23 March 2023

NEAS Australia Sparks Interest Among ASEAN Universities: Promoting Educational Excellence of English Language Teaching Community

AUN Writer Team

By Chanya Chinsukserm, AUN Programme Officer

NEAS Australia, a leading quality assurance organisation for the English language teaching (ELT) industry, held its Introduction Meeting online at the ASEAN University Network (AUN) Secretariat on 14 March 2023. The event saw an impressive turnout, with 45 participants from 15 universities across 7 countries in the ASEAN region, demonstrating a keen interest in learning more about NEAS and its services.

The NEAS Introduction Meeting served as an opportunity for participants to gain insights into NEAS Australia's role in the ELT sector, its standards for quality assurance, and the services it provides to institutions seeking to improve their English language programmes. The meeting emphasised the collaboration between NEAS Australia and AUN, highlighting the importance of partnership and multilateral cooperation in the pursuit of educational excellence.

During the event, Dr. Patrick Pheasant, Chief Executive Officer of NEAS presented a detailed overview of NEAS Australia's history, missions, and functions, focusing on the importance of quality English language programmes in preparing students for success in today's globalised world. He highlighted NEAS Australia's quality assuring process, which involves a rigorous evaluation of an institution's English language programmes under a set of internationally recognised standards. 

The session also featured a Q&A session, where participants had the opportunity to ask insightful questions about NEAS Australia's roles and services. The interactive and engaging discussion allowed participants to better understand how NEAS Australia could assist their institutions in improving the quality of their ELT professionals.

The online meeting was a great success, and many participants expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to learn more about NEAS and its work. They also expressed their interest in exploring potential collaborations with NEAS to improve the quality of their English language programmes.

By joining forces, AUN and NEAS Australia aim at improving the quality of ELT professionals in the ASEAN region and are committed to promoting the highest standards of English language teaching and learning, ensuring that students in the region receive the best possible education. The two organisations are well-positioned to drive positive change in ELT, promote educational excellence, and contribute to the sustainable development of the region.