2005 – A National Quality Strategy for Australian Transnational Education and Training

Attachment: CAPA Submission

CAPA’s concerns about quality in the provision of education for international students onshore have been enumerated in several recent submissions including to the DEST Evaluation of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 and to the DIMIA review of Options for Regulating Migration Agents Overseas and the Immigration Related Activities of Education Agents. These submissions raised the inadequacy of the quality assurance mechanisms that apply onshore, yet even these minimal quality assurance provisions do not exist for offshore students.

CAPA welcomes the release of the discussion paper. Offshore programs of Australian universities have been expanding rapidly without any overall investigation regarding quality assurance. This submission will focus on the issues as they relate to higher education and in particular to postgraduate education.