The office of Dharmendra Pradhan, the Indian minister of human resources and development, and Australian education minister Jason Clare announced that they will sign a document that “locks in the conditions for reciprocal recognition to access education in both our countries.”
Jason Clare, the Australian minister of education, came in Delhi on Tuesday for a four-day official visit to develop institutional alliances and advance bilateral collaborations.
According to a release from the Union ministry of education, during his tour, Jason will participate with his Indian counterpart Dharmendra Pradhan in a student engagement program and a number of talks to advance bilateral ties between India and Australia in the field of education. Jason was invited by Pradhan while he was in Australia in August of last year.
Jason and Pradhan will sign the mechanism for the mutual recognition of qualifications, which “locks in the regulations for mutual recognition to access education in both our nations,” according to a statement from Jason’s office.
According to the release, “This will be the broadest and most beneficial recognition agreement India has signed with another country and will increase student mobility between both countries.”
The project between Gujarat International Financial Tec-City (GIFT City) and the University of Wollongong in Australia is described as “a strong example of a cooperation which strengthens skills and ability to confront future issues” in the statement. It’s expected that the university will establish a campus in GIFT city.
The establishment of foreign university campuses in Gandhinagar’s GIFT City, free from local regulations, was announced by the government last year in an effort to increase the supply of skilled labor for the financial services industry. Pradhan invited Australian universities and training organizations to investigate the possibilities of opening campuses in India and potential areas of collaboration with their Indian counterparts while he was visiting Australia.
The tour presents a significant chance for Australian institutions to highlight new alliances and initiatives they may implement in India, including potential joint degree and campus opportunities, the statement continued.