The University of Wollongong (UOW) has officially opened a new teaching campus in Hong Kong and is set to establish its first International Branch Campus (IBC) in India. This move allows Indian students to earn Australian degrees without having to relocate to Australia.
UOW already has a strong global presence, with campuses in Dubai, Malaysia, and now Hong Kong. The new campus in India will be located in the GIFT City precinct, making UOW one of the first foreign universities to have an IBC in India.
India’s large and youthful population, with over 50% below the age of 25, presents significant opportunities for higher education institutions like UOW to play a pivotal role in skills development and nurturing young talent in the country.
UOW received in-principle approval in May 2023 to establish an IBC in GIFT City. To ensure accessibility and affordability for students, the university plans to offer programs with tuition fees set at 50% of those charged to international students studying at UOW’s Australian campuses. Additionally, merit scholarships will be available to bright and capable students.
Professor Patricia M. Davidson, Vice-Chancellor and President of UOW emphasized the importance of India as a partner for the university, citing extensive links through alumni networks and government and industry partnerships. UOW aims to serve India’s young population with a world-class education and contribute to the growth of GIFT City.
UOW is ranked among the top 1% of universities globally and currently operates nine Australian campuses, with offshore campuses accounting for at least 40% of the university’s international student body. Deakin University is also planning to establish its first international branch campus in GIFT City, offering postgraduate courses starting next year.
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