UGC Chairman, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia Discuss Collaboration Between Universities
Reported By: Priyanka Chakraborty, Intern
UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar met Deputy High Commissioner of Australia, Sarah Storey, on Friday, June 3, 2022, to discuss collaboration between Indian and Australian universities. Education has been recognized as one of the priority sectors for cooperation by the leadership of India and Australia. And during the meeting, both accept the fact that promoting the effective educational collaboration between the two countries will enhance the international education bonding. M Jagadesh Kumar apprised the Australian side about the various progressive initiatives taken by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Government of India for internationalization of the Indian higher education system, as envisaged in the National Education Policy, 2020, the UGC said in a statement.
“He also shared the key features of the UGC Regulations on Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Educational Institutions to offer Twinning, Joint and Dual Degree Programmes,” the commission said. It also mentions that “The Australian side appreciated the ushering in of the much-awaited UGC regulations on academic collaboration and expressed that they would encourage the Australian higher educational institutions to collaborate with the Indian HEIs under the ambit of these regulations. The charge’ d’affaires, Australian High Commission, hoped that the Task-Force on Education Qualification Recognition will strengthen mobility of students. The UGC chairman further shared that a committee, constituted by the UGC, has been working on various modalities for recognition of foreign qualifications in India.”
Mathew Johnston, Minister Counsellor (Education and Research) – South Asia and Brett Galt-Smith, Counsellor, Education and Research, Australian government were also part of the meeting. Mr Kumar also shared that UGC would bring out a set of enabling regulations so as to allow top-ranked foreign HEIs to open their campuses in India. “The Australian side suggested that a self-regulatory framework for foreign HEIs might be developed for promoting their establishment and operations in India,” according to the official statement.