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New COPHE CEO signs MoU with TEQSA

Incoming Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE) Chief Executive, Mr Simon Finn, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Australia’s Higher Education regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), CEO Mr Anthony McClaran.

Mr Finn, who commenced as COPHE CEO in mid-January, said signing the MoU with TEQSA was a key priority for COPHE as the peak body for high quality, private higher education providers.

“Australia’s private higher education providers deliver quality education services to Australian and international students,” Mr Finn said. “This MoU demonstrates the commitment of COPHE members to working with TEQSA to ensure academic programs and institutional governance continue to comply with quality standards.

“The Australian community expects higher education providers to deliver high quality education services, to comply with regulation and to provide transparency and student support in their administrative arrangements,” Mr Finn said. COPHE membership is only available to providers who commit to COPHE’s Code of Good Practice including corporate and academic governance, regulatory compliance and student support.

“This MoU builds on COPHE’s Code of Practice to provide assurance to students enrolled at COPHE member institutions that their institution is committed to the highest quality education experience,” Mr Finn said.

The MoU commits both parties to information sharing in the best interests of Australian higher education students whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality arrangements, privacy provisions and legislative compliance.

“Signing this MoU was my first priority as the CEO of COPHE,” Mr Finn said. “COPHE plays a vital role in higher education, including providing policy advice and analysis to regulators and government agencies. This MOU strengthens our ongoing relationship,” he said.

Contact: Simon Finn at simon.finn@cophe.edu.au or (02) 8021 0841.

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