ICMS first in Australia for TEQSA short course approval

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) recently approved three new undergraduate certificate online-only courses to be run by the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) pathway providers, Aspire Institute and International Sport College Australia (ISCA).

In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, TEQSA allowed institutes of higher education to offer short certification programs online. These courses will upskill or retrain many who have been impacted by Covid-19 or who are trying to get ahead with a high quality career-focused education.

“ICMS is the first institute of higher education to be awarded accreditation by TEQSA to offer these important courses, which is testament to the proactive approach we take here regarding offering career-focused education,” ICMS CEO and President Dr Dominic Szambowski said.

“We encourage anyone looking to use time they may have while at home to retrain or upskill, so they can hit the ground running when the rebound happens. The economy will improve, the job market will open up, and these courses will get you ahead of the game.”

The three TEQSA approved courses are:

Aspire Institute


The 12-week courses offer students a chance to get qualified fast, and enjoy the flexibility that online learning offers. Expert faculty, industry guest lecturers and real-world projects offer an authentic learning experience from a community of experts.

“I would urge professionals or school leavers who are having to sit at home while social distancing to make this time count for you and for your future career,” Szambowski said. “Plan your program around your schedule. No sport to watch or play? Don’t let 2020 pass you by.”

For more information on the courses, visit Aspire Institute here: https://aspire.edu.au/ or ISCA here: https://www.iscaustralia.edu.au/.

NEAS Endorsement Again for Aspire Institute

Aspire English is pleased to announce that it has gained NEAS re-endorsement, a tribute to the high standard of English teaching at the higher education institution. 

“NEAS (National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme) is recognised internationally as a mark of quality by English language students, agents and regulators,” Aspire Head of English Language and Foundation Programs Linda Karlsson said.

Aspire Institute falls under the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS), located in Northern Beaches, NSW, and in the city of Sydney. Aspire offers higher education undergraduate and postgraduate courses as stand-alone qualifications, as well as opportunities to use Aspire qualifications as a pathway into a bachelor degree or other program at ICMS, or at one of the distinguished Australian universities and colleges that Aspire has partnerships with.

“Gaining NEAS endorsement demonstrates a high standard in our Aspire English language courses and services provided.  Quality Assurance experts have reported that Aspire English is running a quality operation in all areas: learning, teaching and assessment; the student experience, resources and facilities; administration, management and staffing; ethical promotion and student recruitment,” Karlsson said.

Aspire English programs are ideal for students who meet the academic requirements for Aspire pathways but who need, or would like, additional English language proficiency before commencing study. Students develop the essay and report writing, presentation and critical thinking skills in English that are required for success in undergraduate study.

As a Not for Profit Registered Charity, NEAS Australia is regulated by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). The NEAS tick promotes the recognition of quality in education and training. Students, parents, education agents, teachers and professional staff recognise the high value of being NEAS quality assured. NEAS quality assurance is highly regarded by regulatory and government bodies.

“Thank you to our students, staff, teachers and management who participated in the NEAS application process.”

For more information on NEAS, click here: https://neas.org.au

For more information on Aspire Institute, click here: https://aspire.edu.au

Aspire and UTS partner for MBA pathway

Students wishing to pursue the ultimate in business education can now take a pathway through Aspire Institute towards achieving a prestigious Master of Business Administration (MBA) with University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

“The Aspire Graduate Certificate in Business complements our existing nested courses within our MBA to provide an alternative pathway to study at one of Australia’s most respected business schools,” said Professor Sara Denize, Associate Dean (Education), UTS Business School.

Aspire Institute, which is owned and operated by the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS), has partnered with UTS to offer students the opportunity to earn advanced standing for up to four subjects of the 16 subjects required to complete the UTS MBA. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Business at Aspire Institute, students can further their study to complete the UTS MBA in the second, third and fourth semester.

“By starting their Graduate Certificate at Aspire Institute, students get the full benefits of our supportive programs which assist them in achieving their educational and career goals in gaining entry into the UTS MBA,” Chief Operating Officer Rowan Courtney-O’Connor said.

Aspire Institute, with two campuses located in Manly (Northern Beaches), NSW, and in the Sydney CBD, offers a range of pathway courses articulating to a variety of degrees.

The Graduate Certificate of Business covers a range of areas that will lay a solid foundation for business success, giving students a deeper understanding of economics and finance, management in a global context, the value of contemporary marketing and accounting for business decisions.

“The Graduate Certificate of Business is a real ‘pathway’ to achieving an MBA which is the pinnacle of business education,” Courtney-O’Connor said.

The UTS MBA is designed for early career professionals seeking to either extend their knowledge and capabilities into managerial roles, or to change careers into a new field of business. The UTS MBA subjects are approved by an industry board that insists on ‘relevance to workplace’ as a pre-eminent subject design principle. The MBA provides knowledge and skills that are essential for superior management performance.

For more information on the Graduate Certificate of Business, a pathway to the UTS MBA, click here: https://aspire.edu.au.