Sector gathers to discuss students, quality and success
Almost 800 Australian and international higher education delegates have descended on Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s (TEQSA) Second Annual Conference.
With this year’s theme of Students, Quality and Success guiding proceedings, those in attendance heard from a range of speakers and panel discussions on topics as broad as the financial sustainability of the sector, to how higher education providers can better support and promote students’ mental health. Speakers included TEQSA Chief Commissioner Professor Nick Saunders, the University of Melbourne’s Professor Glyn Davis and the Australian National University’s Professor Bruce Chapman.
Higher education students have featured heavily on the first of the conference’s three days, with TEQSA and the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) signing a memorandum of understanding at a dedicated student lunch.
Also announced at the student lunch was the formation of the ‘TEQSA Student Expert Advisory Group’ which will ensure the student voice features in the agency’s future work.
An afternoon session titled ‘Students, quality, success in regional education’ sparked an interesting debate on the social, financial and educational pressures faced by regional students who move to cities to study, and the technological barriers faced by those studying in remote areas of Australia.
The conference continues on 30 November and 1 December with Ralph Wolff, Founder and President of The Quality Assurance Commons in the US set to chair a panel discussion titled ‘Quality, success and an online future’ which is sure to trigger a thought provoking dialogue.
For more information, and to view the program for the Second Annual TEQSA Conference’s program visit the dedicated conference website.