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Mutual Qualification Recognition Agreement: Australia and India

clock iconCreated At:09 March, 2023
write iconCreated By:Allaa Ashraf

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During a visit by a group of Australian education leaders, an agreement to simplify education and career paths by recognizing qualifications was announced between Australia and India.

Australian transnational education providers who aim to offer programs in India have received positive feedback from stakeholders regarding the Mechanism for the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications, which is "great news."

According to the Indian minister, the scope of the Australia-India Education Council (AIEC) has been expanded to include collaboration in skill development as well.

On March 3, an agreement was reached with the goal of providing students with increased assurance regarding the recognition of their qualifications. The partners have referred to it as "India's most comprehensive education agreement of its kind with another country."

Deakin University has disclosed its intention to establish a complete international branch campus at GIFT City in India, in addition to the University of Wollongong, Australia, which has already announced a teaching location in 2022. This announcement coincides with the agreement regarding the recognition of qualifications between Australia and India.

An MoU was signed between the UK and India in July 2022, allowing for the recognition of each other's higher education qualifications.

As a result of this agreement, the Australian Minister for Education, Jason Clare, who led a delegation of university leaders and education stakeholders to India, stated that the rules for mutual recognition have been established for accessing education in both countries, including qualifications provided online and offshore. Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is scheduled to visit India from March 8th through the 11th.

According to Jason Clare, the agreement will offer "immediate advantages" to both students and higher education institutions in Australia and India. He also stated that the agreement is a reflection of the robust and mutually beneficial partnership between the two nations.

Clare further added that Australian universities are in an excellent position to assist India in accomplishing its domestic education objectives and addressing the skills and employment demands of critical industries in India.

Australian providers have been eyeing opportunities in India for transnational education. They have proposed that Indian students be permitted to work in Australia for longer periods of time in order to address labour shortages. The Australian Education Minister, Jason Clare, led a delegation of university leaders and education stakeholders to India to discuss the recognition of each other's higher education qualifications, which will benefit students and institutions in both countries.

Dharmendra Pradhan, India's education minister, visited Australia to enhance the institutional collaboration further and to create new partnerships in education and research. The recognition agreement will support transnational education and allow students with Indian qualifications to pursue further education in Australia and vice versa. With a significant number of Indian students currently studying in Australia, the recognition of Australian qualifications by the Indian government will enhance their employability and future career prospects.

The Universities Australia and Association of Indian Universities (UA/AIU) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will result in increased student and faculty exchange, dual and joint degrees, twinning programs, and research collaborations, according to Pankaj Mittal, Secretary-General of AIU. 

Mittal added that they have established the Indian Network of International Higher Education and a collaboration portal to facilitate student mobility through mutual recognition of qualifications. This aligns with the National Education Policy's vision of educating 500 million students in India by 2035. Universities Australia chair John Dewar highlighted the strong connections between Australian and Indian universities, with more than 450 formal partnerships between them that are expected to grow further.


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