The High Commissioner of India in Australia, His Excellency Dr Ajay Marotrao Gondane, recently visited Adelaide for the first time and engaged with representatives from the education sector during a visit to Flinders University.
The visit comes at an opportune time for South Australia to continue the expansion of its international education industry, already the state’s must valuable service export worth over $1 billion per annum.
India is currently the world’s fastest growing economy and is expected to maintain a growth rate in excess of 7.5% per annum over the next few years.
The country aims to train more than 400 million people by 2022 with the ambition to make India the skill capital of the world representing a significant opportunity for South Australian institutes to export their knowledge.
His Excellency met with representatives from the vocational and higher education sectors in a roundtable discussion that highlighted how Adelaide can assist India along its journey of transformation.
“His Excellency spoke about the similarities between India and Australia,” said Andrew Houey, Director International Marketing, Study Adelaide, “while there may by differences in culture, both countries share the same values related to democracy, freedom of speech and spirit and this is something to consider when doing business in the sub-continent.”
The delegation, which also included Mr Bawitlung Vanlalvawna, Consul General of India in Sydney, then met with students from India while touring the award-winning Plaza and Student Hub facilities at Flinders University.
More than 3,500 students from India choose to study in Adelaide which is just over 10% of the 34,000 plus students from 130 countries that come here every year.
StudyAdelaide will be running a series of events to grow that number even further as part of the Government’s State Business Mission to India in November.
The briefing was attended by StudyAdelaide members from both the vocational and higher education sectors including Torrens University, Ironwood Careers & Training, Le Cordon Bleu, Salford College and Flinders University, and organised by the Government of South Australia Department of Premier & Cabinet.
StudyAdelaide promotes Adelaide as an international study destination to parents, students and education agents both in Australian and overseas. StudyAdelaide is funded through the Government of South Australia, Adelaide City Council, the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Flinders University and more than 40 other member institutions.