Education Minister Dan Tehan says an official trip through India and Malaysia has laid the foundations for expanded ties with the two countries, with work under way to establish new campuses, boost research collaboration and increase student enrolments.
Mr Tehan, who was joined by senior representatives from the university sector on the tour last week, said his aim was to make the most of the opportunity offered by India – which has the largest number of young people in the world – and consolidate long-running ties with Malaysia.
As universities seek to diversify their international student cohorts and reduce reliance on China, Mr Tehan said India presented a significant opportunity.
“One million Indians turn 18 every month,” he said. “India is going to be the youngest country in the world for quite some time so obviously there are real opportunities there to form a partnership with the Indian government and Indian people, supporting them to educate their people but also to get a greater presence for Indian higher education providers in the Australian market.”