USQ’s efforts in building strong relationships with India received a boost when the High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Dr Ajay Gondane visited USQ Springfield last week (October 6).
Joined by his wife Mrs Varsha Gondane and Honorary Consul of India for Queensland Mrs Archana Singh, His Excellency met with USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellors Mr Carl Rallings (Students & Communities) and Professor Mark Harvey (Research & Innovation).
The visit provided a valuable opportunity for USQ to highlight its current collaborations with India, as well as discuss potential and future opportunities to further the University’s engagement activities with the country.
“India and Australia have many commonalities, which serve as foundation for closer cooperation and multifaceted interactions,” Mr Rallings said.
“This meeting was an opportunity to provide a top-level briefing on relationships and engagements with India, and an opportunity for the University to seek information from the High Commissioner in relation to current issues and developments in India.”
USQ’s commitment to India is reflected in its collaboration with Anand Agricultural University, and USQ has also conducted several cross-institutional visits with the International Corps Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropic regarding opportunities for joint collaboration.
Mr Rallings said USQ is amongst the top 10 Australian recruiters in India and continues to receive top marks from Indian students in terms of their experiences while studying at USQ.
“Indian students are a very important part of USQ’s student demographic as they bring new perspectives and ideas, and add much to the diversity of campus life,” he said.
“The High Commissioner expressed his satisfaction, particularly in relation to USQ’s recent, excellent International Student Barometer results and our important research collaborations.
“He was also pleased with USQ’s commitment to social justice and to developing employability skills in our students.”
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