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Students, Quality, Success: Students at centre of 2017 TEQSA conference

21 November 2017

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is preparing for its second annual conference, with students, quality and success acting as this year’s key themes.

With one of TEQSA’s key purposes being to protect student interests, this year’s conference – held from 29 November to 1 December – features speakers from student representative bodies, including the National Union of Students, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association and the Council of International Students Australia.

TEQSA has also extended an invitation to all higher education providers to send student representatives, encouraging participation from the full spectrum of higher education providers and their student cohorts.

Anthony McClaran, TEQSA chief executive, said that the increased focus on students and their perspective of the sector in part reflects the student-centric design of the Higher Education Standards Framework, which is modelled around the student journey, from recruitment and admission through to graduation and employment.

“I’m encouraged to see a strong interest from students in attending the conference as both TEQSA and the sector continues engaging with students more fully”, said Mr McClaran.

“This year’s conference will gather together 800 representatives to hear from over 150 speakers – the interest in this event signifies the sector’s commitment to improving student outcomes, quality education and the increasing success of the sector”.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from internationally renowned speakers, including Ralph Wolff, Founder and President of the Quality Assurance Commons and former President of WASC, the accreditation body for the Californian university system, who is set to speak on major education trends in the US under the Trump administration.

A session titled The view from the peaks, chaired by Andrew Norton, Higher Education Program Director form the Grattan Institute will see the chief executives of Australia’s higher education peak bodies discuss issues facing the sector and what lies ahead.

More information

For more detail on the second annual TEQSA conference, including access to the program and details on how to register, visit our dedicated conference page.