Quality Assurance Framework
At an organisational level, the Quality Assurance Framework reflects a strong commitment to evidence- based decision-making and continuous improvement. This is consistent with THINK’s aim to achieve excellence in all aspects of its work through accountability, collaboration and teamwork, and a student- centred approach to learning and teaching.
The Quality Assurance Framework is designed to maintain the highest standards in meeting regulatory and legislative requirements. THINK values feedback and participation from staff and students in enhancing its effectiveness and acknowledges the importance of external reference points in monitoring and measuring performance.
The Quality Assurance Framework is set out as below:
The Quality Assurance Framework has embedded the Plan, Implement, Monitor/Review, and Improve (PIMI) quality assurance and continuous improvement model as shown below.
This framework enables THINK to achieve its strategic promises, ensure quality outcomes and meet its statutory and regulatory obligations. THINK is committed to the following quality management principles:
The Governing Board actively oversees quality assurance through responsiveness to periodic reports on the quality of academic programs, including reviews and reports on delivery of programs with other parties onshore and offshore that lead to a THINK award, as well as regular review of academic quality risks.
The Academic Board is responsible for quality assurance of all academic activities, including active oversight of policies and procedures relating to quality assurance, academic quality benchmarking projects and actions arising, effectiveness of academic integrity processes, and academic standards in teaching and scholarship in accordance with the THINK Learning and Teaching Plan.
The Executive Learning and Teaching Committee oversees learning and teaching and provides the Academic Board with strategic analysis and advice on a regular basis on learning and teaching, and course performance to enable measurement of outcomes and trends.
At a Vertical level, the Vertical Learning and Teaching Committees provide advice to the Executive Learning and Teaching Committee, the Academic Board and THINK’s Executive in undertaking the following tasks:
"We are the agitators for an education revolution."
Linda Brown, CEO
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Think Education is creating a new era of thinkers. We’re challenging the myopic and stereotypical thinking of the education system, and rebuilding it to suit a new-generation of learners.
But driving a movement cannot be solved only by brilliant individuals. We need creative thinkers and risk-takers who can confidently work together to drive innovative change and challenge the way things have always been done.
Our community of students, staff and industry share the same attributes;
Others may look at what someone has already achieved or how they’ve fit into a formula of old. We think differently. We embrace the people we see today, the passion that drives them and their potential to change the world.
We’ll develop and inspire you to become the best you can and reach your full potential.
We think as a community and connect regularly through social and career development events.
We like setting new benchmarks that help make sense of a world where change is the only constant.
Volunteer leave, annual leave extensions, salary sacrificing and health and fitness discounts are all part of our picture.
I felt that there was a bigger picture and a common goal that all the employees at Think Education had to work towards.
I enjoy working for a company that is committed and passionate about education and changing the way people think about study.
I like working at Think because of its dynamic and evolving work environment and great company culture, which fosters diversity and collaboration.
Think Education’s Board oversees operational performance and discusses the strategic direction of the group. Board members include:
Michael is Managing Director Asia Pacific, Laureate International Universities. He most recently served as founding President of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s (RMIT) University in Vietnam, where he established 2 campuses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Previously, he was the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam and Laos, founding CEO of the Australian Television Network at the ABC, and has served as a member of the Australian diplomatic corps in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, France and Italy.
Neel serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Laureate Education’s Asia operations. In his current role, Neel is responsible for the growth and development of key growth markets for Laureate including Australia & New Zealand, China, India and South-East Asia. Immediately prior to this role, Neel was based in Washington DC as Chief Strategy Officer for Laureate Education’s worldwide operations. Between 2008 and 2015, Neel was based in New Delhi as CEO for Laureate India, and in Hong Kong as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Laureate Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Laureate in 2008, Neel has worked and lived in the United States, Europe, South Asia and South-East Asia. He has served as a private equity investor with Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and ICV Capital Partners in New York, an investment banker at Deutsche Bank in New York and London, and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York, Singapore and Manila.
Linda is Chief Executive Officer, Think Education; President, Torrens University Australia and CEO Laureate Australia. Prior to joining Think in 2013, Linda was Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director TAFE at Swinburne University, Melbourne. Prior to Swinburne, Linda held the position of Director of Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE in Brisbane and was a senior Queensland Government executive with the Department of Education, Training and the Arts. She also has global business and educational experience, including Corporate CEO, Futures Stockbroker, Managing Director Dartington Tech UK and Director of Stoke-on-Trent FE College.
Marcus is the Chief Financial Officer – Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at Laureate International Universities, a position he has held since 2015. Marcus joined Laureate from Stryker International where he held the position of VP Finance. Prior to joining Stryker, Marcus held various Senior Finance and CFO roles for AstraZeneca in the UK, Switzerland and Venezuela. Marcus received a BCom Honours in Business Administration and Economics from The University of Edinburgh as well as an MBA from the London Business School. Marcus is also CIMA qualified.
Michael is Regional Counsel – Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at Laureate International Universities. Prior to joining Laureate he was a partner at DLA Piper, a leading global law firm and has practised as a solicitor for over 35 years.
