The Kaplan Story

1,000,000 students. 30 countries.
400 locations. 77 years.

The world is changing.
Education should too.

Kaplan is a global private education company—global in every sense of the word.
We offer a diverse range of learning programs, helping our students get to where they’re going, wherever they may be coming from.

Since 1938, starting as a tutorial school in the basement of Stanley Kaplan’s family home in Brooklyn, Kaplan has championed innovation. By continually responding to student needs and readily adapting to fill gaps in the market, Kaplan changed what was thought possible in education.

This unflagging focus on the individual helped Kaplan grow and grow, and today we are opening doors to educational opportunities around the world, inspiring people from all walks of life to strive for their personal best. We exist to enable students to achieve their educational and career goals through industry-relevant learning that is respected by employers worldwide.

At Kaplan, we build futures, one success story at a time.

Global Company Profile

Kaplan’s global reach: 
30 countries and over
400 locations.

North America

In more than 400 locations in the US and Canada, Kaplan provides learners of all ages with post-secondary education, test preparation, professional training and K12 services. Kaplan was founded in 1938 in Brooklyn, NY and our company headquarters are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

South America

Our English language training and test preparation programs are available in Brazil, Colombia, Panama and Venezuela, where we primarily serve students seeking admission to top US universities.

Europe

Kaplan’s test preparation and English language programs are offered in more than 10 European countries. In the UK, we are one of the largest providers of accountancy training and private higher education. We also operate Dublin Business School, Ireland’s largest private undergraduate college. Kaplan International headquarters are located in London.

Asia

Kaplan’s test preparation and English language programs are offered in more than 10 European countries. In the UK, we are one of the largest providers of accountancy training and private higher education. We also operate Dublin Business School, Ireland’s largest private undergraduate college. Kaplan International headquarters are located in London.

Middle East, Africa & India

Kaplan’s presence in Asia has recently expanded to meet growing student demand for Western- style education. We offer higher education, professional training, test preparation and language instruction throughout the region, with major operations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.

North America

In more than 400 locations in the US and Canada, Kaplan provides learners of all ages with post-secondary education, test preparation, professional training and K12 services. Kaplan was founded in 1938 in Brooklyn, NY and our company headquarters are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

South America

Our English language training and test preparation programs are available in Brazil, Colombia, Panama and Venezuela, where we primarily serve students seeking admission to top US universities.

Europe

Kaplan’s test preparation and English language programs are offered in more than 10 European countries. In the UK, we are one of the largest providers of accountancy training and private higher education. We also operate Dublin Business School, Ireland’s largest private undergraduate college. Kaplan International headquarters are located in London.

Asia

Kaplan’s test preparation and English language programs are offered in more than 10 European countries. In the UK, we are one of the largest providers of accountancy training and private higher education. We also operate Dublin Business School, Ireland’s largest private undergraduate college. Kaplan International headquarters are located in London.

Middle East, Africa & India

Kaplan’s presence in Asia has recently expanded to meet growing student demand for Western- style education. We offer higher education, professional training, test preparation and language instruction throughout the region, with major operations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.

Our Values and Principles

Kaplan in Australia and New Zealand is somewhere
you can be proud to study, proud to work.

At Kaplan we aim to inspire our students and staff. We are a place that values learning above all else; one that encourages growth; one that appreciates and nurtures difference; one that makes a positive global impact by being a good corporate citizen; and one that recognises everyone’s role in enabling success.

We are frank and fearless
To be effective we need to be brave, open and genuine in all that we do. To build effective and trusting relationships with colleagues, students and other external stakeholders, we act with honesty and empathy. We are mindful that we must value the feelings of those around us, while remaining clear, fair and direct in our actions. We know that difficult conversations sometimes need to occur to maintain accountability but these will always carried out with respect and integrity.

