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Launch of the Indo-Pacific study abroad initiative

Monday, September 8 2014

The PIE NEWs, 4 September 2014 by Beckie Smith |

India is now Australia’s second largest source of international students, with more than 30,000 students receiving visas in 2013-14. Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott is keen to see “hundreds and thousands” of Australian students studying at Indian universities, he said at the launch of the country’s Indo-Pacific study abroad initiative, the New Colombo Plan (NCP), in India this week.

At an event held at Mumbai University and attended by the Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of several top Australian and Indian universities, Abbott said the two countries have “much to offer” each other. India will be one of 35 countries to welcome Australian undergraduates and interns from 2015, joining recent additions including Japan and all 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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