Sidney Myer Asia Centre - Yasuko Hiraoka Myer (YHM) Room Level 1
761 Swanston Street, Parkville
About the talk:
University and skills education is undergoing a period of intense reform in contemporary India. These reforms present exciting opportunities for Australian education providers. In this lecture, Craig Jeffrey will identify five key strategies for improving links between Australia and India in the sphere of tertiary education. This builds upon Professor Jeffrey's experience of conducting research on higher education and youth in provincial north India. The lecture will discuss imaginative strategies for student mobility and recruitment across the Australia-India space
About the speaker:
Craig Jeffrey is CEO and Director of the Australia India Institute and former Professor of Development Geography at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow of St. John's College. He is a leading authority on South Asian youth and also writes on Indian democracy, educational transformation, globalization, and the 'social revolution' that he sees occuring across India in the Twenty-First Century.
Craig has spent a total of five years since 1995 conducting anthropological fieldwork in western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He is author of numerous journal articles as well as six books, including Timepass: Youth, Class and the Politics of Waiting in India (Stanford University Press, 2010) and Keywords for Modern India (with John Harriss; Oxford University Press, 2014). Oxford University Press have recently commissioned Craig Jeffrey to write A Very Short Introduction to Modern India, part of its prestigious Very Short Introduction series.
Professor Jeffrey is currently leading a large project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on educated unemployed youth in South Asia. Craig Jeffrey was recently elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and, in addition to his academic work, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4, Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and The Conversation.
Craig's partner, Jane Dyson, has made a film about their work in India: www.lifelinesfilm.com