Volume 6, Edition 5 – August 2010
ATN in PROFILE
The ATN continues to actively engage with the Australian Qualifications Framework Council as it continues its development of a robust AQF. As a group of universities committed to the improvement of the national post‐compulsory education agenda, the ATN reiterates its support for the review of the AQF and its role to ensure it reflects and promotes the best outcomes for Australian post‐compulsory education.
In its recent submission to the consultation paper ‘Strengthening the AQF: a framework for Australia’s qualifications” the ATN welcomed the inclusion of generic skills as a defining characteristic of the revised Framework.
ATN Chair, Professor Ross Milbourne says, “As a Network, we have a renowned history in developing and applying explicit strategy to embed relevant generic capabilities in courses in which students are enrolled. With a commitment to providing high quality professional and vocational education, research oriented towards the needs of industry and the community, and a genuine focus on international education, the ATN has long recognised the benefits of generic skills - better learning and employability.”
With the objective of a framework that supports a quality higher education sector both domestically and internationally, the ATN is calling for the Framework to continuously develop to take account of both national and international developments that may affect best practice.
“While we understand that there has been reference to international approaches during its development, it would make sense that the AQF was tested against international frameworks before final approval and implementation.”
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