MoU fosters Education Partnership in India
Published: 30 Sep 2015
Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is positioning to become a leading educational partner to governments and institutions in India as the country looks to meet targets for a skilled workforce through quality vocational education and training programs. The first agreement with CIT and local partners to develop training for schools in India has just been signed in India.
Representing the ACT's vocational and education training system, the ACT Minister for Education and Training, Joy Burch MLA and CIT Chief Executive Officer, Leanne Cover, reached an agreement with the India-based multinational company NeST Information Technologies and CIT to jointly develop and deliver spatial information and surveying programs into schools in India.
"CIT's spatial information and surveying programs are very well-respected, with programs delivered throughout Australia and through a range of successful international projects.
"We are proud to deliver this premier training and pleased to expand its reach across new borders," Ms Cover said.
"CIT and the ACT Government Department of Education and Training are establishing a strong reputation in India's education regions. We have reached an important agreement where CIT will develop, in collaboration with India, specialised expertise for workforce development, and in exchange, we will be able to offer some exciting opportunities for CIT teachers and students."
The Government of India has set a target of creating a 500 million strong skilled workforce by 2022, with a particular focus on skilling youth (15-24 years old), which represents 19% of the population. The delivery of quality vocational programs into schools in India will be critical for reaching this target.
Ms Burch and Ms Cover will also meet with the Gujarat Education Minister, Shri Bhupendrasinh Manubha Chudasm later in the week to sign an MoU with the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University. The MoU will facilitate academic exchanges for staff and students between CIT and the university and for the development of specialised programs in crime scene investigation for police forces in India.
"Crime scene investigation is another area of CIT expertise that international police forces around the world, from the Middle East to the Pacific, utilise for professional development. I am looking forward to forming an official CIT partnership with the only specialist forensic science university in the world in Gujarat. Expanding our expertise in this area will create new opportunities for both institutions," Ms Cover said.
"India has long been identified as a region of strategic priority for CIT. These formal collaborative agreements reached this week will go a long way to making this happen," Ms Cover said.