The partnership between India and Australia is at an all-time high. Since the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was agreed upon in 2020, the pace and scope of the collaboration have increased rapidly.
The latest summit on 21 March between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi called for a new level of ambition to move bilateral partnership ahead, with a particular focus on shared economic cooperation.
And, because education is a sector with significant potential, the Prime Ministers announced the formation of a Taskforce on Education Qualifications Recognition during the aforementioned summit. This task force is intended to address the recognition of various forms of delivery, including online and blended learning, joint degrees, and education at offshore campuses.
By the end of the year, the task force will have delivered a framework for expanding education qualification recognition between Australia and India, with implementation scheduled for 2023.
Ever since the early 2000s, Australia has been a popular destination for Indian students seeking overseas university education. Around 1,15,000 Indian students were studying in Australia in 2019. Undoubtedly, Indians make up a sizable share of the migrants who call Australia home.
Several Indians remain in influential jobs in the Australian industry, academia, and government. Thousands of Indian students who studied in Australia have gone on to have successful international careers.
Owing to its excellent quality, stringent accreditation criteria, comprehensive support for international students, relevant coursework, and one of the best graduate employment rates, Australian education is in high demand globally, offering a superior return on investment.
Australia has one of the world’s most comprehensive international education systems, as evidenced by the Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030, which prioritizes the student experience, student protection, and students’ rights. International students can also get excellent post-study work rights in Australia.
The Australian Trade and Investment Commission recently introduced SAIEP (Study Australia Industry Immersion Program) to help present Indian students at Australian universities to improve their employability.
Under the international education system, Australian and Indian universities are developing models for Indian students to begin their studies in India and then transfer to an Australian campus after a few years, with the opportunity of graduating from either institution.
Australia is home to world-class research and innovation institutes. Australia even provides 2.7% of the world’s scientific output while having 0.34 per cent of the world’s population. Two-thirds of this study meets or exceeds international standards. It has produced significant global invention achievements, such as Wi-Fi and Penicillin, both of which were pioneered by Australian researchers.
Australia has world-class research capabilities in the areas of energy, food, agriculture, and digital health. During the pandemic, the Australian pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, aided by its universities’ strong interdisciplinary focus, assisted in the resolution of complicated problems.
The education and research cooperation between Australia and India is founded on common principles and complementary skills. While both countries are knowledge-based economies, there are also similarities in how education and research are performed, similar difficulties (albeit the scale is considerably bigger in India), and a focus on solving issues with societal significance that have maintained engagement nearer to the future demands.
Numerous collaborations between Indian and Australian institutions contribute significantly to industrial output. Both countries’ research collaborations are centred on STEM, healthcare, and management.
The most essential aspect of the research engagement is the advancement of knowledge transfer, high-tech applications, and the creation of a transnational education environment. Australian and Indian institutions are working closely together to develop world-class skills.
Ties between the two countries are bound to flourish as a result of common priorities. HCL, an Indian IT conglomerate with interests in Australia, has praised Australian institutions for their research talents in making technology function in various sectors of the economy. In both countries, senior education and industry executives see exponential development in joint translational research.
The opportunity for collaboration is genuine, and both countries are collaborating to improve education and research outcomes that benefit individuals, businesses, and society.
Visit studyaustralia.gov.au/india to learn more about study opportunities, universities/institutions, and scholarships. If you are an Indian university or industry leader, you can investigate collaboration prospects with Australian organisations by visiting Transnational education – Austrade or Edtech – Austrade.
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