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Michael Fay

Michael Fay

Director - Educational Services

Michael is a Director and Head of Education Services and has over 40 years’ experience of the international education sector. He is regional specialist on business and education in Southeast Asia and served on the Board of the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS Australia) and the Board of the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) 2015-2019 . He provided education sector input to the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) trade negotiations. Michael is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a long-term supporter of the International Award for Young People.

Michael was a co- founder of Insearch Language Centre UTS (1987), now branded as UTS College, Australia’s first public private partnership in international education and in 1994 established the Australia Centre Medan, North Sumatra which will have its 30th anniversary in 2024.

Michael works across all education sectors with a regional focus on ASEAN and country focus on Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. Clients have included Study NSW on transnational delivery of VET; the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) on their ASEAN Strategy, TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and TAFE NSW in relation to Skills Training in Indonesia. Recent clients have included the University of Wollongong on Indonesia and Malaysia, Southern Cross University on its eastern islands Indonesia strategy focused on the maritime sector, the Northern Territory Government on its Indonesian engagement, Ramsay Healthcare, and the Hotel School Australia on its Indonesian and Malaysian strategy.

Michael has convened the ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue -AAED since 2108 which has become a trusted platform for building stakeholder relationships in international education.

In November 2023 he was appointed Special Advisor to the ASEAN University Network (AUN) Executive Director on issues pertinent to AUN policies and strategies . On Australia Day January 26th 2024 Michael was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his contribution to international relations and education.