A GIFT in India for Aus unis

The imminent action looks like being in Ahmedabad, in Gujurat state

Word is that a Deakin U campus there will be announced there next week (CMM yesterday). And last July Uni Wollongong signed a “letter of intent to establish location for teaching, research and industry engagement” near Ahmedabad.

There’s a reason for that – the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, a financial district in development, where a foreign-uni friendly federal government development agency’s rules apply. Presumably this mattered more before the Free Trade Agreement but Australian universities have been working on growing iunto  India, and deal done is a great result.

On Tuesday Deakin U VC Iain Martin told staff he was just back from India and hopes “to make some further announcements very shortly.”

But Uni Wollongong is happy to declare itself now,  we are very much looking forward to launching our presence and activities later this year, with more details to come,” a universoty representative stated yesterday.