In a move to develop the Indian international student base the The Group of Eight Universities (Go8) has tied up with six elite Indian schools. A contract in this regard has been signed between the eight Australian universities and the Delhi based Indian schools on August 24, 2015.
The Delhi Teachers will be offered training by the Australian universities and the elite students would have the opportunity to live, study and research in some of the most livable cities in the world.
According to the agreement the Australian universities will give these elite Indian school students career advice, and development opportunities such as debating competitions.
The best Indian school students will also be given with an opportunity to learn about high-level research in the summer schools in Australia.
The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises Australia's eight leading research Universities: The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, The University of Adelaide, Monash University and UNSW Australia.
These are some of the best research Universities in the world, and this is being recognised by India and its elite schools.
India was very much on the Go8's radar and Australian universities want to engage the quality students who have been seeking to pursue study in the UK and US.
Speaking about the agreement, Vicky Thomson, CEO of Go8 said "This is now a concerted push by the Go8. Importantly as Australia's leading research Universities they will be working with Indian schools and students to instill an early passion for research." .
"The tie up will help strengthen the profile of Australian universities in India which, even though its middle and upper classes speak English, lags China as a source of International students for Australia, " he added.
In 2014, the Go8 had 2401 students from India.