The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews has completed a round of engagements, aimed at strengthening educational ties across India, Sri Lanka and Singapore.
Coinciding with Australian Business Week in India, Ms Andrews met with India’s Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy (pictured) to discuss collaboration in vocational education and training between the two countries.
“Australia and India have an enviable partnership, with 60,000 Indian higher education students choosing to study in Australia last year,” Ms Andrews said.
She also met with India’s Minister of State for Higher Education, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, to discuss opportunities in higher education.
In Singapore, the minister visited James Cook University’s Singapore campus and the Singapore Institute of Technical Training, working in conjunction with the Box Hill Institute of TAFE.
However, the trip didn’t attract bipartisan support. The Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships Senator Doug Cameron accused the minister of going “missing in India”.
“It beggars belief that the Assistant Minister for Skills decides to go to India during National Skills Week,” Senator Cameron said.