The Australia India Institute has received AUD$300,000 in funding from the Commonwealth Government of Australia to research and identify new approaches to strengthen education, training and research relationships between Australia and India.
Funding for the project was announced under the Department of Education and Training’s ‘Australian Indian Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation 2017-17 funding’. In total, 14 projects will be supported across Australia.
“From support for think tanks, international collaborations and conferences through to backing initiatives that boost student internships and raising the profile of our English language training, these new projects focus on enhancing the experience of international students,” Education Minister The Hon. Simon Birmingham said
The project titled ‘Strengthening Strategic Engagement with India’ aims to help Australia’s education, training and research institutions build stronger linkages with Indian counterparts and overcome market access barriers.
It will also consider how Australian qualifications can become better known in India, to improve the job prospects for Australian and Australian qualified Indian students in India.
“Having ready access to timely student data helps our education providers monitor where demand is growing and track their own success against national benchmarks,” Minister Birmingham said.
Professor Craig Jeffrey, Director of the Australia India Institute welcomed the funding and said he looked forward to beginning work on the project in the coming months.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for the Institute to build on the important research we are already undertaking on Australia’s education links with India,” he said.
“I’d like to thank Minister Birmingham and his team for their continued confidence and support in the Institute.”