Meeting with Indian Minister for Education

Today I will host a bilateral meeting with the Indian Education Minister the Hon. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and meeting of the Australian India Education Council.

Minister Pradhan is also Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

The meeting will take place at Western Sydney University’s Parramatta City Campus.

India is one of Australia’s closest international partners, and our two countries have a strong history of bilateral cooperation in education and research.

Today’s meeting will reaffirm this partnership including through the Australian Researcher Cooperation Hub and the Australia-India Research Students Fellowship.

These programs are run by the Australia India Institute and funded by the Australian Government to drive collaboration and innovation between our two countries.

There are currently 59,000 Indian students in Australia.

Our classrooms, lecture theatres, and communities benefit significantly from this exchange.

In return, Indian students benefit from a world-class education at one of Australia’s quality higher education institutions.

They take home new skills and knowledge to help create new businesses, drive research and innovation, to continue to grow India’s economy and contribute to Indian society.

I hope they also take home a deep affection and love of Australia.

While in Australia, Minister Pradhan will also meet with Australian university leaders and representatives of our vocational education training and skills sectors.


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