Indian school principals visit Swinburne
Date posted: Tuesday 28 Sep 2010
As part of a 12-day tour of Australia, a delegation of 10 Indian school principals visited Swinburne University of Technology yesterday to learn more about the Australian education sector.
Hailing from Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, the Punjab and Hyderabad, the principals met with senior university staff and students to exchange knowledge about the two countries.
During his presentation, Swinburne Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Recruitment Mr Jeffrey Smart said that Australian universities, including Swinburne, are well connected on an international level.
“Swinburne has been in co-operation with India for 20 years and has established a number of research and educational partnerships with Indian institutions including Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M), University of Madras and Anna University to name a few,” he said.
“Both Australia and India provide very high quality education and there are many benefits to offering dual degrees that combine the best qualifications that two universities have to offer, foster staff and student mobility and facilitate dual research projects.
“For example, we recently signed a MoU with IIT-M that will enable future collaborations in biotechnology and engineering – areas in which both universities excel.
Mr Smart also spoke of the international student support services that the university offers.
“Over the past year, Australian universities have worked together to ensure that we enhanced our student support for international students.
“Swinburne has always had excellent support services in place, but in the last year we have introduced a number of new initiatives including an after-hours hotline which gives students easy access to information and services including doctors, legal practitioners and trained counsellors.”
RMIS International Principal Mr Kishor Pillai applauded the streamlined approach to student safety taken by Australian universities together with the Australian Government.
Organised by Sonya International Education Centre, the delegation will be in Australia from 26 September to 7 October. It aims to promote the benefits and rewards of an Australian education, work culture and way of life.
The delegation will also meet with representatives of other universities in Sydney and Melbourne, TAFE directors, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development Melbourne, Universities Australia, Austrade Melbourne, and the Safe Community Unit of Victorian Police.