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India-Australia joint educational venture: FICCI and Study Queensland event highlights essence of partnering

Recent years have seen a heady effort of educational ventures between India and Australia. Both the countries are exploring the possibility of a Free TradeAgreement between two countries in the next few months.

 Education has emerged as one of the key sectors and the governments on both sides have recently announced many education and funding-related initiatives. Federationof Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry has jumped in the bandwagon. 

The Queensland government (Australia) has also realised the importance of meaningful collaborations between Indian and Queensland institutions. On March 11, Study Queensland, the specialist international education and training unit of Trade and Investment Queensland, teamed up with FICCI to organise India-Queensland Education Partnership Event 2022 (IQEPE).

Speaking At the event, Abhinav Bhatia, Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner –South Asia, Trade & Investment Queensland, spoke on the subject of education as an emphasis area for both the countries.“ Both India and Queensland, Australia have been prioritising education as a key area. The governments are focusing a lot on the subject.

There is a thrust on holistic and global exposure and meaningful cross-border collaborations, “ Bhatia said. The event also featured a panel discussion focusing on the topic ‘Cross-border Collaborations: Partnering for Success’. Eminent panelists – Prof. Sarah Todd, Vice President (Global),Griffith University, Prof. Ren Yi, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International),University of Southern Queensland, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro-Chancellor, Symbiosis International University and Prof. N. V. Varghese, Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration; shared their views. 

Dr.Vidya Yeravdekar, Chair FICCI Higher Education committee & Pro-Chancellor,Symbiosis International University, spoke on the importance of this collaboration between FICCI and Queensland Government. She dwelt on the importance of internationalisation and student mobility. According to her,there is a desire from institutions from both India and Australia to collaborate and create a favourable situation.

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