Academic journal article The ACPET Journal for Private Higher Education

Foreword

Academic journal article The ACPET Journal for Private Higher Education

Foreword

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This second edition of The ACPET Journal for Private Higher Education for 2013 is being published following the election of a new government in Australia. The change of government has resulted in changes to the policy direction for the higher education sector. The opening commentary is therefore timely as it provides an overview of the current state-of-play affecting this sector, with particular consideration of the private sector.

In view of the evolving landscape in higher education, ACPET commissioned, and has recently released, a research report highlighting the current trends in higher education, and the growth and diversity of non-university higher education providers. The full report, which is available on the ACPET website, emphasises the significant contribution of private higher education providers in developing a truly diverse, flexible and responsive higher education system of high quality. A snapshot of this report is provided in this issue.

It is always interesting to read through the wide range of topics covered in the ACPET journal. This edition is no exception, with two further articles presenting, on the one hand, a discussion on academic governance in NUHEP institutions, and on the other hand, an international perspective of the status of private higher education in Saudi Arabia, focusing on their rapid growth, their quality and accessibility, in particular for women. …

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