AIEC: TEQSA workshop on protecting the quality of Australia’s higher education

October 26, 2016

More than 50 delegates attended the TEQSA workshop on Transnational regulation and quality assurance at the recent Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) in Melbourne 18-21 October 2016.

The workshop held on Thursday 20 October, promoted TEQSA’s role in protecting the quality of Australia’s higher education on the international stage.

TEQSA staff Assistant Director Kate Jackson and Senior Case Managers Carolyn Daniel, Peter McKerrow, Danny Wolters and Lorraine Buckman shared their first-hand experience negotiating this complex terrain.

The staff provided an overview of:

  • TEQSA’s engagement and collaboration with offshore quality assurance agencies to improve the global connectivity of higher education and quality assurance - drawing on TEQSA’s involvement through the QACHE (Quality Assurance of Cross-border Higher Education) project and QBBG (Quality Beyond Borders Group);
  • Recent staff exchanges with quality assurance agencies, TEQSA’s Memorandums of Cooperation and the commonalities between the frameworks of TEQSA and its offshore counterpart agencies;
  • TEQSA’s approaches to offshore site visits and providers’ accountability for ensuring their courses are delivered consistently with the Higher Education Standards Framework in Australia and offshore;
  • TEQSA’s role in assuring the quality of online learning and working on a project in conjunction with the Department of Education and Training, which will result in the development of a toolkit of guidelines for APEC economies;
  • TEQSA’s response to some of the challenges presented by offshore provision including student mobility, establishing the validity and recognition of degrees, and assuring quality.

TEQSA’s Memorandums of Cooperation facilitate information sharing and build mutual understanding of regulatory frameworks with potential to benchmark approaches to assessment and develop a community of practice among quality assurance agencies.

   

Discussion topics for participants were:

  • What are the barriers to delivering Australian higher education offshore?
  • What are the key challenges when developing third party arrangements?
  • What are the key challenges to delivering offshore online?
  • How can non-Australian qualifications be assessed to provide credit into an AQF program?