Friday, April 08, 2011

Higher Education for Professionals

Professions Australia and Universities Australia are holding a Workshop on "Higher Education and the Professions in 2011 and Beyond", 8 April 2011 in Canberra. The Program is available. The Austrlaian Computer Society is leading the way with internationally accredited tertiary level professional education, in conjunction with universities (such as my Green ICT course).
The Professions make up around 20% of the Australian workforce and they are a fast growing sector. They are vital for the health and wellbeing - economic, social and environmental - of all Australians. The Australian Higher Education system is the main source of professionals for Australia and manages around one million enrolled students per year. ...

... from 2012, public higher education will be funded on the basis of student demand. The Government is investing funding of $491 million over 2009-10 to 2012-13 to fund a Commonwealth supported place for all undergraduate domestic students accepted into an eligible, accredited higher education course at a recognised public higher education provider.

... the new Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) will oversee the development of strengthened quality assurance arrangements and protect the overall quality of the Australian higher education system. It will accredit providers, evaluate the performance of institutions and programs, encourage best practice, streamline current regulatory arrangements and provide greater national consistency. ...

From: Higher Education and the Professions in 2011 and Beyond, Professions Australia and Universities Australia, 2011

9.30 – 9.40 am Welcome and Introduction to the Program for the day: Don Larkin, President, Professions Australia / Glenn Withers, CEO, Universities Australia
9.40 – 9.55 am David Hazlehurst, Group Manager Higher Education, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR): A brief overview of the Higher Education reforms in the policy context...
9.55 – 10.20 am How is it envisaged that the student demand model will work? ...
  • Professor Elizabeth Deane Pro Vice Chancellor (Students) ANU ...
  • Professor Nick Shaw, Head of Pharmacy School University of Queensland ...
10.20 – 10.35 am Philip Bullock, Chair Skills Australia: Public interest oversight of the student demand model from a skills perspective ...
10.35 – 11.15am The Questions So Far: Discussion Facilitated by
  • Alex Malley CEO of CPA Australia
  • Terry Aulich CEO Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
  • Professor Elizabeth Deane
  • Professor Nick Shaw
11.15 – 11.30am Morning Tea
11.30 – 11.50 am Professor Denise Bradley, Interim Chair of TEQSA: Where are we up to in the implementation phase? How it is proposed that TEQSA will work in practice...
11.50am – 1pm The role of others in the accreditation sphere:
  • Martin Fletcher CEO Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA) and the Accreditation Councils for the health professions
  • Professional bodies: Alex Malley, Terry Aulich, Professor Nick Shaw
1.00 - 2.00pm Lunch
2.00 – 3.30pm Discussions: How does it all fit together to produce the next generations of professionals?
3.30 – 4.00 pm Wrap up. We should have at least worked out all the questions, even if we do not have all the answers just yet.

From: Program, Workshop on Higher Education and the Professions 2011 and Beyond, Professions Australia and Universities Australia, 2011

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