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Shiv Nadar School hosts Australian minister Kate Jones

December 1, 2018

On November 26, Shiv Nadar School – a not-for-profit initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in K12 private education – hosted Kate Jones, minister for innovation and tourism industry development and minister for the Commonwealth Games and ministerial champion for international education and training, Queensland (Australia) at its Gurugram campus.

The visit to Shiv Nadar School was a part of the minister’s trade mission to India as a proponent of developing bilateral student and teacher exchange, and development programmes between educational institutions in the State of Queensland (Australia) and India.

During her visit, the minister also interacted with students from Kirwan State School, Townsville, Australia, who are currently in Gurugram as part of an exchange programme with Shiv Nadar School. Students from Shiv Nadar School visited the Kirwan State School in March this year.

Speaking on the occasion, Jones said, “I am extremely pleased to visit Shiv Nadar School in Gurugram and interact with all the students here. We are looking to further strengthen the already robust student and teacher exchange programs between India and the State of Queensland, Australia. Queensland has some of the best education institutions in the world. There are more than 120,000 students across Queensland, with India being the state’s second-largest source market for students.”

“We are delighted to host the honourable minister, Kate Jones, along with a high-power team from the Government of Queensland as part of the school’s India-Australia Bridge programme. School education is undergoing a paradigm shift, which has changed our role from teaching to supporting learning. Initiatives such as these prepare students to face the fast-evolving educational system around the world. With each such interaction with stakeholders in the global education system, we absorb new ideas and learn to incorporate positive changes in our own schools. Today is another effort in this direction,” said Monica Sagar, principal, Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram.

On the sidelines of her visit to Shiv Nadar School, Jones launched the Study Queensland Global Achievers Program (SQ GAP) for Indian students to promote international education and training. The campaign has been developed to showcase stories and experiences of high-achieving Indian undergrads who are currently studying in Queensland.

With three schools in the NCR, the Shiv Nadar School is a not-for-profit initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in K12 private education to deliver educational excellence and provide education for life. To learn more, visit

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