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Australia’s Deakin University Inaugurates India’s First Foreign Branch Campus

                                                          Australia’s Deakin University Inaugurates India’s First Foreign Branch Campus  

PA/01/2024                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10/01/2024


Australia’s High Commissioner to India HE Philip Green OAM, today lauded the inauguration of Australia’s Deakin University branch campus in GIFT City, Gujarat – the first foreign university to ever open a campus in India.  

“I am so proud that the first university to establish a campus in India from anywhere in the world is Australia’s Deakin University at GIFT City. This opens a new chapter in Australia-India education ties, and this is only the beginning,” High Commissioner Green said. 

Consistent with GIFT City’s priority sectors, Deakin University’s new state-of-the-art campus will enable students to study a Master of Business Analytics and Master of Cybersecurity (Professional) from July this year.  

“Deakin University has had a remarkable 30-year presence in India, with investments in all aspects of higher education - from research collaborations with India Institutes of Technology, establishing a joint centre focussed on nanotechnology and sustainability with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), to their Global Job Readiness program for skilling young India with the National Skill Development Corporation. The campus is the next step in Deakin University’s long-term strategy of investment in India’s future,” he said.  

Australia welcomed over 122,000 Indian students in 2023 providing them with qualifications for their global careers. With Deakin University’s campus opening in India, more Indian students can now benefit from an Australian education without having to leave home and Australia is looking forward to more Indian students having this opportunity. 

India has great ambitions for economic and social development and a growing young population and Australia is already delivering on this ambition. By 2047, 1 in 4 workers globally will be from India – Australia is keen and prepared to engage with India’s role in supplying global workforce.

 “The opening is a testament to the Australian education system, India’s progressive education policy and the warm and close relations between our nations. Later in 2024, we look forward to celebrating the opening of India’s second foreign branch campus in GIFT City by the University of Wollongong, also from Australia,” he added.

 The inauguration took place during the 10th Edition of Vibrant Gujarat where High Commissioner Green is leading a strong 90-member delegation, including representatives from 36 Australian universities. Australia’s strong representation signals the importance it attaches to greater two-way business activity and trade and investment opportunities with India.