24 August 2009

Minister sent to India to smooth the way for students

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The Australian Education Minister Julia Gillard will visit India this month in an attempt to repair relations and restore confidence in Australia student visa and education process.

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Gillard will visit India later this month to meet on the issues of Australian student visas and overseas students.

Recently there have been a spate of assaults on Indian students that have threatened the AU$15 billion market for overseas students.

Ms Gillard said the government was committed to taking its relationship with India to a higher level and engaging on a long-term, strategic basis.

Departing August 30, the education minister will use the five-day trip to spruik recent efforts to improve the quality of education for overseas students, including the re-registration of education providers.

To study in Australia, overseas nationals need to have an Australian Student Visa.

The Government has also announced a review of the international education sector, including laws governing Australia student visas, by former federal Liberal MP Bruce Baird.

On her trip to New Delhi and Chennai, Ms Gillard will visit educational institutions and meet with Indian students who have studied in Australia.

She will also meet with Kapil Sibal, Minister for Human Resource Development and other government officials.

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