Education Minister Dan Tehan in India to strengthen “ties in education”


20 November 2019 I India and Australia are expected to have stronger ties in education as Dan Tehan, Federal Minister for Education, visits the home country of hundred thousand plus Indian international students in Australia.

India is Australia’s second largest source country with tens of thousands of students enrolling in Australian universities and Registered Training Organisations each year.

Dan Tehan
Federal Minister for Education, Dan Tehan I Photo: Facebook

Department of Education data shows as of September this year there were 109,736 Indian students in Australia. The largest source country is China while Nepal come third.

Mr Tehan visited Malaysia from 17 to 19 November before travelling to India where he would be working with both Indian and Australian stakeholders to bring the two countries closer in terms of education and research activities.

“Strengthening Australia’s relationship with other countries will benefit our education system with flow on effects for our economy, jobs and business opportunities,” Mr Tehan said in a press statement.

“The delegation to India will be an important opportunity for Australian education providers to showcase the excellence of our education and research sector and to forge new relationships between our two countries that are mutually beneficial,” Mr Tehan added.

Besides meeting with the Indian Minister for Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, the Australian minister would hold interactions with Indian education and research stakeholders as well as attending local events in support of the Australian education and research sector.

Accompanying Mr Tehan during his three-day long India tour are Australia’s top university and research leaders.

According to a press release of Universities Australia,  Vice-Chancellors and senior university sector leaders including its Chief Executive Catriona Jackson will meet with the Indian Government and research sector.

Indian Minister Pokhriyal is to host a number of events with Minister Tehan including visits to institutions, workshops and a bilateral roundtable, Universities Australia said in its press release.

Ms Jackson said there were many fields of collaborative research of great importance to both Australia and India, the press release reads, including agriculture and water security.

“By working together on these types of research, we can help local communities in Australia and India to tackle challenges with water supply and usage, and food and farm production,” she said.

“As India reshapes its strategic priorities with a draft new National Education Policy, Australian universities want to work with Indian institutions to see what further opportunities we can explore.”

“There are many research areas of great mutual interest to both Australia and India – and they have potential to change the lives of everyday people in both of our countries in profoundly important ways.”

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