We have a commitment to operating ethically
Heard of the sunlight test? Well, this is what we mean by ethics. Everything we do, we do because we know it is logical, rational and considered. We are proud of our actions because we always choose to do what is right, even if it’s not the easy option. We do this because we understand that by valuing integrity, honesty and compassion above all, and by endeavouring to be a good corporate citizen, we can make a positive impact within our communities.

We are a place that enables
We believe that to be innovative and progressive, we need to create an environment that encourages out-of-the-box thinking, nurtures diversity, welcomes change, and rewards creativity. We live by the mantra that it is much better to try something new and get it wrong, than to stay still. As such, we value difference, initiative and commitment to doing things better.

We stand strong
We understand that the world moves fast, mistakes can happen and that change can be difficult. In order to thrive in this environment, we need to be resilient, accountable and responsible for the outcomes of our actions. We admit to our mistakes and we learn from them. We don’t hide behind our peers or point blame, instead we are confident in acknowledging errors or shortcomings, safe in the understanding that we are a non-judgemental network, dedicated to supporting each other through difficulty.

Our Footprint and Partnerships

As an educator, we recognise the important role we play in the community. Building futures doesn’t just mean preparing an individual for their dream job—we aim to empower staff and students alike, so that they can make the future as bright as possible for everyone.

To do this, we have made a commitment at every level of our business to operate sustainably and ethically. By promoting conscientious thinking, by encouraging and enabling our people and by setting a good example, we hope to make a real difference in the world.

We try to create opportunities for our people to engage with social and environmental issues wherever possible. Our staff are actively encouraged to participate in the High Resolves program, supporting high school students as they undertake social action projects in their local communities—a mutually rewarding learning experience, promoting the idea of global citizenship.

Since March 2015, Kaplan has been the Official Education partner of the Sydney Swans. We believe that a great symbiosis exists between Kaplan and the Sydney Swans, in that we both value dedication and focus, and are committed to fostering excellence among our people. This relationship will allow both organisations to reach new heights in encouraging success.

We have also established an internal networking group, the Katherine Graham Leadership Collective, which aims to connect women across the organisation through support and learning initiatives. The collective promotes thoughtful discussion and builds supportive frameworks for self-education, aiming to equip individuals with the skills and confidence they need to create positive social change within the business and beyond.

On top of this, Kaplan also supports a number of charity events and fundraisers throughout the year including fun runs, car-free days and various small or large-scale fundraising by staff, nationally.

Leadership Team

Rob Regan

Managing Director,
Kaplan International,
Australia and New Zealand

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Rob has a strong history of leadership and a proven track record of performance across a wide range of industries.

Starting his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers before moving through the retail, mining and technology industries, Rob has focused his attention on the domestic and international education sectors for the past decade.

Having worked with Kaplan for the last nine years, Rob has held various executive positions including Chief Financial Officer of the international business based in London and most recently heading up the Australia/New Zealand operations.

Rob believes in the transformative power of education so that people can achieve their potential.

Brian Knight

Chief Executive Officer,
Kaplan Professional

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After completing a law and economics degree, Brian embarked on an illustrious career in a range of senior/executive roles in financial services and banking.

Joining Kaplan in July 2003 via Securities Institute of Australia, Brian heads up the Kaplan Professional business. As a strong believer in helping his team and our students grow, Brian is passionate about the future of financial services education in Australia and around the globe.

His advice and opinions on financial services education are in heavy demand and he regularly sits on government and industry panels.

Steve Knussen

Executive Director, International Education
Kaplan International

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Steve is responsible for Kaplan Business School, Kaplan International English schools in Australasia and Kaplan’s two university pathway colleges: Bradford College (University of Adelaide) and Murdoch Institute of Technology (Murdoch University).

Steve has worked in international education for the past 20 years and for Kaplan since 2008 when he joined as Principal of the Sydney English School. He was promptly promoted to a regional operations role across the English schools in 2010, added the Pathway Colleges to his list of responsibilities two years later and has recently taken the reins at Kaplan Business School.

