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Semesters abroad will be available at Deakin University in GIFT City.

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April 3, 2023

Deakin University, an Australian public institution, will be the first foreign university to establish a campus in Gujarat International Financial Tec-City (GIFT City). 

The university will offer professional master’s programs in business analytics and cybersecurity starting in July 2024. The campus will have a 25,000-square-foot international branch built with a 4 million Australian dollar Investment

Students will have the opportunity to transfer to one of Deakin’s five campuses in Australia. The entry requirements will be the same as those for the Australian campuses, and the programs will follow the same schedule and trimester structure. 

The university will gradually increase enrollment until it reaches approximately 100 students, with tuition costs expected to be half of what Deakin charges in Australia.

While completing postgraduate degrees in GIFT City, Deakin students will not be eligible for the post-study work visa. However, their Australian degree will get them extra points in their visa application. 

Deakin University will begin accepting applicants at the end of 2023 and hiring teachers at the beginning of 2024. Most of the professors will be from India, and Indian professors will also benefit from opportunities offered at Deakin’s home campuses. The University of Wollongong in Australia has also committed to establishing a campus in GIFT City.

Deakin’s decision to launch in GIFT City was due to the availability of schools, inexpensive housing, hotels, and recreational amenities within the city. GIFT City’s IFSC norms, which mandate that rules and standards at international schools match those at home campuses, also made the opportunity appealing. 

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) is delighted that Deakin University is the first foreign university to set up a campus in India, and other Australian universities are also in contact with Indian authorities.


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