Jason Clare, Australian Education Minister landed in the Indian capital, Delhi to lead a delegation of Australian higher education leaders to promote collaborations between the two countries. Jason is on his official visit to India from 28th February till 3rd March which will include him attending a student exchange program along with a series of meetings with Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Education Minister for facilitating the momentum to the bilateral relations in the field of education.
An agreement for the mutual recognition of qualifications which will be inked by the two ministers is aimed at locking the rules for mutual recognition in accessing education in both countries
Jason said in a press statement, “This will be the broadest and most favorable recognition agreement India has signed with another country and will enhance student mobility between both countries.” He mentioned that India’s National Education Policy, which has set a target of raising enrolment in higher education and vocational education to 50% by 2035, provided a “genuine opportunity for Australian education providers to do more to collaborate with India”.
Jason’s India trip comes ahead of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit to India in early March. It is said that during Mr. Albanese’s visit, Australia’s Deakin University will trumpet an independent foreign campus in Gujarat’s GIFT City, becoming the first international university to set up an offshore campus in India.
Several Vice Chancellors and other higher education ministers from approximately eleven Australian universities will be part of Janson’s delegation. World-renowned former Australian cricketer, Adam Gilchrist who is the global brand ambassador of the University of Wollongong will also be joining the delegation.
The education minister highlighted that the visit will offer an important opportunity for Australian universities to showcase new partnerships and plans which they can deliver in India, including opportunities for joint degrees and campuses.