Australia-India Institute expands to the Sub-Continent

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The Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne, has officially opened a special extension to the Melbourne-based Australia-India Institute during a visit to the site today in New Delhi.

Mr Pyne said expanding the Institute to the subcontinent will help strengthen the growing education and research bonds between Australia and India.

“The inauguration today of the Institute’s New Delhi node is an important milestone as it is the first offshore representation from its base at the University of Melbourne in Victoria,” Mr Pyne said.

“The Institute plays a crucial role in strengthening the relationship in education and research between Australia and India, and the New Delhi node can only strengthen this.

“With nodes also at La Trobe University and the University of New South Wales, it is good to see   deep focus on India at a time when the relationship our two countries is fast growing in importance.

Mr Pyne is in New Delhi to attend a meeting of the Australia India Education Council, and to witness the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) between Australian and Indian education institutions.

“These MoU provide the formal mechanisms for bolstering our already close relationship with India in education, research and skills,” Mr Pyne said.

“I am deeply impressed by India’s efforts to increase access to quality education and it is my aim that this visit results in increased opportunities for Australia in India’s burgeoning education sector.

“We are fortunate to have a strong relationship with India on education matters, forged over many years through educational collaboration and thousands of Indian students choosing Australia.

“I want to see more partnerships between Australian and Indian institutions so that further benefits from greater student, academic and knowledge mobility can be realised.

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