Congratulations to this year’s NSW International Student Awards winners!

  • Schools – Tung Linh Ha (Vietnam, Beverly Hills Girls High School)
  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) – Shuang Zhang (China, University of Newcastle)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) – Elise Hyoin Lee (South Korea, TAFE NSW Ultimo)
  • Higher Education – Jami Emerson (United States, Australian Catholic University)

These individuals have made outstanding and selfless contributions to the local community and have shown leadership and courage, overcoming a range of challenges in 2020.

NEAS also congratulates the two winners of the NSW International Student Community Engagement Awards;

  • Business and Community – The University of Wollongong and community partners’ ‘Food+ with Care Project’
  • Education Providers –  The Macquarie Student Success Support Package initiative

ACET Vietnam Quality Review

Congratulations to ACET Vietnam on successful completion of their 2020 Quality Review! ACET has been a member of NEAS since 2011. Managed by IDP Education, ACET delivers the UTS Insearch Academic English program along with additional courses across four centres in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. A common theme emerging from the surveys and focus groups was a recognition and appreciation of a highly professional and supportive academic team.

ACET’s 1-1 lessons have been a huge hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, and students appear to be very well cared for and supported at the Centre. One student commented “I love ACET to the moon and back. It is my dream centre to study.”

NEAS Management Conference 2021 – Do it YOUR way!

We are excited to embrace the opportunities offered by modern technology. Next year’s conference might seem a little different to previous years…. We’re reaching delegates far and wide through a refreshed digital lens that will allow you to access even more content than ever before. So, if you can’t attend in person, you won’t be missing out on anything!

In addition to a full 2 days of livestreamed content, broadcasted from Sydney’s Doltone House, you can download 25+ presentations, say hello and chat to partners in our Virtual Expo, and live stream speaker sessions to create a program unique to you.

Our conference will be an unparalleled opportunity to connect and network with industry stakeholders, hear from experienced speakers and get exclusive access to the latest industry developments from our sponsors.

The 2021 conference will feature:

  • A blended experience offering – attend in person or online
  • 28 speakers from around the world
  • 20+ exhibitors
  • An exclusive CEO Roundtable Harbour Cruise
  • Ample networking opportunities in a premium setting
  • It’s all about content, content, content! Before, during and after!

Tickets will be going on sale soon – stay tuned for more updates.

Safety for students at your ELT Centre

Join Robert Chasse and Joanna Storti from Sonder, to discuss an innovative approach to delivering and scaling student support through COVID, and in a heightened remote learning environment.  The webinar will focus on providing NEAS members with an overview of how Sonder can support institutions with international student re-entry, quarantine support, mental health support, and managing risk through this highly disruptive time for the ELICOS sector.

Throughout the webinar, NEAS members will be invited to share feedback on the current challenges they face in providing consistent, high quality, and multilingual student support.  As a sector, how will we position ourselves competitively in the current fragile international student market? How will we assure and demonstrate the quality of our support programs both on and offshore? and how will ensure a consistent framework for personalised mental health support? These are some of the big questions we’ll aim to unpack in this session.

Speaker Bios

Joanna Storti is the Head of Education at Sonder and leads the education team across partner development and partner success. Joanna is a senior international education specialist with 20 years of experience across tertiary student recruitment, business development, marketing, partnerships, student mobility, and program development.

Robert Chasse is the Education Partnerships Manager at Sonder, where he is responsible for ensuring the successful integration of the Sonder service for new partners and enhancing the quality of support and reporting for existing partners. With 15 years of experience in the international education sector, Robert effectively navigates environments typified by change and complex issues to deliver results and innovate how organisations achieve their strategic priorities.

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First NEAS Master Practitioner in ELT!

Congratulations to David Ferguson on becoming the first person to complete the NEAS Master Practitioner in ELT course! Worth 20 NEAS CPD points, this course is for the ELT professional who is working, teaching or studying in the ELT field and has gained considerable experience in applying quality assurance principles in their professional practice.

The course provides opportunities to demonstrate and apply knowledge, skills and experience with the NEAS Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) to the ELT context. The Master Practitioner course is the capstone course and a culmination of the NEAS Online Professional Development journey.

To find out more about the NEAS Master Practitioner in ELT course, visit

or contact NEAS on +61 2 9055 9275 or at neas@neas.org.au.

Hills International Education

Congratulations to Hills International Education (HIE) – the ELICOS arm of The Hills Grammar School on a successful Quality Review outcome for 2020. HIE is located in a beautiful bushland campus in Kenthurst, 45 minutes from Sydney’s CBD. The school offers HSP at four levels, and ELICOS students are integrated into mainstream classes for mathematics, physical education and a well-being program.

Due to smaller class numbers, students at HIE receive high levels of attention and individual support. Flexibility and the ability to tailor content and delivery styles to individual students is a key feature of the HIE program, and students could articulate how teachers provided materials and support for them to develop in their individual areas for improvement.

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Melbourne Language Centre, Perth campus

NEAS wishes to congratulate Melbourne Language Centre, Perth campus, on achieving NEAS Quality Endorsement! Melbourne Language Centre (Perth) is part of the well-established Melbourne based conglomerate, Acknowledge Education that has been a NEAS member for more than 28 years. The Perth campus currently has both General English and EAP on scope and began delivering ELICOS in late September 2019 for mostly pathway students that were packaged with VET or HE courses.

Teachers and professional staff noted that the centre had provided excellent support for students during the COVID-19 pandemic, including surveying students in regard to the functionality of the platform, regular checking on their mental health and offering a food-bank to help support their cost of living during this time.

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Imagine Education Australia – QRV 2020

Congratulations to Imagine Education Australia for successfully completing their 2020 NEAS Quality Review. Imagine Education Australia has enjoyed a long association with NEAS, having achieved full accreditation of its Southport campus in 2007.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Imagine Education was delivering a full range of ELICOS courses, including General English, EAP, various test preparation courses as well as HSP. All students in the focus group agreed that the flexibility, empathy and genuine care shown by the team at Imagine Education during the COVID-19 pandemic was highly appreciated.

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USQ College

NEAS congratulates USQ College for successfully completing their virtual Quality Review for 2020. ELICOS courses currently offered are General and Academic English, both of which the College continues to offer fully online.

NEAS commends USQ College in particular for its thorough provision and accessibility of student support services as well as its strong professional learning, development and staff enrichment processes.

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