India’s new national education policy drives the establishment of new and innovative partnerships between India and foreign institutes.
“The recent economic and trade agreement between India and Australia also establishes a positive context for building significant partnerships,” said Prof. Michael Wesley, deputy vice-chancellor of international relations at the University of Melbourne.
As part of a recent university delegation to the country, Prof Wesley said that the University of Melbourne is exploring setting up partnerships with Indian universities in various noteworthy sectors.
This comes as no surprise as Indians make up 5% of the total international student strength at the University of Melbourne. They go abroad to pursue higher education in engineering and IT, business studies, development studies, or communications.
With the initialization of new programs in teaching, research, student exchange, and commercialization, the university is looking to ramp up its Indian student tally by 25-30% in the next few years. As of now, there are 2,000 Indian students enrolled at the University of Melbourne.
The vice-chancellor has already discussed the formation and development of student exchange and pilot programs with institutes like OP Jindal University and Amity University.
Talks are underway with Indian technology majors about collaborating on innovative projects and providing Australian researchers with the opportunity to work in India.
The university may also extend its Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) to the country. The program famously invests in 10 Australian startups every year, providing them with 20,000$ in equity-free funding.
Once this is done, interested researchers from Australia will get to work on quantum computing and artificial intelligence alongside Indian experts and scientists.