Paula is the first Chief Network Officer (CNO) of Laureate Education. As CNO she is responsible for establishing the Laureate Network Office (LNO) and achieving its mission of executing on the power of the Laureate International Universities network to be a distinct advantage for the organisation and a disruptive force in higher education. In this role, Ms. Singer extends collaboration, innovation and best practices of faculty and staff throughout the 80 institutions of higher education in 28 countries that are part of the Laureate International Universities network for the benefit of the more than 1 million students enrolled at a Laureate institution. Under her leadership, the LNO is supporting and strengthening the quality education offered by Laureate institutions, focusing particularly on digital teaching and learning, academic excellence, student success and career readiness, and category management for global verticals such as health sciences and engineering.
Think Education’s Academic Board Members oversee the quality assurance of all Think Colleges’ faculties and academic activities, including the maintenance of high standards in teaching and scholarship.
PhD (U Calif at Berkeley), MTCP (U Syd), B Econ (Hons) (U Qld), FAICD
David Wilmoth is Director of Learning Cities International Pty Ltd, an advisory and project management company for education and urban development. He works with private, government and multilateral clients in the start-up and expansion of education institutions, institutional expansion, regulatory compliance and public-private partnership transactions, working in over thirty countries.
He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Environmental Design and Construction and now Emeritus Professor of RMIT University. He was a long-standing member of the Academic Board and led the higher education sector, international development and other portfolios. He led the build-up of RMIT’s international student body and was foundation CEO of RMIT University Vietnam, now a major branch campus, along with campuses and partnership programs in many other countries.
He is a director of the Australia-Vietnam Education Promotion Association, which provides university scholarships to Australians of Vietnamese background, and a director of AFS Intercultural Programs Australia, part of the world’s largest program of secondary student exchange. He was a director and CEO of Monash International and Monash College, the university’s pathway provider, and chair of the board of Royal Children’s Hospital International and Melbourne’s Knowledge Precinct. He was President (Victoria) of the Australia-Africa Business Council.
David teaches a masters-level course in decision-making and governance at the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. He has degrees in economics and planning from the Universities of Queensland, Sydney, and California at Berkeley, and graduate certificates in educational leadership and management from Harvard University and the University of Melbourne.
Linda joined Think as Chief Executive Officer on 1 May 2013. Linda is also appointed as CEO Laureate Australia and President of Torrens University Australia. Linda has more than 23 years of management experience in the education sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. Her background is diverse, incorporating leadership experience in the areas of private, public, government, social enterprise, commercial and education. Linda is recognised at state and national levels as an innovative strategic thinker with leadership skills to drive exceptional business performance and is passionate about education and training for all. Linda was previously Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director TAFE at Swinburne University, Melbourne where she was responsible for maximising the dual sector advantage, driving the sustainability and social inclusion strategies across the University and managing the TAFE Division. Previously, Linda held the position of Director of Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE in Brisbane and was a senior Queensland Government executive with the Department of Education, Training and the Arts. Her global business and educational experience includes Corporate CEO, Futures Stockbroker, Managing Director Dartington Tech UK and Director of Stoke-on-Trent FE College. Linda was also part of the UK Government’s rapid response team for the Further Education Funding Council, utilised to turn around failing colleges, and was part of the UK ‘think tank’ on education as a global business. Linda has presented nationally and internationally on leadership and female diversity and was identified by Management Today as one of “25 Australian women to watch”.
Julie’s role includes governance and risk advice, leading major cross business projects as well as supporting the development and implementation of our 2025 vision and strategic planning. Prior to joining Think Julie worked at Swinburne University as Director New Ventures and Innovations where, in conjunction with SEEK Ltd, she established Online Education Services Pty Ltd, the Swinburne and SEEK Ltd private company, which provides Swinburne courses online. Before Swinburne Julie was Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor (Services) at the University of Newcastle and spent a number of years as a senior public servant in New Zealand.
In his role Scott oversees the finance function. Scott’s previous roles include CFO at Next Athleisure (parent of Glue Clothing and TopShop) and CFO at Retail Adventures. Scott spent six years as Regional Financial Director at Belron Group in the UK, the world’s largest carglass replacement company, operating as O’Briens in Australia. Scott was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers for ten years and brings to us expertise in leading large complex transactions, including acquisitions and IPOs, developing high performance finance teams and strategic transformation of the finance function.
Justin is appointed to the role of Academic Director; he is also appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Torrens University Australia. Prior to taking on this role, he completed 10 years as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, which required oversight of all academic, educational and research programs. Responsible for budgeting and resource management. He led the academic development of a new $200 million Medical and Nursing School in the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct for the last two years. He has demonstrated experience and skills in research, both clinical and policy related, workforce planning, financial and people management, philanthropic funding, leading major capital programs, leading change programs and governance. Justin is a qualified practising General Practitioner, board member and leader in primary care/general practice reform in Australia over the past 20 years, combined with an extensive senior management career at the University of Adelaide. Justin is focused on driving a major growth phase that includes the development of vibrant academic communities across Business, Design, Health and Hospitality verticals, continued development and launch of new programs and national campus expansion.
