A passion for independent higher education in Australia
Over the last 20 years Australian higher education has changed significantly. Today, education is Australia’s largest service sector export industry, and the third largest of the total economy. Australia is recognised as having a world class education system. This recognition is not built on public universities alone – Australia has high quality public and independent education institutions. Student enrolments at independent providers are increasing at a faster rate than at public universities.
IHEA members are leading the way in high quality independent higher education. Our members are Australia’s best independent providers with a passion for enabling today’s learners to be the leaders of tomorrow.
The Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE) is formed
COPHE welcomes its 12th member
COPHE membership grows to 27
The Bradley Review recognises diversity
COPHE institutes a Code of Good Practice
TEQSA is established
Don Owers, AM joins IHEA board as chair
Lee Dow-Braithwaite Review
COPHE membership continues to grow
Higher education becomes Australia’s third largest export
Simon Finn joins COPHE as CEO
COPHE relocates to Melbourne
Student Quality Surveys (QILT) report independent providers dominating the top 25 quality rankings by undergraduate students
COPHE Membership continues to grow
Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) is launched as a new identity for COPHE
Demand for higher education will continue to grow.
As demand for skilled and job-ready graduates continues to grow, demand for high quality education will grow also. And as our environment becomes more complex, more will be demanded from our workforce, requiring greater agility and flexibility, more specialist knowledge, and higher levels of professionalism. Demand for the continual development of skills in current roles and the acquisition of new expertise, as roles change will see increased demand for innovative course design, industry connection and flexible delivery models.
Disruptive technologies, global trends, changing student expectations, new requirements of our graduates’ employers, and legislative reform will continue to shape and influence our sector. Reviews of the Australian Qualifications Framework and the Provider Category Standards reflect the need to keep the sector up to date with the changing economy.
Independent higher education providers are well placed to meet this fast changing market demand and the challenges of the future workforce.
“IHEA membership is, quite rightly, a badge of quality.”
– Sen. The Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, May 2018
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