For Australia's prestigious research universities, the Group of Eight (Go8), this week's visit to India by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Education Minister Simon Birmingham is an opportunity to be seized.
It could help solve a major problem, which is that they are very reliant on China for their lucrative international student business, to a far greater degree than the university sector as a whole.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has commissioned a top-level inquiry into the economic potential of engaging with India amid growing concerns that efforts to tap into the rapidly developing regional power have stagnated.
The Group of Eight is pushing for a new visa class to attract PhD students as it seeks to unlock the potential of the Indian market.
“A special class of visa for researchers and PhD graduates would counter the perception that Australia was ambivalent about attracting the best research talent from around the world,” said Go8 chief executive Vicki Thomson.