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International engagement

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TEQSA's international engagement strategy

TEQSA plays a vital role in the global quality assurance and regulation of Australia’s higher education sector – protecting the reputation of the growing, vibrant sector while safeguarding student interests.

Our International Engagement Strategy 2016-2020 builds on our mission to protect the strong reputation of the quality and integrity of Australia’s higher education sector. The strategy promotes the role, importance and effectiveness of Australia’s quality assurance and regulatory system – maintaining the solid reputation of Australian higher education both here and overseas.   

Key objectives of the four-year International Engagement Strategy include:

  • assuring the quality of Australian cross border higher education 
  • supporting Australian cross border higher education activity and innovation
  • building networks and collaborating to ensure quality.

Our arrangements for quality assurance and regulation enable us to work collaboratively with partner agencies in other countries to facilitate cross border higher education arrangements and promote confidence in the quality of Australian higher education. 

View our International Engagement Strategy 2016-2020

International students

International students have become a major part of the Australia higher education landscape. In 2016 there were over 400,000 international students studying Australian higher education awards, either here in Australia or overseas.

Almost a quarter of all higher education students (Equivalent Full-Time Student Load) are international students, with the international education sector now one of Australia’s largest exports contributing over $22 billion to the economy.

Offshore delivery

Almost a quarter of all registered higher education providers deliver Australian higher education courses offshore.

International operations of registered higher education providers generate over $5.4 billion in revenue – 16 per cent of the total revenue of registered higher education providers.

International partnerships

TEQSA has formal partnerships with the following international organisations:

Asia Pacific Quality

CHEA International 
Quality Group

International Network for Agencies in Higher

RAKEZ logo

Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (UAE)

CIQG logo

Council for Higher
Education Accreditation/
International Quality

SkillsFuture Singapore logo.

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)

QAA logo

Quality Assurance for Higher Education (UK)

Hong Kong Education logo

Non-Local Courses Registry, Education Bureau (Hong Kong)


Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications

HEEC website

Higher Education Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Education (China)

CEAIE logo

China Education Association for International Exchange

CSCSE logo

Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange

NZQA logo

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

NIAD QE logo

National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (Japan)


Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (PNG)



KHDA logo

University Quality Assurance International Board of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (UAE)


Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan

MQA logo

Malaysian Qualifications Agency


MOET logo

Ministry of Education and Training (Vietnam)

Fiji Higher Education Commission logo

Fiji Higher Education Commission




Quality Beyond Boundaries

TEQSA is a member of the Quality Beyond Boundaries Group (QBBG) – a network of international quality assurance agencies that was formed to address the growing quality assurance challenges and opportunities associated with cross border higher education. QBBG offers a platform to collaborate, share information and best practices and work together to improve quality assurance systems for cross border higher education. 

By increasing trust between member agencies, QBBG aims to achieve:

  • Mutual understanding: Develop better understanding of the policies and practices of member agencies.  
  • Information sharing: Develop means for better communication and sharing of information especially on common institutions in each other’s jurisdictions. This will assist in reducing regulatory burden, duplication of work and improve cost efficiencies.
  • Collaborative projects: Identify specific projects to encourage collaboration between agencies.

Other QBBG members include:

  • Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) – Dubai
  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – United Kingdom
  • Council for Private Education (CPE) – Singapore 
  • Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) – Hong Kong
  • Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) – Malaysia
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) – United States
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) – United States

International projects

APEC Quality Assurance of Online Learning Project

The Department of Education and Training approached TEQSA in mid-2016 to manage a project focused on the quality assurance of online higher education for countries in the APEC region. The project deliverables include the development of a Discussion Paper and Toolkit, a workshop on the Toolkit with representatives from a range of APEC economies followed by a limited number of validations in Indonesia, Vietnam and Mexico and finalisation of the discussion paper and toolkit. This work was completed in 2017.