This means Australian universities will have to work harder to have a presence in India – reforms have happened and more is to come. Collaboration and joint education of a student could be the way of the future. As we reported in an earlier blog, RMIT University is one pioneer of this approach.
The comment came from the chief executive of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), Amitabh Kant.
Why could the supply of Indian students dry up? One main reason is India is determined to improve the quality of its own universities and colleges. Improvements could happen within 3 to 5 years, so it is an urgent issue for Australia.
“It’s important for Australian universities at this stage to collaborate with India’s universities to do joint courses and build up alternative business models.”
Since India would eventually train most its own graduates, it would be better to be part of the changes in India and not just charging fees to students to come to Australia.
What does Mr Kant recommend? As a first step do joint courses and degrees, and take a stake in Indian campuses.
So there it is – right from the top.