Antony Albanese, the Prime Minister of Australia, announced on Wednesday, an “Australia-India education qualification recognition mechanism”. He also officially declared that Deakin University will be the first overseas university that has got approval to set up its Indian branch campus.
He also announced a new “Maitri” scholarship for students from India to study in Australia for up to four years. The Prime Minister reached Ahmedabad with his delegation on Wednesday. He visited the Sabarmati Ashram. He also participated in the Holi celebration at Raj Bhavan with Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel.
As Indian Express earlier reported that Deakin University will be the first one to have an offshore campus in India in the GIFT city of Gandhinagar. It also reported the University of Wollongong has also contacted the GIFT regulator.
Another significant development that took place during this visit was the finalising the education qualification recognition system between India and Australia. As per this new mechanism, if an Indian student is studying in Australia or has studied there, their degree of labour will be recognised when they return to India. Albanese announced this during the event “Celebrating India-Australia Education Relationship” in Ahmedabad.
On the other hand, if one is a part of the ever-growing Indian diaspora of 8,00,000 in Australia, then they will feel confident that their qualification and degree will receive recognition in Australia. It is a comprehensive and ambitious arrangement that India has agreed to with any other country.
Australian education providers will be provided with commercial opportunities to offer more innovative and accessible education to Indian students and provide a solid ground for educational institutions to consider new ways to partner with each other. Albanese stated that it is a fantastic attempt that has been done which will yield tangible benefits.
Courses in business analytics and cyber security will be offered at the proposed campus of Deakin University. He also announced Wollongong University’s intention to establish a campus in GIFT city.
He also said Australia will always welcome students with open arms to come and stay in Australia. However, not everyone can pack their bags and leave. Now, Indian students will get the opportunity to get Australian education without being there.
The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel stated that the International Branch Campus (IBC) of Deakin University will contribute skilled manpower which is one of the goals of the GIFT city.
He assured the Australian delegation to provide full support to all the universities who are interested in opening campuses in the GIFT city.
Vice President (Global Alliances) and CEO (South Asia) of Deakin University, Ravneet Pawha said that it was a momentous occasion for India and Australia and they are excited to contribute to the two “firsts” in the India-Australia education sector.
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Source: Indian Express