“During this trip, India’s enthusiasm and passion for higher education shone through. It’s clear that both countries’ universities, in areas like research and training, have a lot to offer each other,” Universities Australia’s Chief Executive Belinda Robinson said.
“India sees learning and education as a fundamental part of its economic growth, which is one of the fastest in the world at 7 per cent.”
The Indian Government has committed to training 400 million of its citizens by 2022, and providing university education for around 6 million. Every year, 20 million Indians turn 18, and the Indian government’s target is for at least 30 per cent to complete a university qualification.
“Australia has significant experience in educating large numbers of students and that’s increasingly a priority for the Indian government. There are substantial benefits to both countries with increased educational, research and employability connections,” she said.
Existing ties were on display between Australian and Indian universities at the high-level roundtable and alumni forum hosted by Universities Australia.
“The cross cultural exchange that happens through education is tangible.”
“Australian university alumni, who have gone back to India to build successful careers, are the people-to-people links that make up the powerful networks between our nations and our economies.”
“It was also wonderful to see the Deakin/TERI collaboration bearing such fruit after 20 years of work, combining Australian nanotech expertise with India know-how in biotech.”
“Together the Deakin/TERI initiative is developing sustainable, environmentally friendly pesticides and fertilisers, along with many other solutions to big problems faced by both our nations.”