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The Education & Training sector is Australia’s promising frontier in India. Within An India Economic Strategy to 2035, education and training is the flagship of the future economic partnership. Its significance resonates across Indian sectors, underlining its pivotal role. India, with the world’s largest tertiary-age population (18-22), aims to upskill 400 million by 2022, and to meet this demand alone is challenging for India. Australia becomes key in addressing India’s educational needs. Education is more than student numbers; it signifies engagement, collaboration, and responsiveness. Diversifying Australia’s education market strengthens ties with India, contributing significantly to bilateral relations.

India is Australia’s second-largest education market and the second-most preferred destination for Indian students globally. Australia’s competitive edge lies in providing high-quality tertiary education in English. This, combined with attractive work and migration options and a world-class vocational system, positions Australia favourably. Maintaining growth in international students could yield over $12 billion in direct revenue from Australian education exports to India by 2035. This emphasises immense potential for economic collaboration and mutual benefit in education between Australia and India.

Outside tertiary education, there is also opportunities for the Australian Vocational Education Training (VET) sector outbound to India, workforce management inbound from India, as well as general employability training by non-RTO training organisations.

Education & Training National Industry Group Convenors

Patricia M Davidson

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Professor Patricia M. Davidson joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in May 2021. Prior to her current role, Professor Davidson was dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore in the United States. In 2021 she was the recipient of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Distinguished Leader Award. This honour celebrates her exceptional contributions to the advancement of global health worldwide.

As a global leader in nursing, health care, and advocacy, Professor Davidson’s work focuses on person-centred care delivery and the improvement of cardiovascular health outcomes for women and vulnerable populations. She has extensively studied chronic conditions, transitional care, palliative care, and the translation of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable health initiatives across the world.

Professor Davidson serves as counsel general of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, and was a past board member of CUGH and secretary general of the Secretariat of the World Health Organisations Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery.

Opportunities in the Australia-India International Education Relationship

In May 2023, the leaders of the Quad nations came together and issued a Joint Statement and Vision reaffirming their shared commitment to advancing the Quad’s positive and practical agenda, and building on progress made to address health security, climate change, critical and emerging technology, space, infrastructure,
and cyber.
Underlying all of the Quad’s key focus areas is education. Today, Australia is unique among India’s education partners as it has a ministerial lead policy forum called the Australia India Education Council (AIEC). The AIEC provides a platform for ministerial engagement on policy and operational issues across education and is co-chaired by education ministers from both countries.

Prepared by Australia India Institute | SPP | Australia India Youth Dialogue | Australia India Chamber of Commerce

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