The recent 2019 incarnation of the Australian International Education Conference in Perth served as a forum to celebrate IDP Australia’s 50th anniversary. General Manager VET and ELICOS Thorsten Wilhelm represented ELSIS as part of a themed session on good practice in, and the future of, pathway programs. They presented on “The future of pathway programs – leading the way with the entrenchment model”.

Thorsten Wilhelm said entering tertiary academic life in an English-speaking country can be daunting for students.

Although pathway programs are designed to equip students with the tools required to succeed in their tertiary studies, traditionally, these programs have been conducted in isolation.

“The future of pathway programs is the provision of continuing nurture and support through an entrenchment model, developed in collaboration and consultation with academics of further studies courses.”

Participants of Thorsten’s session learned about the creation of sound and holistic pathway programs in collaboration and consultation with VET and higher education providers. The session was based on the implementation of ELSIS’ recently launched entrenchment model pathway program, which sets students up for success by supporting them throughout their journey.

ELSIS’ new Academic Preparation Program, which has been developed in close collaboration with academics from partner universities, pursues a topic-centric approach and includes guided research sessions, an Academic Culture Chapter, as well as an Entrenchment Model. During the first six weeks of their university study, ELSIS gives students ongoing support to ease their entry into the academic world and help their transition into their tertiary studies.

This new Academic Preparation Program aims to continuously develop and integrate new materials into its courses and is based around close collaboration between all stakeholders. This includes teachers, academics and, most importantly, listening to the ever-changing needs of international students.


ECA Outstanding Achiever Award

Australia’s leaders in tertiary education flocked to Adelaide last week for the Tertiary Education Management Conference and to celebrate the ATEM/Campus Morning Mail Best Practice Awards in Tertiary Education Management.

Victoria University’s Trish McCluskey, Director Connected Learning, was awarded the ECA Award for the Outstanding Achiever 2019. Ms McCluskey has worked in this role for 3 years. She is a dedicated professional passionate about authentic learning, creative teaching and distributed leadership.

Trish went above and beyond her normal work responsibilities. She provided outstanding service in her field. With a career spanning the full spectrum of tertiary education in Australia and New Zealand in a variety of roles for more than 30 years, Trish is a worthy recipient of this prestigious annual award. Congratulations on your well-deserved success!

The partnership between ECA and Swinburne University of Technology will provide the delivery of master degrees in information technology and construction management to international students.

The ECA and SUT teams are very excited about the new partnership and great growth opportunities it brings to both organisations.

“We’re very excited to announce our partnership with Swinburne and we have been working very closely with their team to drive the initiative in Sydney and offer to our international students the opportunity to study at this incredible university,” says Rodrigo Guimaraes, Head of Student Recruitment at ECA.

“Graduates from the offered courses are in high demand with the growing international and national shortage of experts in digital technologies. Swinburne’s new programs in Sydney will fill a niche in the Sydney market for international students looking for courses to meet the workforce of the future, and deliver high quality graduate outcomes,” says Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Duncan Bentley.

In all education partnerships, academic quality assurance and governance are followed rigorously in the establishment and delivery of courses.

“Swinburne is committed to providing excellent outcomes in learning and is dedicated to delivering outstanding experiences for our students to help them achieve their professional purpose,” says Professor Bentley.

The first student intake is September 2019, followed by the next intake in January 2020.

Postgraduate courses available include:

  • Master of Information Technology (bachelor degree in a non-IT discipline)
  • Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing) (bachelor degree in IT)
  • Master of Construction and Infrastructure Management (bachelor or qualification in related area)

Please do not hesitate to contact ECA for more information.

[email protected]

Australia 1800 595 333
+61 2 9160 7788 for International

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Mr Rupesh Singh, CEO of Education Centre of Australia met with the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi to discuss higher education in India plus various sport training opportunities and Smart City concepts.

Mr Singh, also discussed at length, the challenge of the goods and services tax (GST) faced by Indian education agents and the confusion that exists about the application of the tax on overseas education often increasing expenses faced by Indian education agents by 18%.

Mr Rupesh Singh, CEO of Education Centre of Australia met with the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi to discuss higher education in India plus various sport training opportunities and Smart City concepts.

Prime Minister Mr Modi and Mr Singh discussed how the Indian Government can help to remove challenges faced by Indian students who have studied in Australia, including recognition of master qualifications that are less than two years in duration, and qualifications that have been attained through pathway programs.

Mr Singh also discussed the Smart Cities Challenge (an initiative that encourages Indian cities to deliver on projects that foster sustainable development). Prime Minister Mr Modi, appreciated the positive work of Australian Universities in this vital area of research.

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