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Key Milestones


Date Events
19 Oct 2017 CPE and Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications renew MOU to raise standards in private education
18 Oct 2016 CPE and Australian Skills Quality Authority renew MOU to raise standards in private education
03 Oct 2016 Formation of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). Council for Private Education becomes Committee for Private Education and forms part of SSG.
23 Aug 2016 CPE and Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Australia renew MOC to raise standards in private education
1 Dec 2015 Appointment of Mr Khoo Chin Hean as Chairman 
22 Sep 2015 CPE and Australian Skills Quality Authority sign MOU to raise standards in private education
25 Mar 2015 CPE and Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education UK renew MOU to raise standards in private education
18 Jun 2014 CPE and the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications sign MOU to raise standards in private education
17 Feb 2014 First prosecution case against a manager for running an unregistered PEI and collecting fees  (Manager of Unregistered Private Education Institution Pleads Guilty to Contravening the Private Education Act)
09 Apr 2013 CPE’s inaugural Private Education Conference - “Raising the Bar on Quality”. Senior Minister State for Law and Education, Ms Indranee Rajah was the Guest-of-Honour.  Speech by Senior Minister of State Ms Indranee Rajah
12 Mar 2013 Private Education (Amendment) Regulations gazetted
12 Mar 2013 Private Education Act (Exemption) Order gazetted
11 Mar 2013 A UK All-Party Parliamentary Group sector-focused Trade Mission visited CPE to understand Singapore’s Private Education and Qualifications Framework and Explore Business Opportunities
28 Feb 2013 CPE and Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Australia sign MOC to raise standards in private education
05 Feb 2013 CPE and New Zealand Qualifications Authority sign MOC to raise standards in private education
15 Jan 2013 Appointment of Mr Brandon Lee as Chief Executive
27 Dec 2012 First prosecution case leading to a jail sentence for contravening the Private Education Act ( Manager of Process College sentenced to jail and fined for contravening Private Education Act )
28 Nov 2012 CPE wins the Best Suggestion (Supporting Agency) award in the Pro-Enterprise Panel - Singapore Business Federation Awards 2012
11 May 2012 Minister of State for Defence and Education, Mr Lawrence Wong, launches two initiatives to enhance the capabilities of private education institutions
13 Apr 2012 CPE and Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education UK sign MOU to raise standards in private education
10 Apr 2012 CPE launches Advertising Code for Private Education sector to ensure better consumer protection
31 Dec 2011 Private Education Act (Chapter 247A) gazetted
15 Jul 2011 Launch of Student Awareness Campaign - "Choose Right, Take Charge" by Minister of State for Defence and Education, Mr Lawrence Wong
01 Jul 2011 First prosecution case against a PEI for contravening the Private Education Act ( Prosecution Against Cambridge Business School )
20 Jun 2011 End of 18-month period for PEIs to transit to new requirements under the Private Education Act
22 Apr 2010 Official Opening of CPE Student Services Centre by Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence
17 Feb - 02 Mar 2010 Public consultation exercise on the draft Private Education (Dispute Resolution Schemes) Regulations
18 Jan 2010 Private Education (Appeals) Rules gazetted
21 Dec 2009 Commencement of the new regulatory regime for the private education sector
21 Dec 2009 Private Education (Proscribed Names) Notification gazetted
17 Dec 2009 Private Education (Certification Marks) Notification gazetted
17 Dec 2009 Private Education (Composition of Offences) Regulations gazetted
14 Dec 2009 Private Education Regulations gazetted
1 Dec 2009 Formal establishment of the Council for Private Education as a statutory board
30 Nov 2009 Private Education Act (Exemption) Order gazetted - Repealed
30 Nov 2009 Private Education Act (Commencement) Notification gazetted
16 Oct 2009 Private Education Act gazetted
25 Sep 2009 Presidential assent of the Private Education Bill
14 Sep 2009 Second and third readings of the Private Education Bill in Parliament by Mr S Iswaran, Senior Minister of State for Education and Trade and Industry
18 Aug 2009 First reading and introduction of the Private Education Bill in Parliament by Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence
01 - 21 Jul 2009 Public consultation exercise on the draft Private Education Bill
09 Jul 2009 Relocation of CPE office to SPRING Singapore Building
17 Mar 2009 An industry briefing was conducted to facilitate the understanding of regulatory provisions by the PEIs that fall under the scope of the new regulatory regime.
11 Mar - 6 May 2009 Public consultation exercise on the principles of the draft Private Education Bill and the key requirements of the Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF) and the EduTrust Certification Scheme
25 Feb 2009 Press conference chaired by Mr Lin Cheng Ton, Chairman of the Pro-tem Council for Private Education, to introduce key features of the new regulatory regime
Jan 2009 Appointment of the Pro-tem Council for Private Education

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