Eastern College Australia announced the formation of a significant new partnership with MST (Melbourne School of Theology) in 2017. As collaborating Colleges, both Eastern and MST retain their separate identities, and offer distinctly accredited Courses and Awards. In the case of MST, they continue to offer high-quality training in Theology, Biblical Studies, Mission and Ministry, from Diploma to Doctorate.
A two-year partnership with TEAR Australia enabled the establishment of the Micah 6.8 Centre, and Steve Bradbury, CEO of TEAR for 25 years, as its Director. Through this partnership a specialist aid and development stream has been developed as part of the Master of Arts in Vocational Practice, and in 2010 the first students enrolled in this course. This has now evolved into the current Master of Transformational Development. The Micah 6.8 Centre exists to engage the college and the wider church in the biblical mandate to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.
In 2018 Eastern College Australia became the RTO for YD.
Eastern entered into a partnership with the Summer Institute of Linguistics Australia (SILA) in 2019 to act as the registered Institute of Higher Education for a number of specialised SILA units. SIL Australia offers training for cross-cultural workers in the areas of language learning, linguistics, translation, literacy and other language development activities.
Eastern College Australia has been a member of The Council of Private Higher Education Inc. (COPHE) for more than 10 years. COPHE is a peak body representing Australia’s high-quality independent Institutes of Higher Education. With more than 150,000 students enrolled at 123 providers, independent education is the fastest growing sector of Australian higher education.
Eastern is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The CCCU is a higher education association of more than 180 Christian institutions around the world with a united mission to advance the cause of Christ-centred higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.
ACHEA is a national network of Christian Institutes of Higher Education in Australia, all of whom share a deep commitment to Christian higher education, delivering courses across a range of academic disciplines. We seek to explore ways of collaborating, sharing ideas and resources, presenting a stronger common voice in educational policy development, and encouraging one another in pursuing the highest standards of tertiary education from a clear Christian perspective.