The meeting emphasised on views to promote effective collaboration between the two countries.
UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar has met Sarah Storey, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia, and her colleagues to discuss collaboration between Indian and Australian universities, according to officials. The meeting emphasised on views to promote effective collaboration between the two countries considering the fact that education has been recognised as one of the priority sectors for cooperation by the leadership of India and Australia.
“Kumar apprised the Australian side about the various progressive initiatives taken by the University Grants Commission(UGC) and the Government of India for internationalisation of the Indian higher education system, as envisaged in the National Education Policy, 2020. He also shared the key features of the UGC Regulations on Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Educational Institutions to offer Twinning, Joint and Dual Degree Programmes,” the UGC said in a statement.
The Australian counterpart appreciated the ushering in of the much-awaited UGC regulations on academic collaboration, and expressed that they would encourage the Australian higher educational institutions to collaborate with the Indian HEIs under the ambit of these regulations.
“The charge’ d’affaires, Australian High Commission, hoped that the Task-Force on Education Qualification Recognition would strengthen mobility of students. The UGC chairman further shared that a committee, constituted by the UGC, has been working on various modalities for recognition of foreign qualifications in India,” it added.
The Australian side also expressed its interest in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in Gujarat. Jagadesh Kumar assured the Australian side of the support and guidance of the UGC to facilitate Australian universities to set up their campuses and offer courses in diverse areas like Financial Management, FinTech, Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the GIFT City.
“Kumar also shared that UGC would bring out a set of enabling regulations so as to allow top-ranked foreign HEIs to open their campuses in India.The Australian side suggested that a self-regulatory framework for foreign HEIs might be developed for promoting their establishment and operations in India,” the statement said.
With inputs from PTI.
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