specialised colleges, with strong industry links – 100+ higher education • private universities • private arms of public universities • dual sector institutions (VET and higher education) and • higher education-only institutions
  • 4. International students 2012 Sectors – all 2012 Higher education 230,923 VET Higher Education 145,540 English 95,224 Schools and other 44,166 Total 515,853 Private 130 institutions Public % 39 universities private 29,596 201,327 source: AEI, 2012 enrolments of student visa holders 13%
  • 5. International students 2012 Sectors – all 2012 Higher education 230,923 VET VET 145,540 English 95,224 Schools and other 44,166 Total 515,853 Private 500 institutions Public 39 TAFEs % private 126,188 19,352 87% source: AEI, 2012 enrolments of student visa holders
  • 6. What courses are offered? A large range, including many specialised, both in Australia and offshore: – Aviation – Business and management – Community, health and welfare – Creative arts – Education and training – English language – Finance/IT – Retail management – Traditional trades (eg construction, electrical, engineering) – Transport & logistics – Tourism & hospitality – Vocational teacher training … and more….
  • 7. International student satisfaction Worse in 2012 Better in 2012 Undergraduate Postgraduate Coursework Non-degree level (including certificate/diploma) Overall -15% -10% -5% 0% 5% 10% 15%
  • 8. Decision Making ACPET (2680) Global Vocational Benchmark (8411) 95% Teaching quality 95% 95% Research quality 92% 93% Earning potential 92% 92% Personal safety 93% Qualification reputation 91% Reputation of education system 91% 91% 92% Cost of study 90% Course length 90% Opps for further study 90% College reputation 90% 90% 88% 89% 90%
  • 9. Student support • More term intakes (3-4/year) so students can finish qualifications and get a job faster • Australia has strong consumer (international student) protection mechanism – Tuition Protection Service • Most ACPET member colleges have pathway agreements for credit transfer with universities • Global partnerships ensure teaching is relevant to globalised world
  • 10. Student support ACPET / Global ACPET 2012 Global Vocational % SUPPORT AVERAGE 92.5% 88.6% 3.6% SUPPORT OVERALL 88.0% 86.7% 1.3% Counselling 95.3% 89.5% 5.7% Disability Support 95.3% 90.2% 5.0% International Office 94.8% 92.5% 2.4% Faith Provision 94.5% 89.8% 4.7% Students' union 94.3% 92.7% 1.7% Student Advisory 94.3% 91.5% 2.7% IT Support 93.4% 90.7% 2.7% +/-
  • 11. Strengths of the sector • Industry links – produce job-ready graduates with work ready skills – ensure curriculum is up-to-date – teaching is innovative – internships and work placements are integral to private sector – ensure training infrastructure is meets industry benchmarks – 89% graduates get jobs or pursue further study • Regulated by same national bodies as the public sector – ASQA, TEQSA
  • 12. ACPET member services • Advocacy and representation  Local, state and federal government bodies  Regulators • National professional development framework • Provider health checks  diagnostic assessment of a provider’s business practices • Benchmarking of student satisfaction, transnational education activities, scope and contribution of sectors • Awards for Excellence • Partner in Education members • Links with other peak bodies – especially Asia-Pacific
  • 13. ACPET: lifting the quality bar • • • • Strengthened Code of Ethics for members New requirements for ACPET membership Refusal of membership to inappropriate applicants Membership renewal review – following ACPET scrutiny a number of members have chosen not to renew membership • Close working relationship with government agencies and other peak bodies • Numerous benchmarking studies – international student satisfaction, offshore delivery, VET + higher education
  • 14. Thank you @acpet_national Facebook/ACPET Linkedin/ACPET