Deakin’s announcement of the location at GIFT City in India was made ahead of Anthony Albanese’s trip to the country in early March.
India’s International Financial Services Center Authority had earlier said the campus would offer courses in financial management, fintech, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The university is said to be investing $4 million in India over the next two to three years Hindus.
The campus will be operational by mid-2024 at the latest and will deliver “work-ready” graduates to meet India’s workforce requirements and reinforce Deakin’s “commitment to providing world-class education and teaching to students around the world”. said the university.
“Deakin was the first international university to establish a presence in India in 1994 and since then, through innovative collaborations across research, education and training, we have forged a bond based on commitment, excellence, trust and transparency,” said Deakin Vice-Chancellor Iain Martin .
“Our partnership with India is one of the jewels in the crown of our growth and success in nearly 50 years of Deakin’s existence since humble beginnings on a green field at Waurn Ponds in 1974.”
The initial intake will be between 50-60 students who will be charged around 50% of DU courses in Australia and despite the trimester opportunity in Australia will not be eligible for work rights after graduation.
“Our India partnership is one of the jewels in the crown of our growth”
The number of students in India – in the two-year post-graduate master’s in cyber security and business analytics programs – will later increase to 100.
Stakeholders are known to have questioned in the past whether, without access to labor rights, TNE courses taught overseas offer the same outcomes as programs taught domestically.
“The new campus aims to provide world-class postgraduate education to meet industry demands for a skilled workforce within the country,” commented Deakin Vice President (Global Alliances) and Managing Director (South Asia) Ravneet Pawha.
It will also provide “better opportunities” for local students who cannot afford to travel and live in Australia to study, the institution noted, adding that the campus will operate to standards and requirements equivalent to those at Deakin’s four campuses in Australia. .
The standard will be the same at GIFT City as in Australia, with academic standards based on Deakin’s standard frameworks and handbooks in line with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.
Martin said Financial Express that while the branch campus will initially serve Indian students, it could potentially welcome students from other South Asian nations later.
“There will definitely be an exchange of students between Australian campuses and IBC,” he said. The prime minister also shared his hopes for increased cross-cultural exchange between the two countries.
I would very much like to see an increasing number of Australian and Indian students having experience of living and studying in our respective countries – and bringing those experiences home. pic.twitter.com/MUm1eFfGoZ
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) March 10, 2023
About 20% of the teaching will be provided by staff from Australia, with Indian staff having the opportunity to visit Australia every 18 months, Martin added.