Bringing Associations Together To Boost Performance


New peak body for Higher Education

The Board of the Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE) has endorsed a new identity for Australia’s leading peak body for independent higher education providers.

Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) represents Australia’s high quality independent higher education sector, bringing together the majority of Australia’s registered and accredited independent providers. 

IHEA members include large independent universities Bond and Torrens, internationally recognised education and pathway providers Navitas and Kaplan, business colleges including the Australian Institute of Management and Australian Institute of Business, large professional associations in tax, auditing and governance, and high-quality providers in disciplines including law, engineering, agricultural science, theology, nursing, teaching, design and photography. 

Dr Don Owers AM, IHEA Chair:

“Independent higher education provides students with great opportunities to achieve their educational aspirations and go on to have rewarding and enriching careers.”

Student enrolments in the independent sector are growing at a faster rate than in public universities.  Students are choosing the quality education, including greater individual attention and student support, that independent providers deliver.”

This new identity better reflects the nature of a growing representative peak body, with a diverse membership that is educating an increasing number of students.”

Mr Simon Finn, CEO IHEA:

“This new identity provides clarity to students, the community and the broader higher education sector.  It is widely recognised that Universities Australia represents public universities - it is now clear that Independent Higher Education Australia represents independent providers.”

For too long Australia’s independent providers have been identified by what they are not – non-universities - rather than what they are – independent higher education providers.”

Independent Higher Education Australia is a unique higher education peak body with a diverse and growing membership. This new identity reflects the growing contribution of the independent sector to quality Australian education.”

Taken from IHEA Media Release 30 January 2019 

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