Boosting India-Australia links through global economic and educational cooperation could be the key to universities in Australia regaining ground in the global higher education competition.
Both countries officially signed the Australia-India trade agreement in April 2022, expanding the chances for Indian students to work and study in one of the world’s most popular study destinations. It’s a much-needed boost for Australian international admissions, which were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the country’s unyielding closed-border policy, which was finally loosened at the end of last year.
According to the Times of India, nearly 25,000 Indian students have returned to Australian colleges since March 13, 2022, according to information obtained from the Australian High Commission in Delhi.
“The Australian government has worked hard to ensure that Indian students may return to Australia to begin their studies for semester one this year, with 15,310 visas issued between November 22, 2021, and March 18, 2022,” a spokeswoman said.
Hritish Kakati, a sports management student, was one of several arriving students in Australia who had to postpone their studies. The postponement was a blessing. According to the Times of India, he was eventually awarded a scholarship by Deakin University that covered his tuition fees when he began his studies virtually in July 2021.
He finally arrived on the Melbourne campus in February of this year, and he has since gotten internships with the Formula One Grand Prix and a local football team. “The full campus experience is vital, and I was missing a lot throughout my online classes.” “Everyone works here, and internships and part-time work experiences are essential for sports management students,” he stated.
The appeal of job chances in Australia is not lost on Indian students, who will gain from the India-Australia trade agreement in the coming months. The Australian government has currently loosened student visa work limits for international students due to pandemic labor shortages. This temporary solution allows students with student visas to work more than 40 hours per week in a variety of sectors while studying.
Indian students with first-class honors undergraduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) topics would be able to stay for an additional two to three years after graduation. Once the deal is fully formalized, around 100,000 Indian students in Australia may be eligible for a four-year visa to work as tech professionals following graduation.
Significant advancements in the bilateral educational exchange between India and Australia aim to facilitate student mobility between the two countries. One of them is the formation of a task force to recognize qualifications between the two nations, which might boost Indian students’ chances of gaining admission to Australian colleges without having to go through the Australian school system.
More importantly, both nations are planning to implement dual-degree programs as part of the trade agreement, which will promote collaboration between universities in both countries. “The advantage of dual degrees is that we will assist offer quality education to an increasing number of Indians, so the cost falls down dramatically, almost by half,” India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. Students would be permitted to study for two years in both nations, subject to conditions that are still being worked out.
The pact could help Australia stay ahead of the global talent recruitment game. It confronts significant competition from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which are expanding post-study work visas and immigration options in order to keep qualified personnel in their workforces. According to a recent global survey conducted by IDP Education, Australia ranks favorably among international students in terms of post-graduate job rights and student welfare, but not in terms of quality education, value for money, and landing meaningful employment.
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