The Academic Board (AB) oversees the development and quality assurance of higher education courses at Academies Australasia Polytechnic (AAPoly). Experienced academics and professionals who possess academic, discipline-based expertise, academic management and professional experience sit on our Academic Board. They provide independent oversight to promote the academic quality of our programs, facilitate governance of academic processes and advise the Board of Directors (BOD) on the future strategic development of the educational activities of AAPoly.
The following are main functions of the AB:
  • to oversee academic integrity and the pursuit of free intellectual enquiry;
  • to oversee the development and review of existing and new Higher Education courses and programs;
  • to be responsible for the maintenance of the quality of teaching and learning;
  • to recommend to the BOD the granting of awards to qualified Higher Education students;
  • to be responsible for the development, application and review of academic policies;
  • to be responsible for the formulation, implementation and review of academic and educational plans;
  • to minimise, mitigate and manage academic risk; and
  • to ensure academic activities are consistent with best practice, are benchmarked (externally and internally) and are compliant with regulatory standards including the Higher Education Standards Framework and other relevant legislations.

Academic Board Charter
Tunde Meikle (Chair)
MBA, Federation University Australia; MA, University of Sydney, GradDipEd, Sydney Teachers College; BSc, University of Sydney

Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Principal Psychologist of Psychnational, Consulting. Member of Board of Directors, Ballarat Art Gallery, and Chair of their Governance sub-committee. Member of Country Fire Authority (CFA) Board. Human Research Ethics Committee member, MCD University, and Human Research Ethics Committee member, Ballarat Health Services and St John of God Hospital. Extensive lecturing experience teaching Organisational Behaviour and Managerial Decision Making within Federation University Australia’s MBA program and teaching Psychology across Undergraduate-Masters levels, providing research supervision with Australian Catholic University.
Dr Suzanne Zyngier (External) Deputy AB Chair and Chair of Higher Education Quality Committee
PhD, Monash University; MIMS (Hons), Monash University, Association for Information Systems

Owner, director and principal consultant, Knowledge Services Pty. Ltd. Served as Associate Dean International, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, La Trobe University. Executive Director and Senior Lecturer, Masters of Business Information Management & Systems, La Trobe University. Supervisor of PhD students, La Trobe University. Research Fellow, Monash University, La Trobe University. Committee member and a member of the Academic Board, La Trobe University. Significant expertise in tertiary education, with a focus on governance, leadership and internationalization. Areas of expertise include knowledge retention and transfer, and knowledge & information strategies.
Dr Albert P. Haddad (External) Chair of Higher Education Courses Committee
EdD (Reconstruction of leadership in a situation of significant organisational change), University of Melbourne; MEd (Leadership, Policy and Change), Monash University; Grad Dip Ed (Hons), LaTrobe University; BSc Hons, University of Melbourne

Currently the Director of Academic Administration at Alphacrucis College and on the Steering Committee for the Chairs of Academic Boards Forum for Non-University Higher Education Providers. Started career as a research scientist working on Kidney and Bone Marrow Transplant programs and setting up a national Paternity Testing service. Served 5 years in Human Resource Development before establishing and managing a boutique Leadership Development and Change Management consultancy. Previously Chief Academic Officer at Harvest Bible College, overseeing their Academic Programs. Experience and research in leading and developing teams, focusing on organizational strategic goals and team performance, changeability, navigating ambiguity and learning agility.
Emeritus Professor Gary O'Donovan (External)
PhD, Victoria University; GradDip (Commercial Data Processing), Footscray Institute of Technology; GradDipEd, Western Australian Institute of Technology; BBus (Acc), Footscray Institute of Technology

Emeritus Professor, University of Tasmania and Adjunct Professor in Accounting, Tasmanian School of Business & Economics, University of Tasmania. Served as Head of the School of Accounting and Finance at Victoria University, Head of School of Accounting at both University of Tasmania and Victoria University, Deputy Director of the Centre for International Corporate Governance Research, Victoria University, and Dean of the Tasmanian School of Business & Economics at University of Tasmania. Served as Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students & Education) and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement at University of Tasmania. Co-author and developer of accounting book and software package (for Prentice-Hall), used extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Established national and international standing as a researcher in the field of sustainability reporting.
Dr Mohan Dass – Academic Dean
PhD, Deakin University; MBA, University of East Asia, Macau; BA(Hons), University of Science, Penang, Malaysia; GradCertEd (Tertiary), Federation University Australia

Responsible for managing AAPoly’s Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training and the Professional Year for Accounting. Also oversees FedUni’s masters and undergraduate courses (through a partnership arrangement). Served in several key managerial roles for the State Economic Development Authority, Penang, Malaysia, and was the HR Manager of a MNC. Served as Deputy Vice President, Academic (Deakin Program), in Malaysia. Served as Program Director for the Masters of Management at Swinburne University. Experience and expertise in public and private sector management, academic promotion & management and research skills.
Cynthia Tang – Academic Coordinator (Fed Uni courses), Facilitator, lecturer
MBA, Curtin University of Technology; GradCertEd (Tertiary) Federation University Australia

Coordinate the delivery of Fed Uni courses (partner programme), preparation of learning material and assessment moderation as Academic Coordinator. Facilitator and lecturer of AAPoly’s own degree courses. Extensive lecturing experience in Human Resource Management and Marketing at Federation University Australia, Charles Darwin University and Holmesglen Institution. On the CPA/ICAA accreditation committee staff panel with Charles Darwin University.
John G. Adnams OAM – non-voting cross member from the Board of Directors
BCom, University of Melbourne; AAIB, Associate of the Australian Institute of Bankers

4 decades of experience in the banking industry. Served in senior positions with the Commercial Bank of Australia Limited. Company Director and consultant of Westpac Banking Corporation. President of Small Business Mentoring Service with extensive involvement in business mentoring and training. In 2013, received Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to business and commerce, and to the community.
Alumni Representative
Nominated annually from Academies Australasia Polytechnic graduates.

The Academic Board established the following committees to oversee the implementation of Academic Governance Policies, Processes and Strategies.

The Higher Education Courses Committee oversees the development of new programs and the review and improvement of existing programs to ensure all courses and programs at Academies Australasia Polytechnic are of a consistently high quality. In addition the Higher Education Courses Committee ensures that the graduate outcomes of these programs are aligned with Academies Australasia Polytechnic’s (AAPoly) Graduate Attributes, also having regard to external regulation requirements. Membership of the Committee is drawn from internal and external sources.

Terms of Reference
The Higher Education Quality Committee monitors and ensures that the structures and the delivery of programs accord with appropriate regulatory standards and align with AAPoly’s quality assurance principles, policies and the expectations of the Higher Education Standards Framework. The committee also ensures teaching practitioners, scholarly activities and learning experiences are of a consistently high quality and contribute to an optimum environment for higher education teaching and learning. Membership of the Committee is drawn from internal and external sources.

Terms of Reference