Union Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan, and Jason Clare, Minister of Education, Australia visited the campuses of Wollongong and Deakin Universities which are soon going to open in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. They discussed the detailed progress and forthcoming plans to establish both campuses.
According to an official release, the ministers took part in an event called “Arambh”, which commemorated the official announcement of the opening of the campuses within GIFT City.
The National Education Policy’s (NEP) goal of internationalising education is in line with the opening of foreign universities in India. According to the announcement, this first Arambh event marked a historic turning point in the history of global education by bringing together ministers, academic leaders, and dignitaries to celebrate the opening of Australian university campuses in India.
The vice-chancellors of Deakin University and the University of Wollongong highlighted the significance of nation-to-nation partnerships at the event, emphasizing the notable progress in bilateral relations between Australia and India, despite difficult circumstances such as the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the announcement, they also discussed their future goals and the courses that will be available when these campuses open in India.
“Foreign University campuses at home will facilitate Study In India and also create a vibrant, diverse and inclusive educational environment as envisioned in the NEP 2020,” Pradhan said. “Opening up the campus of these two universities in GIFT City is a ‘Gift’ to the student community,” he added further.
He appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his vision and work in bringing about a transformation in India’s educational system with the NEP. Additionally, he emphasized that these kinds of projects will provide faculty and students from all over the world with the chance to work together, learn from one another, and grow as a community. According to the release, this strategy places a high value on “Internationalisation at Home” to develop a dynamic, inclusive, and diverse learning environment within our own country.