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Professor Amitabh Mattoo, Director, Australia India Institute, The University of Melbourne - India

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Prof Amitabh Mattoo delivered the presentation at the 2014 Australia Asia Education Engagement Symposium. …

Prof Amitabh Mattoo delivered the presentation at the 2014 Australia Asia Education Engagement Symposium.

The Australia Asia Education Engagement Symposium explores key drivers for engagement and set in context the urgent need for Australia to focus attention on building deeper and broader education coalitions and partnerships with Asia.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.informa.com.au/ausasiaeducation14

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  • 1. The Australia-India Relationship Puzzle?
  • 2. ! Convergence of Values ! Convergence of Interests
  • 3. Inadequate understanding, Negligible conversation "The great majority are Hindus and what they believe in is more archaic.” - Sir Owen Dixon: A Biography “Occidentals have difficulty in comprehending India” - Sir Robert Menzies - Afternoon Delight: Some Memories of Men and Events
  • 4. 1947-1990: Years of Mutual Neglect
  • 5. 1990-2010: The Lost Decades India’s nuclear test in 1998 Attack on Indian students in Australia
  • 6. Cricket and Curry may not be enough Sense of familiarity may mask an understanding which is superficial and illusory
  • 7. The relationship blossoms – 2010 •  Bilateral relationship has been strengthened through the Australia – India Strategic Partnership •  Annual high-level exchanges take place between Australian and Indian foreign and trade ministers. •  Two-way trade has grown in value from USD 3.3 billion in 2000 to over USD 17.4 billion in 2012. •  Australia is now the 2nd biggest overseas education destination for Indian students.
  • 8. While Australia is short on patience,   India lacks the infrastructure and capacity
  • 9. The Bridge
  • 10. Building a Capacity to Understand India. Fostering Dialogue, Research and Partnerships
  • 11. o  Undergraduate teaching: Contemporary India o  Postgraduate teaching: India and the world o  MOOC Subject: Contemporary India o  Books o  Task force reports
  • 12. Publications: Books
  • 13. Publications
  • 14. Publications: Fearless Nadia
  • 15. Publications: Task Force Reports
  • 16. Forthcoming Task Force Report on Mining