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India and Australia are considering setting up a working group to develop qualifications recognition agreements to improve the two-way mobility of skilled migrants and students.

Education is the biggest connector in the bilateral relationship between Australia and India.

In recent years, India has overtaken China as the largest source country for international students. The statement notes:

“This important work shows that Indian students continue to be a valuable part of our community.”

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In fact, in Australia, fees collected from international students provide about 27% of the total university income.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Scott Morrison; Image source: @SCOMO

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this working group during their annual virtual meeting.

This working group will deal with the recognition of online and blended learning, joint degrees and offshore campuses.

It will help put in place a mechanism to expand academic credential recognition between Australia and India by the end of 2022 and it will be implemented in 2023.

In 2019, India decided to recognize Australian degrees to validate Australia’s global reputation as a leader in higher education.

Then Minister of Education Dan Tehan noted:

“The recognition strengthens the educational relationship between the two countries and demonstrates India and Australia’s continued commitment to collaboration.”

This initiative to recognize Indian qualifications and degrees will support the implementation of Australia’s International Education Strategy 2021-2030.

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Stuart Robert, Acting Minister for Education and Youth, said this task force would consult with stakeholders.

These discussions will identify opportunities for the recognition of Indian higher education qualifications and make recommendations for improving the arrangements.

“Australia has a strong and long-standing relationship with India in education, skills and research.”

he added:

“This collaboration will serve both countries by expanding education cooperation and maximizing mobility outcomes for Australian and Indian students and graduates, as well as our educational institutions. Improved qualifications recognition agreements will also support trade in professional services between Australia and India.

This decision will further strengthen bilateral education cooperation on the recognition of Australian qualifications to support the sustainable growth of high quality Australian education services overseas.

This recognition would be beneficial for skilled Indian migrants whose credentials are not recognized and who end up taking jobs below their skill level to survive in Australia.

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