COPHE welcomes Torrens University Australia’s Vice Chancellor to its Board

The Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE) has appointed Professor Justin Beilby, Vice Chancellor of Torrens University, to its Board.

COPHE is delighted to welcome Professor Beilby to our governance board.  Professor Beilby brings a wealth of experience in the higher education sector and will make an important contribution to COPHE and our advancement of independent higher education.


COPHE – Quality Independent Higher Education

The Council of Private Higher Education Inc. (COPHE) is a peak body representing Australian independent higher education providers. Our members promote equity, choice and diversity in the sector. COPHE was established in 2001 in recognition of the growing number of students choosing an independent higher education. COPHE represents high-quality independent providers who are committed to the best educational opportunities for students and promoting equity and best practice in Australian education.

The independent higher education sector in Australia has been growing steadily and now enrols 10 per cent of Australian higher education students.

From the CEO

The Council of Private Higher Education is a peak body for Australia’s quality private higher education providers.

Our members are a key part of Australia’s higher education system – a system respected worldwide for its educational and research outcomes. With a focus on equity, diversity and choice, COPHE members provide Australian and international students with educational opportunities through courses that reflect student demand and career choices.  Our members provide higher education opportunities in fields including law, agriculture, business administration, art and design, photography, theology, hospitality, taxation, auditing and governance.