Sydney, 23 April: ECA is excited to announce the acquisition of IT Masters, an industry-based education company that partners with Charles Sturt University (CSU) to develop a unique series of online Master degree qualifications that are accessible, affordable, accredited and relevant for students and professionals seeking careers in IT in Australia.

This strategic acquisition of IT Masters provides ECA the opportunity to offer quality education to domestic students and make an inroad into the online learning space in particular. ECA has predominantly focused on the international student market in the past, having supported over 7000 students in their higher education and career aspirations.

IT Masters has been in a partnership with Charles Sturt University for over 17 years, specialising in remote and online delivery of Master of IT courses. This partnership has established CSU as a market leader in postgraduate IT courses in Australia.

IT Masters covers student acquisition largely by offering free short courses online, a certain proportion of this student cohort then converts to full fee-paying master students. The company’s online Master degrees are fully accredited under the Australian Government Qualifications Framework and offer students unique opportunities to explore career paths in the Information and Communication Technology industry, which remains one of the most employable sectors with Australia and around the globe.

“Our aim is to expand our offerings and continue to make a difference for the domestic student base as well,” states Gavin Dowling, Chief Operating Officer at ECA. “The ECA management and CSU management are very excited by this partnership to further develop the offering and look forward to enhancing student experience in every way.”

ECA is doing more in this time of crisis to offer students and professionals a way to transition to the workforce or upskill with online learning. To that end, ECA has recently developed its online learning platform ECA Online (EOL) offering a range of diploma certificate and graduate certificate programs at ECA. The company has also established a student support fund in response to the COVID-19 situation to assist students with various scholarships off tuition fees and flexible payment options across its colleges and partner universities.


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Phone: +61 2 8265 3200

With the developing situation around COVID-19 coronavirus, we believe that encouraging ‘social distancing’ (avoidance of unnecessary groups and interactions) is the need of the hour and in the best interest of everyone.

Hence, we will be moving to a partial shutdown. This means that students will be moved to remote (online and digitally supported) learning.

Please note, we will NOT be closing the campuses. All campuses will remain open for now, but with limited staff. Students will be able to attend, but not for classes. Students can get in touch with Student Services for any questions. Further details available campus by campus and college by college.

It is not clear yet how long this will be in place, but best estimates are that we will continue with the remote study for some time – more than a few weeks. We will, of course be providing updates in the meantime.

  • VU Sydney: will suspend study for one week for students from 23 March, resuming study remotely from 30 March. All staff will continue to work throughout.
  • Swinburne Sydney: has suspended study for one week this week, resuming study remotely from 23 March. All staff will continue to work throughout.
  • APIC: will suspend study for one week for students from 23 March, resuming study remotely from 30 March. All staff will continue to work throughout.
  • ELSIS: will move to remote study from 23 March. All staff will continue to work throughout.
    More information:
  • ECA College: Classes are approaching the end of term. In the week beginning 23rd March, all end of term review weeks will be conducted remotely (via zoom).
    Thereafter, there is a break and classes will resume from week commencing 13 April but be delivered remotely via zoom.
  • Professional Year: The governing bodies of the Professional Year along with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) are reviewing all provider recommendations for offering the PY via online/ remote delivery. ECA PY awaits the approval for remote/online can we shift to online delivery.

    In the meantime, students are asked to come to college as per normal until this situation changes. ECA PY anticipates a shift to remote/online delivery for PY students will happen very soon and are preparing to ensure minimal disruption to student’s studies.

    Students are advised to check your emails regularly in relation to updates – within a fast-changing situation.

    Should there be any further queries or concern, do not hesitate to contact:
    PY Student Services at
    ECA Student Services at
    Emergency enquiries: Luciano D’Ambrosi – General Manager 0408 868 897

  • ECA Shared Services / Corporate: For now it’s business as usual, and all staff will continue to work throughout.

Please remember that we are open, just operating in a different way to support our students and staff in the best possible manner, while prioritising their health and well being. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or need assistance.

Keep safe and stay positive.

#ECAsupport #InItTogether #StaySafeStayHealthy

Gavin Dowling
ECA Chief Operating Officer
T: 02 8260 3200
M: 0404 438 413

As you all know, the Australian government has moved to restrict visitors to Australia by imposing 14 days of self-isolation on all new arrivals, effective from Monday 16 March. This is one of the measures designed to help reduce the spread of the virus which continues to develop around the world.

Within ECA we are continuing to monitor developments and take advice on the best way to proceed. This includes preparing plans for the possibility of a future temporary shutdown of campuses with a move to students studying remotely. The planning will ensure that we are ready for this possible scenario. For now, however, we continue as normal and there is no reason to believe that the risk has increased significantly for most.

Once again, we urge everyone to take extra special care with personal hygiene – especially washing of hands – and to ensure that anyone who is showing flu-like symptoms (coughing and fever) self-isolates at home and seeks medical advice. This is in your own interest and in the interest of others.

