Last updated time: 09 March 2023, 09:31 IST
Australia’s Deakin University will set up an international branch campus at GIFT in Gandhinagar, Gujarat (Image: Reuters file)
Anthony Albanese has also announced a new scholarship for Indian students who want to study in Australia
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced on Wednesday that his country and the Government of India had finalized the “Australia-India Mechanism for the Recognition of Educational Qualifications”. The Albanian, who is on a visit to India, was speaking at a program here to officially announce that Australia’s Deakin University will set up an international branch campus at GIFT City in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
“There is significant development in our bilateral relations in the field of education. I am happy to say that we have finalized the Australia-India recognition mechanism for educational qualifications,” he said.
“This new mechanism means that if you are an Indian student studying or have studied in Australia, your hard-earned degree will be recognized when you return home. Or if you’re part of Australia’s very large Indian diaspora – 500,000 and growing – you’ll be confident that your Indian qualifications will be recognized in Australia,” he said.
This is the most comprehensive and ambitious agreement India has negotiated with any country, Albanese said.
“This has opened up commercial opportunities for Australian education providers to provide innovative and affordable education to Indian students. And this provides a solid basis for educational institutions to consider new ways of establishing cooperation with each other,” he said.
“This is really great work with real benefits,” added the visiting prime minister.
It also announced a new scholarship for Indian students who want to study in Australia.
“I am pleased to announce a new scholarship offer – the Maitri Scholarship. This is for Indian students to study in Australia for up to four years. The scholarships are part of a wider Maitri program aimed at enhancing cultural, educational and community ties between Australia and India,” said Albanes.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Governor Acharya Devvrat were also present on the occasion.
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