Elementary / Higher Education
Mutual exchange of Ideas & people
Australia, India sign education deal April 8, 2010
• Australia and India have signed a major deal on
• An ‘Australia India Education Council’
- made up of experts from both sides - will be
- A joint ministerial statement was signed to expand
the education exchange program. Kapil Sibal,
India's Minister of H R D - which includes
education - met with Deputy Prime
Minister Julia Gillard in Melbourne
for the signing.
Educating India's population needs
Enhancing of School infrastructure and Increase Budgetary outlays.
• India has the largest student population in
the world with over 135 million pupils in
primary education followed by China at
over 121 million pupils at this level. India
has the second-largest population in the
world of over 110cr people (1.1bn), with a
literacy rate of 61%. [National resource]
• Educating such a large population is not
only a challenging task but also an
Why welcome Oz?
• Kapil Sibal has several goals for inviting Oz
universities to enter the Indian market.
• The Oz are expected to provide the much
needed capacity and new ideas on higher
education management, curriculum,
teaching methods, and research.
• It is hoped that they will bring investment.
This is already there, may be strengthened.
Global education & Australia
• Australia is internationally competitive in providing
education and training both in Australia and offshore for
students from outside Australia, known as overseas
• Australian universities have expanded globally by
creating offshore campuses, centres and programs.
• Monash University, for example, has established
campuses in Malaysia and South Africa as well as centres
in the UK, Italy and has collaboration at Mumbai with
• University courses are reflecting this global focus with
programs being designed to cater for international
students whether located within Aust