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Strengthening education relationships with China and India.

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Media Release


16 October 2003 MIN 500/03

Between 18 and 23 October, I will be leading a delegation of senior Australian educators to India and China to enhance education linkages.

I will be travelling with Professor Deryck Schreuder, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia (and President of the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee), Professor Ian Goulter, Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University, Professor Denise Bradley, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Australia, Professor Michael Osborne, Vice-Chancellor of Latrobe University, Mr Mark Lucas, Managing Director of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, Ms Gillian Shadwick, Institute Director, TAFE NSW, and Mr John Mullarvey, the Chief Executive of the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee.

In China, I will meet with my counterpart ministers in education and science as well as other high level representatives from the education, science and training sectors.

I will announce a China-Australia Arrangement on Higher Education Qualifications Recognition and the Chinese recipient of the prestigious Australia Asia Awards. I will also discuss activities funded by both the Australian and Chinese Governments under the Special Science Fund.

These activities will strengthen our bilateral relationship and enhance student mobility, credit transfer and research collaboration.

While in India I plan to meet with the President of India, Dr Abdul Kalam, and other high level government and education officials. I will be signing the first formal bilateral agreement on education and training between India and Australia.

This agreement will provide a joint framework in areas including the reform of technical education, increased institution to institution linkages and research partnerships.

I will then travel to the United Kingdom to participate in the 15th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in Edinburgh, Scotland, to discuss six major education action areas relating to the theme: Access, Inclusion and Achievement - Closing the Gap.

International education services are Australia’s third largest services export, earning around $5 billion a year.

Media Contact: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Liz De Luca 0412 796 307