He holds a MA in Applied Linguistics from UNSW and also sits on the board of the peak body, English Australia.

Shane Matthews

General Counsel,
Kaplan Australia

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Shane leads our Legal, Regulatory and Compliance functions. He is our Company Secretary and Privacy Officer and jointly manages the Kaplan International global legal team with lawyers based in the UK and Asia.

He has a strong background in commercial law, including intellectual property and contracts, corporate governance and risk management. He also brings extensive experience managing compliance obligations and regulatory requirements.

He has previously worked as a Senior Government Lawyer for the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business; Legal Counsel for Ernst & Young; and Deputy General Counsel for The University of New South Wales. Shane joined Kaplan in January of 2013.

Amanda Armstrong

GM, Administration
and Communications,
Kaplan Australia

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With fifteen years’ experience in communications, change management and more recently human resources, Amanda has held leadership roles in a diverse range of sectors including education, advocacy, government and the creative industries.

Amanda specialises in communications, media, marketing, culture and change management, and is passionate about finding effective, creative and innovative solutions to drive business outcomes.

Holding a BA and MA in Sociology and Politics (USYD) and a Graduate Diploma in Change Management (UNSW), Amanda has been a member of the Kaplan team for five years.

Mike Evans

Vice President, Higher Education,
Kaplan Australia

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With an extensive career in universities, Mike has been the Kaplan Vice President, Higher Education since 2010.

Since joining Kaplan, Mike has utilised his experience from the university sector to improve academic standards, establish university partnerships, and advocate for better educational standards.

Mike believes that Kaplan can play a key role in the future of education through providing innovative delivery and career-focused curriculum.

Mike’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy.

Matt White

Chief Information Officer
Kaplan Australia

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Matt’s 20-year career has seen him working in technology across the military, banking, consulting and education sectors. He spent six years in the Royal Australian Air Force working with secure communication platforms, before moving to IBM in outsourced IT operations for some of IBM’s largest corporate clients.

Matt started as the Head of IT for Tribeca in 2005, his role expanding to oversee IT within Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region following Tribeca’s acquisition.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Technology Sydney and is currently completing his Masters of Business and Technology.

Renee MacKenzie

Finance Director Australia,
Kaplan Australia

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With a Bachelor in Commerce, Renee has been with Kaplan for almost eight years.

During this time Renee has worked across many areas of the Kaplan portfolio, most recently in our London office where she was the European Finance Director for KIC (English Language).

Previous to this, Renee was the Group Financial Controller for Bird & Bird, an International Top 20 Law firm in the UK, and before moving to the UK, she was Finance Manager at the Australian-based law firm, Gilbert and Tobin. Renee is a qualified CPA.

Join the Team

With roles across almost every discipline from teaching and operations through IT, Finance, Sales and Marketing, Kaplan in Australia employs individuals with a wide range of professional backgrounds.

We are always on the lookout for talented, energetic and enthusiastic people who want to join an organisation that is growing fast and continuously finding better ways of doing things.

If you are interested in a career helping people achieve their educational and career goals in Australia, then you have come to the right place. We’ve assembled a group of talented individuals who are rewarded for individual and team-oriented accomplishments. Our working environment is highly entrepreneurial in spirit.

We are proud to uphold our global Kaplan Values and operate under a set of Guiding Principles to ensure best practice in all we do.

Our Mission

Our core values define our company culture and provide the framework for what we deliver to our students, clients and employees each day.

Integrity

We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards in everything we do.

Knowledge

We offer expert resources to help you achieve your academic and career best.

Support

We give you the tools you need to succeed.

Opportunity

We open doors and broaden access to education.

Results

We’re dedicated to helping you achieve your goals—we succeed when you succeed.

To view our open positions or to find out more about working at Kaplan, please visit Kaplan Careers.

Alternatively, please contact our People & Culture team.

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