Professor Michael Keppell from Taylor’s University Appointed Aspire DVC, Teaching & Learning

Aspire Institute and the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) is proud to announce the appointment of esteemed Professor Michael Keppell as Aspire Deputy Vice Chancellor, Teaching and Learning.

Having worked at eight universities across three countries, Dr Keppell brings to the role a wealth of experience, particularly in the dynamic area of learning and teaching.

Dr Keppell holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (Instructional Design) (1997) and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) (Curriculum and Instruction) (1989) from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; as well as a Bachelor of Education (Postgraduate) (B.Ed.) (1985) from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

His most recent post was as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor, Learning and Teaching, at Taylor’s University, the top private university in Malaysia. Other posts in Professor’s illustrious career include Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor, Learning Transformation at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and Professor Keppell has also held positions at the University of Melbourne and Central Queensland University.

“I have a passion for enhancing the staff and student experience in University learning and teaching. My work over the last 25 years has focused on the areas of learning design, learning engagement, assessment, professional development, learning spaces, e-learning and transformational change,” Dr Keppell said.

Dr Keppell will continue to build on ICMS’ recent TEQSA re-accreditation and the successful launch of several new course offerings. In 2020 ICMS was granted a successful renewal of ICMS Registration with Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), granted for the maximum seven years with no conditions, as well as the accreditation recently of 21 undergraduate courses, both for the maximum seven years with no conditions. The new TEQSA approved courses for Aspire Institute are:

“My vision for my work is to lead and develop a vibrant, leading edge learning and teaching culture that is centered on leveraging the current strengths of the organisation. I focus on working with staff to empower graduates who are resilient personalised learners who can navigate a ‘blended’ and ‘seamless’ learning context. I look forward to putting this vision into practise here at ICMS.”

Aspire Institute is a pathway to ICMS as well as other excellent universities with which they have an agreement. These include the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), University of Wollongong, and Griffith University.

ICMS is an award-winning higher education institution with campuses in Northern Beaches, NSW, and in Sydney’s business district. Founded in 1996, ICMS is a leader in career-focused, quality education and offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are recognised in the same manner as all public universities in Australia.

Aspire Institute offers higher education undergraduate and postgraduate courses as stand-alone qualifications or, should you wish to further your studies, you could choose to use your qualification as a pathway into a bachelor or other program at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) , or one of the distinguished Australian universities and colleges that Aspire has partnerships with. Aspire also offers the Australian Foundation Program, as well as both general and academic English courses. 

“We welcome Dr Keppell with great expectations for what he will bring to our academic faculty and overall learning experience here at ICMS,” ICMS CEO Rowan Courtney-O’Connor said.

“We look forward to supporting him in his role as DVC: Learning and Teaching as he continues to build on what ICMS has achieved in this area as a leading career-focused institute of higher education in Australia.”

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