Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan emphasized the importance of internationalizing education for India’s future growth and development during his address at the forthcoming campuses of the Australian universities Deakin and Wollongong in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City). He was accompanied by his Australian counterpart, Jason Clare.
The establishment of international campuses by these two Australian universities at GIFT City aligns with the vision outlined in India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which places a strong emphasis on the internationalization of education. This initiative is expected to elevate the quality of education in India and provide students with global opportunities.
Union Minister Pradhan stated, “Internationalization of education is essential for India’s future growth and development. It allows Indian students to access world-class education and research opportunities and helps build bridges with other countries, exposing students to new ideas and prospects while enhancing the country’s soft power potential.”
Deakin and Wollongong have become the world’s first universities to establish international campuses in India, with courses set to begin in July next year. Australian Education Minister Clare highlighted the shared vision of Australia and India in recognizing the transformative power of education.
Pradhan explained that the introduction of foreign university campuses aligns perfectly with the NEP 2020’s vision of creating a vibrant, dynamic, and inclusive educational environment within India. He also stressed the importance of India’s growing economy and young population, which necessitates a strong educational and skill ecosystem to harness the nation’s demographic potential. Challenges such as climate change and emerging technologies present opportunities for global cooperation and innovation.
Australian Education Minister Clare emphasized the uniqueness of the collaboration, stating, “We are building a future, and we are doing it together. Not just students coming to Australia, but universities coming to India. It’s a physical example of our friendship.”
The campuses will facilitate research partnerships and leverage the skills of Indian students who have studied in Australia, contributing to the growth of India. Deakin University announced course offerings and fees, including a Master’s in Cyber Security and Business Analytics. The University of Wollongong revealed plans for a global finance center and global women’s fintech cooperation. GIFT City is set to become a prominent international financial center, with ongoing development and infrastructure expansion.
This collaboration marks a landmark event that is set to positively impact the talent supply chain in GIFT City, bolstering its business ecosystem.