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Deakin University India: Program Details, Fees, Scholarships And More

The opening of Deakin University GIFT City Campus strengthens educational ties between Australia and India. Find out if it's the right school for you

Sun Jan 28 2024

Deakin University—a university in Victoria, Australia—recognized among the top 1% universities globally, inaugurated its India campus in January, 2024. 

This significant initiative symbolizes the strong partnership, cooperation, and dedication fostered between the Indian and Australian Governments and Deakin University. 

Business degree programs at Deakin University India

Deakin's GIFT City Campus in India provides local students with the opportunity to enroll in Deakin's cutting-edge postgraduate programs in business analytics and cybersecurity. Notably, these programs are offered at half the cost of Australian international fees, making quality education more accessible to students in the region.

“Australia setting up India’s first ever foreign university campus is a landmark moment in Australia-India relations. This opens a new chapter in our education ties, and this is only the beginning,” said His Excellency Philip Green OAM, Australian High Commissioner to India, during his address at the inauguration event.

Iain Martin is the vice-chancellor professor appointed to Deakin University.

"Opening the world's first international branch campus in India reflects our commitment to offering global education that empowers students to excel in the digital age. This is an investment in the future leaders who will uphold and strengthen the bond between our nations," he said. 

"Steadfast in our promise to give back to the community and change lives, Deakin University will grant two fully funded scholarships to economically challenged students," he added. 

Commenting on this significant milestone in Indo-Australian educational relations, Ravneet Pawha, vice-president (Global Alliances) and CEO (South Asia), added that Indian students and professionals should seize this opportunity to emerge as global pioneers in a technology-driven economy.

"Our bold vision is for GIFT City to be a regional hub in the future, attracting students from across the globe to India, and offering Australian students a unique opportunity to spend a trimester at Gujarat,” she said. 

In January 2023, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and Deakin University, Australia founded a research academy in India to conduct collaborative global research projects, joint supervision, and meritorious scholarships.

IIT Madras Deakin University Research Academy is also launching a comprehensive four-year joint PhD program, offering valuable international doctoral training opportunities for early-stage researchers. 

The initiative includes the allocation of 30 scholarships in 2024, catering to scholars from both IIT Madras and Deakin University, as outlined in a release by IIT Madras. The program will facilitate participation in an open innovation ecosystem and research network, providing scholars with the chance to collaborate with esteemed industry partners in both India and Australia.

Unique features of GIFT City Campus

Collaborating with industry leaders such as Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, HCL, Xebia, NSE Academy, and IIBX, the GIFT City Campus integrates Australian education with the Indian industry, providing students with real-world exposure. 

Academic teams comprise a blend of local and international expertise, maintaining high standards with stringent selection criteria. In the recruitment process, 80% of the facilities will be staffed by Indians, with the remaining 20% from abroad. Guest lectures by industry leaders enrich the learning experience.

The university also boasts state-of-the-art, digitally enabled classrooms, libraries, and learning spaces, committed to carbon neutrality, and seamlessly integrated with Deakin's campuses in Australia.

Program details and fees

Deakin University's GIFT City Campus in India offers two in-demand, industry-relevant postgraduate courses: Business Analytics and Cyber Security. Both programs are recognized by the Australian Computer Society. 

The two-year course, which can be fast-tracked to 18 months, is priced at around INR 21 lakh. The program will feature a blend of local and international faculty, supplemented by guest lectures from prominent industry figures. 

Applications for the Deakin GIFT City Campus are open until March 31, 2024, with classes slated to begin in July 2024.

The selection criteria include the undergraduate (UG) percentage and CAT requirements, with subsequent evaluation through a personal interview. In the initial round of screening, the acceptance rate stands at 10%.

Deakin University: a legacy of excellence since 1974

Founded in 1974, Deakin University has emerged as a beacon of excellence in teaching, research, and collaborative partnerships with industry and government. The institution is dedicated to delivering high-quality courses and conducting impactful research that contributes to both domestic and international communities.

Deakin University's foray into South Asia dates to 1994 when it established operations in New Delhi, India. As one of the pioneering overseas education providers in the region, Deakin has played a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape. 

In South Asia, the university actively collaborates with government bodies, industries, and academic institutions, fostering a vibrant culture of education and research. Through these engagements, Deakin continues to make a significant difference in the educational journey of students and the broader community.

Deakin University's global standing is underscored by its impressive rankings in renowned assessments such as Times Higher Education (THE), QS, and the US News & World Report.

In the latest THE University Ranking, Deakin University holds a position in the range of 251-300 in 2023, affirming its consistent presence among the world's top universities. 

According to the US News & World Report Global Universities rankings for 2023, Deakin University has made a commendable improvement, securing the 217th position. Additionally, in the QS rankings, Deakin University has demonstrated improvement, elevating its position from 2021 to 2024.