The Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese has revealed that he had talks with Mr Modi regarding exciting new avenues for deepening Australia’s educational ties with India.
In their first meeting, the Prime Ministers of India and Australia discussed taking bilateral relations further by collaborating in different sectors, including education.
Talking to media persons, Mr Albanese said, “We talked about the potential for education exchange particularly the potential for Australian universities taking advantage of the changed position of India and serving both students locally based in India who could spend some time in their home country of India studying at Australia-based universities and then perhaps complete half of their degree as well in Australia.”
“I think that’s an exciting proposal from Prime Minister Modi and one that benefits both our nations,” he added.
Modi and Albanese met in Tokyo on the sidelines of the Quad summit. After taking oath on Monday, this was the Australian Prime Minister’s first official visit.
Migration expert Chaman Preet says this is an exciting announcement for the Indian subcontinent, for their students and economy.
“The announcement exhibits the government’s endeavour to improve opportunities for students and international relations,” said Ms Chaman Preet of Melbourne-based Migration and Education Experts.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Mr Albanese to visit India soon.
“Prime Minister Modi, we also had very constructive discussions. I have visited India both as a backpacker but also as a leader of a parliamentary delegation, and I was pleased that Prime Minister Modi invited me to visit India soon as well, and we will work on some dates,” Mr Albanese told the reporters.
“The relationship with India, which will grow to be the third-largest economy in the world in coming years, is a very important one for Australia and the diaspora in Australia is, of course, a growing one,” he said.
Narendra Modi said India’s Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Australia is robust and benefits not only the people of our nations but also the world.
“Was delighted to meet PM @AlboMP and take stock of bilateral ties. We discussed ways to add even greater momentum across key sectors,” tweeted Mr Modi.