Australia is quite keen on augmenting the education and research collaborations with India to fulfill the demand for skilled professionals, faculty capacity building and curriculum renewal in India.
Australia will be extending vocational training and quality education to India to increase the number of skilled workforce in India as India aims to raise the number of skilled professionals from 12% to 25% by 2017. To facilitate this, companies and educational institutes in Australia are already building low price models to create provisions in India for offering quality Australian training.
Both the countries are looking forward to promote student-faculty exchange programs to boost the bilateral education relations.
In lieu of these initiatives, Minister for Tertiary Skills Senator Chris Evans visited India with the delegates of Australian education and corporate leaders for the annual Education minister’s Dialogue and to inaugurate the Australia India Education Council (AIEC).
The 2 countries have announced a series of exchange programs for the students and faculties, and a new website will be hosted to promote joint education and training programs.
For improvising the global education sector, the Australian government has taken a few additional steps such as implementing strict control on education providers; and creating International Students Strategy as well as Commonwealth Ombudsman to deal with complaints of foreign students against private providers.
All the above mentioned steps complement the recently announced Australian visa reforms and are expected to enhance the skilled migration program between the two countries.
Source: Times of India