Former Federal Labor MP Maxine McKew will tomorrow address the Australia India Institute on the impact of recent Federal government policies on the nation’s drive to engage more closely with Asia.
Indian students in Australia have reacted to a new opinion poll, saying perceptions in India that they are unsafe don’t accord with their experience. The poll commissioned by the Australia India Institute and Lowy Institute for International Policy found that while Indians ranked Australia second only to the United States as their preferred education destination, 62 per cent of respondents believed that despite recent improvements, Australia is still a dangerous place for Indian students.
India is becoming one of the most important countries for Australia’s future in this Asian Century. But what do Indians think about Australia? On 17 April the Australia India Institute and the Lowy Institute launch the first published opinion poll on Indian attitudes to Australia.
A poll released by the Australia India Institute and the Lowy Institute reveals some surprising findings on Indian public opinion towards Australia. Despite bad press over security of Indian students in 2009-10, Australia is well-liked in India. Indians hold relatively warm feelings towards Australia (56 degrees on a scale of 0 to 100), which ranks fourth after the United States (62), Singapore (58) and Japan (57) out of 22 countries in the survey.
Excluding the US as a great Asian power is an “incredibly dumb decision,” foreign editor of The Australian national newspaper told the Aii yesterday. Greg Sheridan said the US has played a fundamental role in Asia since the late 19th Century, and excluding it as a power in the region shows Australia is isolated from wider Asian thought. “No-one is Asia would dream of discussing power relativities in Asia,
India’s research output is climbing but its public universities have yet to be fully modernised, writes Simon Marginson, a professor in the University of Melbourne’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education. Writing in The Australian newspaper on April 10, 2013, Professor Marginson noted that after a long period of stagnation, India's output of journal papers is climbing, having more than doubled between 1995 and 2009. In an article focused on the so-called BRICs grouping of nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) he noted,
Indian Television's Karan Thapar spent some time at Parliament House last month. He wrote about his experience in the Hindustan Times. The story has been reproduced below, see the original here. On Speaker terms By Karan Thapar, April 6th, 2013
The University of Melbourne has appointed a new Chair in Contemporary Indian Studies, Professor Anthony P. D'Costa, who joins the Australia India Institute from the 1st of May, 2013. An important appointment for the university, the position is substantially funded by the State government of Victoria.