International Educational Partnerships through AIBX 2022

The Australia India Business Exchange 2022 trade mission, which was held from September 25 to 30, concluded in Bangalore with the signing of numerous educational partnerships.

Bengaluru’s series of events kicked off with a formal dinner with leaders from South India’s education sector, on-site visits to edtech start-up educational institutions, followed by a engaging discussion on investing in education.

This session brought together industry experts on ways to increase investment in education technology through private equity and venture capital. Attracting investors to support ambitious projects such as establishing a for-profit campus in GIFT City was also discussed.

Next is the showcase of future skills, technology and education hosted at Atlassian’s vibrant premises. Austrade CEO, Mr. Xavier Simonet was also present at this showcase where Austrade had eight remarkable announcements to make in addition to the launch of the Future Skills Initiative, the Australia-India Innovation Network (AIIN) and the Australia -India Cybersecurity Hackathon Challenge. The showcase also hosted a panel discussion on “Deepening education, technology and skills partnerships between Australia and India”.

The first showcase launch was of an exciting 10-year program – the UniSA-Accenture partnership. UniSA will offer a Bachelor of Digital Business based on content provided by Accenture. It also includes Accenture scholarship and internship opportunities for students.

An agreement has also been formalized between Griffith University, UpGrad (an Indian unicorn) and its constituent companies Insofe and UpGrad Atlas. A 3+2 transfer arrangement has materialized for UpGrad students to study a Masters in Information Technology at Griffith University.

The Australian College of Disability & Community Studies has also signed a Curriculum Design Agreement with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Social Work. This agreement, which aligns with Austrade’s Transnational Skills and Education programme, has provided TISS students with an articulation route to Australia.

The showcase also had an official signing of Curtin University’s partnership with the Indian School of Mines – a collaboration on the Technology Innovation in Exploration and Mining (TEXMiN) initiative.

In addition, Austrade announced initiatives to expand understanding of the Indian market and increase the Study Australia brand presence in South Asia.

Initiatives include:

  • Study Australia’s India Student Hub (Digital Education Hub) which provides Indian students with access to digital tools and resources to inform and inspire their study choices in Australia.
  • The Study Australia guide – expected to be released before February 2023 intake. The guide will be a one-stop-shop for Indian students considering studying in Australia with information on Australian universities, living and study options.
  • The South Asian Forum of Australian Education Providers (SAFAEP) which positions the Australian education brand in South Asia and provides a platform to discuss market insights and develop shared industry knowledge.
  • Released Brand Perceptions and Marketing Insights Report which shares insights from Austrade’s omnichannel campaigns for the Digital Education Hub and leverages marketing strategies for Australian institutions to position the Australian brand of the education in India.

These announcements underscore the passion and hard work of our industry and government colleagues to raise the profile of Australian education and explore new business models in India and South Asia.

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