India and Australia have signed MoUs to strengthen the relationship between the two countries in the area of education, training and research. A Joint statement has been issued after the Bilateral meeting between visiting Indian Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar and host Australian Minister of Education and Training, Simon Birmingham in Adelaide, Australia. The two countries emphasised on institutional partnership, collaboration in school policy, online education and skill development & vocational education and Training.
Three Institutional Agreements have also been signed in the presence of HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and his Australian counterpart. 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 government of India 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.
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. Ministers also noted that officials will continue engagement and collaboration on teacher professional development and smart classrooms.
The ministers said the increasing interest in cross border education and exchange of students, academics and researchers. India extended its welcome and assured joint support to the forthcoming India-Australia Conclave on International Education to be held in India in 2019.
The two Ministers acknowledged the cooperation on targeted issues demonstrated by the AIEC’s Quality Assurance and Qualifications Recognition (QAQR) Working Group. It was agreed this policy work was paramount to encouraging a highly skilled and mobile workforce. The Ministers recognised the need for greater co-ordination of quality assurance in education as well as the potential for shared curricula and quality frameworks.