Mairéad BROWNE

Consultant and Emeritus Professor
University of Technology, Sydney
Mairéad BROWNE

After an early career in Ireland at University College Dublin, Emeritus Professor Mairéad Browne held positions at the University of Sydney, Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). She was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UTS from 1991 to 1996 and Dean of the University Graduate School from 1997 until commencing as a freelance consultant in 2001. Professor Browne is a member of the Board of Directors of the SP Jain School of Global Management.

Professor Browne has been Chair, Panel member or Coordinator for many reviews, audits and accreditation activities conducted by quality assurance agencies and government entities in Bahrain; Saudi Arabia; Oman; Ireland; Mauritius; Papua New Guinea; United Arab Emirates; and New Zealand.

In Australia, Professor Browne was an auditor with Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) (2001-2009) and subsequently joined the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Register of Experts. She is a very experienced consultant and has worked with a wide range of Australian universities on institutional audit and review as well as more general quality assurance projects such as assessment of compliance with requirements for registration as a provider of higher education for international students. Apart from university clients, Professor Browne has worked with a number of Australian private higher education providers and government agencies.

Professor Browne's initial connection with Hong Kong came through her work on behalf of several Australian universities with interests in Hong Kong. Between 2009 and 2011 she was the Audit Coordinator for five audits in the first round of QAC quality audits. Since 2011 Professor Browne has chaired a large number of accreditation exercises on behalf of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). These exercises have including instances of partnerships involving local and non-local providers of higher education as well as private operations of UGC-funded universities.