Australia announces over 11 mn under ‘Maitri’ Scholars Program for Indian Students

Australia announces scholarships worth over 11 mn for Indian Students

The Australian government has pledged over USD 11 million to support Indian students under its ‘Maitri’ Scholars Program for four years. During the joint presser with Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne announced initiatives to strengthen the cultural and educational ties between the two countries.  

“The Maitri Fellowships Program will provide USD 3.5 million over four years to build links between future leaders, will support mid-career Australian and Indian professionals to collaborate on strategic research initiatives,” Payne said. 

She also announced that the Australian government would provide USD 6 million for Maitri cultural partnerships to encourage cultural exchanges between the countries for four years.  

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Payne called the Maitri initiative a “strong positive” for the Australian education sector, currently recovering from the impact of COVID-19.  

Australia, in recent times, has announced a slew of measures to attract foreign students and workers. Some of those include reopening borders for doubly vaccinated foreign citizens after almost two years and a 55 million package for visa fee refund among others.

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