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Growing engagement between Australia and India


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

India will be a growing source of international students and tertiary education opportunities for Australia, according to a new report released today.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan welcomed the report, saying the Morrison Government was strengthening ties with India to grow Australia’s world-leading international education sector.

The number of Indian students studying in Australia has grown by 71 per cent since 2014, with 107,673 students enrolled to study last year.

Mr Tehan said India had the fastest growing major economy in the world and was the second largest source country of international students for Australia.

"Indian students contributed close to $5.5 billion to the Australian economy through higher education and the country represents a growing opportunity," Mr Tehan said.

"Our two countries share strong cultural, sporting and historical ties and strengthening engagement through higher education will benefit both countries.

"The Australia-India education partnership has been prioritised by the India Economic Strategy (2018), the Foreign Policy White Paper (2017) and the National Strategy for International Education 2025.

"Australia’s Department of Education and India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development will jointly host the India-Australia International Education and Research Workshop in India this year.

"The Morrison Government has provided funding to the Australia India Institute to design and deliver a researcher hub in Delhi to support academics and students to engage with Indian colleagues."

The report, Positioning for deeper engagement: a plan of action in India, was released by the Council of International Education and is available at