Education delegates travel to India on peace mission
A delegation of nine Australia delegates, headed by Colin Walters, a senior official with the Australian Department of Education, have begun a tour of India to salvage Australia’s damaged reputation following attacks on Indian students.
The tour will introduce new measures to ensure prospective Indian students are well-informed about what to expect in Australia through regulated marketing, and provide an overview of the new Council of Australian Governments’ International Student Strategy involving pre-arrival orientations and improved multicultural education in Australian schools.
The delegation will also announce new safety initiatives to reassure students’ families that Australia is a safe place to study.
President of the Federation of Indian Students of Australia Amit Menghani was critical of the delegation: “They’re investing a lot of money sending this delegation to India to convince them that everything is okay, but there’s no point in doing this. They should instead give a concrete agenda on what they’re doing to eliminate these attacks.”
Education is Australia’s third largest export, and top service export, generating more than $15 billion per annum.