Fabrizio joined Torrens as Chief Operating Officer from his previous role as CEO Laureate Italy, where he also led Laureate’s Milan-based design institutions, NABA and Domus Academy. Fabrizio has twenty years of experience in international marketing and general management in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector. He began his career in the commercial field in Italy, and has worked in senior management positions in France, Spain, the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Laureate, Fabrizio was General Manager of Colgate Palmolive in Europe. Fabrizio is responsible for the following operations of the business:
Hugo Contente formally joined Think in February 2018. Hugo holds a degree in psychology from Universidade de Lisboa, and an MBA from AESE / IESE – one of the leading business schools in Portugal. Hugo joined Laureate in 2011 as HR Director for Portugal, following a successful career in HR consultancy, focused on a range of training and development initiatives. In 2014 Hugo moved to Madrid, where he led the Student Services Department for Spain and Portugal, before becoming Vice President, Human Resources in 2016. In early 2017, Hugo transitioned to the role of Organizational and Talent Development Director for Laureate across Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific.
Hugo brings a great deal of practical experience having led Student Services and Human Resources for Laureate in Spain and Portugal, along with a great sense of humour, a naturally collaborative approach, a deep commitment to our mission, and an appreciation of balancing business needs with student outcomes.
Mark has been in the role of General Manager, Business, ELICOS & International, after being in the role of Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at Think. Mark has been in international education for the last 17 years, primarily in ELICOS and Higher Education and has lived and worked in a variety of overseas and domestic locations.
Mark is responsible for the business direction of the Business vertical, international student recruitment and admissions, student exchange and trimester abroad programs, as well as establishing and nurturing international pathways within the Laureate network, particularly in the AMEA region. Mark is involved in liaison with our offshore recruitment hubs and potential in country delivery options for Think globally, as well as dual qualifications and possible joint programs.
Darryn is responsible for the business direction of the Design vertical. Darryn’s career development has progressed through chartered accountancy, strategic planning, FMCG marketing, financial services marketing, loyalty, direct and digital agency leadership, and brand and retail advertising agency leadership across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
His career highlights include being the creator and leader of the highly successful GlobalPlus alliance of Air New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand, and Telecom. He also conceived and led the world’s first entry by a bank into the retail telecommunications and energy markets for LloydsTSB. In 2009 when appointed as the CEO of M&C Saatchi he became the first digital leader to take over the helm of a major advertising agency in New Zealand.
He is the founder of the Digital Leadership Group, and is passionate about the need for businesses to adapt to the emerging digital economy.
On January 3, 2018 Adam Smith joined Think as General Manager, Education and Corporate Affairs. Adam is responsible for the business direction of the Education vertical.
Adam joins Think from the US, where for the past three years he held the position of Executive Director, Global Public Affairs, at Laureate’s office in Miami, Florida. In this role, Adam led Laureate’s global Here for Good initiatives, helped establish Laureate as the world’s largest B Corp and Public Benefit Corporation, and led an international team responsible for media, external and executive communication, events, impact reporting, thought leadership, global non-profit partnerships, student experience, and network awards and scholarships.
Prior to joining Laureate in 2014, Adam worked for 15 years in education and philanthropy in Australia, holding positions which included CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, CEO of Education Foundation Australia, Chair of the Commonwealth government’s Family School Community Partnership Bureau, Board Member of the Australian Council of Educational Research, and Advisor to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership, Principals Australia Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to this, Adam was a regular commentator on education related issues for Australian media outlets.
Kath Curry has 30 years’ experience connecting people, ideas and practice in the education, health and government sectors. She has built a career as an innovative leader with integrity – from her first job as a nurse, through to her former role as Dean (VET College) at Victoria University. Kath has made an impact in remote NT indigenous communities, in Melbourne’s western region and in international markets. Kath is actively engaged in the skills and policy spheres with published research including an NCVER commissioned study. In 2009, she led significant workforce changes, serving as an advisor to the Western Australian Public Sector Commissioner where 35 of her 39 recommendations were adopted. Kath is responsible for the business direction of the Health vertical and is focused on continuing to grow the Health vertical both nationally and internationally with a focus on securing partners, quality, governance and workforce development.
Jerome started his career started in retail and FMCG, spending 10 years at Nestle Nespresso with a career progressing from Sales Manager UK then General Manager Australia to Regional Director Europe. In 2008 he was made General Manager of Movenpick Ice Cream Australia (part of the Nestle group) launching the first franchise network within Nestle. Jerome then joined BMIHMS Ltd as Marketing Director, taking BMIHMS to premium global positioning. After five years at BMIHMS, he was promoted to the position of COO, responsible for Sales & Marketing, Industry Relations, International Partners Relations and the newly created Blue Mountains Hospitality Consulting division. In 2015 he took the position of General Manager of BMIHMS Ltd. In late 2015 Jerome moved into the role of General Manager of Hospitality vertical at Think. Jerome is responsible for the business direction of the Hospitality vertical and leading the growth strategy for the vertical which covers BMIHMS@TUA and William Blue College of Hospitality Management.