Identifying the Challenges and Opportunities for Private Sector Higher Education Providers in a Globalised World

Think Education Group, Australia

Think Education Group, Australia

Vivian ALLEN
Think Education Group, Australia


Higher education (HE) in Australia includes 40 universities (out of which 3 are private) and 129 private sector providers (TEQSA, 2013). What this therefore indicates is that HE within Australia is predominantly being supplied by private sector providers.

Currently 43% offer courses at the post-graduate level, 8% offer research degrees, 36% offer fee-help courses and 37% are approved to deliver courses to overseas students (TEQSA, 2013).

Private sector providers within HE are expected to grow in the coming years and in fact make up the majority of new entrants into the educational market place (Ryan, 2012). Between 2009 and 2012, these private providers experienced a 22.3% growth in student enrolments indicating that they are an extremely important segment to Australia's educational market and that their courses are valued and recognised by the Australian consumer (Edwards & Radloff, 2013).

With this in mind, the challenges and opportunities that private sector providers face within Australia while operating in a globalised world need to be examined. It is important to note that these challenges and opportunities are different from those faced by government and public run providers hence why the need that they are identified and discussed.

This poster will therefore showcase these challenges and opportunities faced by private sector providers around four key areas - operational, financial, marketing and academic. Insights from our own experience along with research into relevant literature as well as the findings from interviews and discussions with key stakeholders will be used as the basis to prepare this poster.

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