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QSEC signs MOU with Artha 

QSEC signs MOU to offer AQF Courses in India

Sam Freeman


In the presence of Australian Minister of Education & Training, the Honourable Simon Birmingham, and Indian Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shree Rajiv Pratap Rudy, The Queensland Skills & Education Consortium (QSEC) signed an MOU with Artha, a fully owned subsidiary of Bennet Property Holdings Ltd. A detailed agreement with a long term road map is now being rolled out by the two entities.

The MOU, which took place at the 4th Australia India Skills Conference in Delhi, will see the setup of specially designed centres for the delivery of Australian Qualifications in a range of industries. The programs are targeted at existing workers, providing a vehicle to progress their career within India and abroad. The facilities will be established under the Knowledge Park bran, being rolled out by Artha.

Initially, the courses will be Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Certificate IV & Diploma Level programs in the areas of:

  • Retail Management,

  • Hospitality Management,

  • Automotive Engineering, and

  • Nutrition and Food Science.

Knowledge Park is an initiative of the Artha Group, a fully owned subsidiary of Bennett Property Holdings Ltd. Times Group is India's largest media conglomerate with a legacy of over 180 years. The group's diverse interests range across publishing, television, radio, internet, events, education & real estate.

Knowledge Parks are being rolled out with a vision to provide a 'unique education destination' for the aspiring Indian millennials with the power of choice to study a wide range of vocational and upskilling courses from a variety of international education providers. It's truly bringing the quality global education to the doorstep of the Indian student population.

QSEC is a group of high quality education institutes from Queensland, Australia that work collaboratively on a range of projects in India. QSEC was established in early 2016 and is supported by Trade and Investment QLD. Till date QSEC has worked with many Central and State Government agencies on the delivery of training programs for unskilled youth, this includes The Ministry of Rural Development and State Governments in Telangana, Kerala and Odisha.

Sam Freeman from QSEC said "We are delighted to partner with such an illustrious organisation as The Artha Group. This partnership will grow the understanding and aspiration of vocational training in a market where it is seen as the poor cousin of higher education. We are very thankful to AusTrade for introducing us to Artha."

In Phase 2, the partners will work on the delivery of entry level skilling courses, a range of sports programs as well as establishing an Australian Primary School.

The first two sites will be in Bangalore and Chennai, with enrolments commencing in the second half of 2017.

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