Senate debates

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Questions without Notice

International Students

2:25 pm

Photo of Murray WattMurray Watt (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) Share this | Hansard source

Thank you Senator Bilyk. I will just clear my throat as Senator Farrell is wont to do. Our relationship with India presents massive opportunities for Australia, both for our economy and for the people with the links it generates.

The Indian government has a plan to increase its higher education enrolments to 50 per cent of young people by 2035. The quality of our universities and the strength of our relationship has led India to ask for our help in getting this huge undertaking done. Following recent visits, we will see more Australian education providers established in India. The University of Wollongong and Deakin University have committed to establishing campuses in Gujarat and will be education partners for the many companies operating in Gift City and surrounds. RMIT University and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, signed an agreement, and there are 11 memoranda of understanding signed between Australia universities and Indian counterparts. We're going to do a lot more in this space. It's really important. (Time expired)


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