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Be leaders in family, friends circle and at school, Australian foreign minister tells students in Gurgaon

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop visited Gurgaon’s Shiv Nadar School as part of an initiative under the Australia-India BRIDGE School Partnerships Project.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 19, 2017 23:45 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
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Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop arrives at the Shiv Nadar school on Wednesday.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Over two hundred and fifty students from Delhi NCR on Wednesday interacted with Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop, who was in Gurgaon as part of an initiative aimed at developing student and teacher exchange programmes between the two countries. The programmes have been commissioned under the Australia-India BRIDGE School Partnerships Project.

Bishop, during her visit to Shiv Nadar school, participated in a live interaction with the BRIDGE students in Australia and India on the theme STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.

She also shared her insight and thoughts on the theme “Careers of the Future” in a bid to inspire the budding leaders of tomorrow.

Established in 2015, building relationships through Intercultural Dialogue & Growing Engagement (BRIDGE) is an international programme that fosters and encourages partnerships between teachers, students and school communities. BRIDGE maximizes the use of (Information and Communication Technologies) ICT in classrooms and encourages students to collaborate on projects, practice language skills and develop life-long friendships with students at their partner school.

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Shiv Nadar School is one of the participating schools in the Australia-India BRIDGE School Partnership Project.

Addressing students and teachers,Bishop said that students should keep their eyes and ears open and should enquire about their career options. She said they should be curious about their careers and should look to be the leaders in their family, friends circle and at school. She advised them to be confident as they are the ones who will be the pioneers of future technologies. She said the students should be curious and have the ability to communicate.

Educational exchange programmes have come to acquire a lot of importance these days as the students get a chance to explore new campuses, meet people and make friends for life. They also increase their appetite for learning.

“This is the time for unprecedented change and we see technological advancements changing the way we live, the way we communicate and the way we work. We can see that the jobs of the future, the careers of the future are very different. Australia is the second-most popular destination in the world for international students and last year there were 70,000 enrolments from India for students to study in our universities and institutions. We have some of the best educational institutes in the world,” Bishop said.

Col. (Retd) Gopal Karunakaran, CEO, Shiv Nadar School, said, “BRIDGE is an important initiative that builds global competence through student engagement between Australia and Asia and we see both our students and teachers benefitting immensely from this programme. Initiatives such as these greatly encourage schools to build the spirit of internationalism and recognise diversity in a globalised world.”

The students performed a fusion of contemporary and traditional Indian dance in the minister’s honour.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 22:21 IST