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    THINK OF Australia and what comes to mind is cricket. Beyond cricket and a shared commonwealth history, bi-lateral relations between the two countries have always been on an edge. However, in an effort to bring about a change, a consortium of top Australian Universities — Macquarie University, Griffith University, Deakin University, The University of Sydney, Australian National University and University of New South Wales — have come to India as a part of the Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD).

    The universities will bring together 30 emerging young leaders in the age group of 18 to 35 years from both the countries and provide them a platform to discuss and share ideas on topics of mutual interest such as politics, economics, environment and culture.

    As a part of the event, annual conferences will be held in both the countries which will be attended by experts from areas such as international security, education, social innovation, diaspora, media, foreign direct investment and sustainability.

    "The panel discussion themes identified for the conference reflect some of the most pressing concerns that Australia and India share," said Ruchir Punjabi, Chairman, AIYD. The selected AIYD delegates will also get an opportunity to tour places of sporting and cultural significance.

    "Our involvement will provide us with a good insight into how the countries’ future leaders think and how their university education has prepared them for their careers," said Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University.

    According to her, Deakin has already committed more than six million dollars for various research initiatives with leading Indian institutions and corporations.

    "India has been important to Deakin for a long time. We were the first international university to establish an office in Delhi in 1996 and today, through the Deakin India Research Initiative, we play a leading role in producing industry-ready doctoral candidates with economic benefits for both India and Australia," said Hollander, adding that "it is important that we continue to strengthen our ties." Deakin University offers over 500 degree courses across the fields of Arts, Science, Engineering, Health, Nursing, Sport, Business, Commerce and Management.

    Engineering and Management are the two popular choices of Indian students.

    The university currently offers scholarships ranging from Rs. 1.3 lakh to Rs. 3.8 lakh, designed exclusively for the benefit of Indian students.

    Article Source: Mail Today