The Foreign Minister of Australia, Julie Bishop stated that Indians formed the second largest chunk of overseas students.
Bishop added that they are looking forward to boost the cooperation between both the nations in terms of education. They also have plans to increase student-exchange programs between both the nations.
Throwing light on the 'New Colombo Plan', Bishop stated that it supports Australian undergraduates to study as well as to take part in internships in the Indo-Pacific region. She added that the number of Indian students pursuing their education in Australia is high when compared to the number of Australian students studying in India.
Introduced by the Australian Premier Tony Abbott in 1950, the New Colombo Plan consist of scholarship programs for study for maximum one year and internships or mentorships and a mobility grant program for short as well as long term courses, and research. The new plans encourage the inflow of students from both the nations.
Apparently a letter of intent was signed between St. Stephen's College and University of Melbourne to extend mutual cooperation between both the countries in the academic field.
The Principal of St. Stephen's College, Valson Thampu stated that the details of the mutual cooperation have not yet revealed.