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India inks 3 MoUs with Australia to strengthen education


Agencies, New Delhi, India and Australia signed three Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen education, training and research relationship between the two countries, a statement said here on Friday. A Joint Communiqué issued after bilateral meeting, between Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar and host Australian Minister of Education and Training Simon Birmingham in Adelaide, Australia, emphasised on institutional partnership, collaboration in school policy, online education and skill development & vocational education and Training. Mr Javadekar said that my discussion with Mr. Birmingham has been fruitful and will take the India Australia education cooperation to a new level. Three Institutional Agreements have also been signed in the presence of Mr Javadekar and his Australian counterpart today. These agreements are Deakin University agreement with India’s Central Jammu University, Curtin University agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and Indian National Council of Education Research and Training and Western Sydney University MoU with India’s Centurion University. Earlier, both the ministers had met during the Australia-India Education Council meeting in Adelaide. The Ministers agreed and laid stress on the importance of education and skills training as a critical mechanism to address the challenges of economic growth. The Ministers commended the contribution of Australia India Education Council, with its government and industry representatives, for significant progress across the key areas of skills, higher education and research, student mobility and welfare, quality assurance, qualifications recognition and schools improving collaboration across borders and developing new networks. Both the Ministers witnessed the confirmation of institutional partnerships that will strengthen collaboration between the students, academics and universities of both the countries. The Ministers noted that the Central Government has provided greater autonomy to many higher education institutions and welcomed the opportunity for Australian institution to forge joint research partnerships and other academic programs with those institutions, in the areas like Joint Research Projects, Joint supervision of PhDs, student / faculty mobility and award of Joint Degrees / PhDs. The Ministers committed to increasing Australia –India academic mobility in Higher Education including increasing Australian participation in the successful Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) conducted by the Government of India. They also agreed to further strengthen the partnership of Australia and India in the area of research collaboration to allow greater mobility of researchers, academics and scholars to support our mutual interest in high quality research outputs. The Ministers welcomed the forthcoming publication of the Australia-India Education Council project of a co-authored book. “The Future of Higher Education Learning & Teaching” on higher education learning and teaching which included a project developing joint curriculum for India’s Teaching and Learning Centres. On student mobility, the Ministers noted the increasing number of Australian students studying in India under the New Colombo Plan and the Endeavour Scholarships program and Indian students studying in Australia. The Ministers underlined the importance of basic education. Australia and India will collaborate in schools policy through a partnership for reviewing school curriculum, teaching and learning. This will be progressed through a collaborative initiative between the Ministry of Human Resources Development and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority where Indian curriculum experts will observe the Australian curriculum review.

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