Two Australian universities to open campuses at GIFT city

Gandhinagar (Gujarat): Transformative policy emphasizes ‘Internationalization at Home’, Union Minister Pradhan

BY | Tuesday, 7 November, 2023

Union Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan along with his Australian counterpart, Jason Clare on Tuesday jointly formally announced the opening of Wollongong and Deakin Universities at GIFT City, Gujarat.

The Ministers were attending an event, Arambh (The Beginning), at the GIFT City.

The Ministry of Education, Government of India stated that the opening up of foreign universities on Indian soil is in line with the Nation Education Policy 2020’s vision of the internationalization of education.

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Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said that Foreign University campuses at home will facilitate Study In India and also create a vibrant, diverse and inclusive educational environment as envisioned in the NEP 2020. The Union Minister mentioned that opening up the campus of these two universities in the GIFT City is a ‘Gift’ to the student community. He expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his vision and efforts to transform India’s education through the NEP 2020. He also said that students and faculty from different parts of the world will collaborate, learn, and grow together with such efforts.

This transformative policy emphasizes ‘Internationalization at Home’, aiming to create a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive educational environment within our own country, he added.

The Vice-Chancellors of Deakin University and University of Wollongong stressed the importance of country-to-country partnerships, highlighting the significant growth in bilateral relations between India and Australia, even during challenging times such as the COVID-19 pandemic. They shared the future plans including the scheduled start of courses with opening up of the campuses in India.

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