Open Colleges of Australia

Established in 1910, Open Colleges has delivered vocational education and training (VET) to more than 700,000 Australians. Today, Open Colleges delivers more than 130 courses in disciplines including health care, community services, business and management, finance and accounting, technology, languages and design. Open Colleges focuses on meeting the needs of adult learners by providing highly flexible, accessible and affordable education and training and consists of three institutions: Open Colleges; Integrated Care & Management Training; and College of Fashion Design.

Highlights

  • More than 130 online courses
  • Programs of study include health care, community services, business and management, finance and accounting, technology, languages and design
  • More than 700,000 students served
  • Courses delivered through Open Space, the students’ virtual, personalized campus, the first online learning model for higher education in Australia

Milestones

1910

International Correspondence Schools (ICS) established presence in Australia

1995

ICS creates first website, releasing its first online courses

2001

After acquisition and mergers, ICS renamed Thomson Education Direct

2007

Thomson Education Direct became part of Cengage Learning, renamed Cengage Education

2011

After acquisition by Nexus Education Group Pty Ltd, Cengage Education renamed as Open Colleges

2013

Open Colleges acquired by Apollo Education Group