Australia, which used to be one of the top study abroad destinations among Indian students, had to adopt extreme measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, including the strict border restrictions for international travellers.
However, the federal government of Australia and its state governments have started making efforts in welcoming international students back. In the most recent announcement, NDTV Education reported a discussion between India’s Union Minister for Education and Skill Development, Dharmendra Pradhan and Australia’s Minister for Education, Alan Tudge.
During a virtual meeting between the two education ministers, a mutual agreement was reached on growing the Australia-India higher education partnership. As per media reports, both India and Australia have agreed to “strengthen the span of higher education” focusing on two-way student mobility, applied research, teacher exchanges and several other mutual priority areas.
During the meeting, the Union Minister raised the issue of Indian students being unable to travel between the two countries. Answering the concern, the Australian Education Minister briefed Pradhan on the steps taken to ensure ease of return of the Indian students to Australia.
As per a statement, the emphasis had been laid on the commitment displayed by both the countries to supporting Australia-bound students at every stage.
Union Minister Pradhan acknowledged the use of the National Education Policy 2020 in realising the aspirations and future needs of Indian youths. The NEP 2020 will also be instrumental in making India a global knowledge hub as well. He also pointed out there is significant potential for increased co-operation between India and Australia in terms of education and skills.