Australia’s Central Queensland University (CQU) has joined hands with India’s Infosys Limited (Infosys) to form a first-of-its-kind cross-border academia-corporate partnership.
This partnership will strengthen collaborative efforts on training, education and upskilling for the youth and corporates.
CQU happens to be the first Queensland University to partner with Infosys on two of their learning platforms, Springboard and Wingspan.
Professor Nick Klomp, Vice Chancellor of CQU, said:
“This is a landmark partnership between an Australian university and Infosys. We believe that through our partnership with Infosys, CQUniversity will be able to speak to the Australia-India education strategy of providing world class educational content that builds capacity, is accessible and most importantly delivered in-country.”
As a part of the partnership, an MoU was signed to create re-skilling initiative building on the Springboard collaboration, wherein CQU shall offer course modules on economics, finance, and journalism with Indian universities.
The content generated through these courses will be available free of charge to Indian nationals.
Further, the MoU also covers Wingspan association wherein CQU will offer its expertise in public health, nursing, and allied healthcare sectors, making training modules accessible to the Indian healthcare sector and other relevant stakeholders.
This initiative will allow Infosys’ corporate partners to have access to training modules from CQU and further help in upskilling.
CQU and Infosys signed the MoU with the help of Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ), Government of Queensland’s dedicated global business agency.
Abhinav Bhatia, Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, South Asia at Trade and Investment Queensland said:
“Corporate-academia partnership is the way forward to address the skill gap and train the workforce to develop new skills. This partnership will become a model for more such engagements between Indian corporates and Queensland (Australia) institutes.”
The academic modules will be targeted at young adults, and Indian healthcare sectors and speaks to the Australia-India education strategy of providing world-class educational content in-country that is accessible.
The partnership will therefore be instrumental in shaping the academic programmes centered around re-skilling and upskilling of the global workforce.
Central Queensland University is also celebrating twenty years of association with India and South Asia.
Australia and India have also signed a Framework Mechanism for Mutual Recognition of Qualifications that will help ease the mobility of students and professionals between the two countries.
The signing of CQU-Infosys MoU took place in the presence of Australia’s Minister of Education Jason Clare MP who was in India to promote institutional-level MoUs between Indian and Australian universities in research and academic collaborations.