If you are anxious or have any questions please speak with Student Services.

Please monitor your emails regularly as this will be the most effective way for us to provide you with updates.


Contact Gavin Dowling (Chief Operating Officer) for any clarifications:

T:02 8260 3200
M: 0404 438 413

The recent 2019 incarnation of the Australian International Education Conference in Perth served as a forum to celebrate IDP Australia’s 50th anniversary. General Manager VET and ELICOS Thorsten Wilhelm represented ELSIS as part of a themed session on good practice in, and the future of, pathway programs. They presented on “The future of pathway programs – leading the way with the entrenchment model”.

Thorsten Wilhelm said entering tertiary academic life in an English-speaking country can be daunting for students.

Although pathway programs are designed to equip students with the tools required to succeed in their tertiary studies, traditionally, these programs have been conducted in isolation.

“The future of pathway programs is the provision of continuing nurture and support through an entrenchment model, developed in collaboration and consultation with academics of further studies courses.”

Participants of Thorsten’s session learned about the creation of sound and holistic pathway programs in collaboration and consultation with VET and higher education providers. The session was based on the implementation of ELSIS’ recently launched entrenchment model pathway program, which sets students up for success by supporting them throughout their journey.

ELSIS’ new Academic Preparation Program, which has been developed in close collaboration with academics from partner universities, pursues a topic-centric approach and includes guided research sessions, an Academic Culture Chapter, as well as an Entrenchment Model. During the first six weeks of their university study, ELSIS gives students ongoing support to ease their entry into the academic world and help their transition into their tertiary studies.

This new Academic Preparation Program aims to continuously develop and integrate new materials into its courses and is based around close collaboration between all stakeholders. This includes teachers, academics and, most importantly, listening to the ever-changing needs of international students.


ECA Outstanding Achiever Award

Australia’s leaders in tertiary education flocked to Adelaide last week for the Tertiary Education Management Conference and to celebrate the ATEM/Campus Morning Mail Best Practice Awards in Tertiary Education Management.

Victoria University’s Trish McCluskey, Director Connected Learning, was awarded the ECA Award for the Outstanding Achiever 2019. Ms McCluskey has worked in this role for 3 years. She is a dedicated professional passionate about authentic learning, creative teaching and distributed leadership.

Trish went above and beyond her normal work responsibilities. She provided outstanding service in her field. With a career spanning the full spectrum of tertiary education in Australia and New Zealand in a variety of roles for more than 30 years, Trish is a worthy recipient of this prestigious annual award. Congratulations on your well-deserved success!

The partnership between ECA and Swinburne University of Technology will provide the delivery of master degrees in information technology and construction management to international students.

The ECA and SUT teams are very excited about the new partnership and great growth opportunities it brings to both organisations.

“We’re very excited to announce our partnership with Swinburne and we have been working very closely with their team to drive the initiative in Sydney and offer to our international students the opportunity to study at this incredible university,” says Rodrigo Guimaraes, Head of Student Recruitment at ECA.

“Graduates from the offered courses are in high demand with the growing international and national shortage of experts in digital technologies. Swinburne’s new programs in Sydney will fill a niche in the Sydney market for international students looking for courses to meet the workforce of the future, and deliver high quality graduate outcomes,” says Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Duncan Bentley.

In all education partnerships, academic quality assurance and governance are followed rigorously in the establishment and delivery of courses.

“Swinburne is committed to providing excellent outcomes in learning and is dedicated to delivering outstanding experiences for our students to help them achieve their professional purpose,” says Professor Bentley.

The first student intake is September 2019, followed by the next intake in January 2020.

Postgraduate courses available include:

  • Master of Information Technology (bachelor degree in a non-IT discipline)
  • Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing) (bachelor degree in IT)
  • Master of Construction and Infrastructure Management (bachelor or qualification in related area)

Please do not hesitate to contact ECA for more information.

Australia 1800 595 333
+61 2 9160 7788 for International

© Swinburne CRICOS Provider Code 00111D

Mr Rupesh Singh, CEO of Education Centre of Australia met with the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi to discuss higher education in India plus various sport training opportunities and Smart City concepts.

Mr Singh, also discussed at length, the challenge of the goods and services tax (GST) faced by Indian education agents and the confusion that exists about the application of the tax on overseas education often increasing expenses faced by Indian education agents by 18%.

Mr Rupesh Singh, CEO of Education Centre of Australia met with the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi to discuss higher education in India plus various sport training opportunities and Smart City concepts.

Prime Minister Mr Modi and Mr Singh discussed how the Indian Government can help to remove challenges faced by Indian students who have studied in Australia, including recognition of master qualifications that are less than two years in duration, and qualifications that have been attained through pathway programs.

Mr Singh also discussed the Smart Cities Challenge (an initiative that encourages Indian cities to deliver on projects that foster sustainable development). Prime Minister Mr Modi, appreciated the positive work of Australian Universities in this vital area of research.

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