India education market has opportunities and obstacles for Australia

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New Delhi: Students from India are choosing to go to a low-ranked university in the US or Britain or even one with no ranking at all rather than choose an Australian university of which there are six in the top 100 globally.
The chief executive of the Group of Eight universities, Vicki Thomson, said not enough was being done to sell Australian university education as a high-end product focused on research, and too often higher education was seen by would-be students as connected to migration.
“We are a quality market but we’re not perceived in that context. We do ourselves a disservice being focused on volume over quality. The challenge is to simplify our message and sell our selves as a quality destination.” “India is a long game and we’ve got to be in it for the long-term. It’s about quality, it’s about getting long-term research partners and building foundations.
Higher education exports will be discussed at The Australian Financial Review India Business Summit on Thursday, which will also be addressed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the president of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
Thomson said Australia had a responsibility to build global research capacity by making sure tertiary-educated students went back to their country of origin.
“We want some Indian students to come and stay. Yes. But we want the majority to return. That’s good for soft diplomacy and building research capacity globally.” In September the University of Queensland signed a joint venture with the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, to jointly supervise up to 300 PhDs in science and engineering.
IIT-Delh is one of six “institutions of eminence” nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is ranked so highly in India that only 0.5 of a per cent of applicants end up studying there.
Vice chancellor of the University of Queenslan,d Peter Høj, said Indian students in the joint program will spend their first year in India, their second year in Australia and their third and fourth years in their home country. “We call these our “I Students”. They will contribute to building India’s infrastructure. We hope by finishing in India they will stay there to work.” Professor Høj said that although Australia had a remarkable 7 universitys

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