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Kate Jones, Minister from Queensland, Australia, visits Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram

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Kate Jones, Minister from Queensland, Australia, visits Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram

Shiv Nadar School, (a not-for-profit initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in K12 private education), today 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 programs 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 program with Shiv Nadar School. Students from Shiv Nadar School visited the Kirwan State School in March this year.

Minister Kate 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.”

Monica Sagar, Principal, Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram said, “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.”

On the sidelines of her visit to Shiv Nadar School, Minister Kate 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.

About Shiv Nadar School

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. With three schools in the NCR, The Shiv Nadar School provides students an environment that challenges them into discovering their talent and skills, with an aim to nurture ethical, respectful, happy and purposeful citizens of society. Over 3500 students and their parents, along with a team of 550 educators, are a part of the Shiv Nadar School family. 

About Shiv Nadar Foundation

The Shiv Nadar Foundation (www.ShivNadarFoundation.org) has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a $8.1 billion leading technology and healthcare enterprise. The Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the process of national development and social transformation by establishing institutions and undertaking new initiatives in the fields of education and culture.  The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide through philanthropy based transformational education.

The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions (www.SSN.edu.in) in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Foundation has also set up VidyaGyan, a residential leadership academy for meritorious rural children, at Bulandshar and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the Foundation runs the Shiv Nadar University (www.snu.edu.in), an international multidisciplinary university with strong research orientation located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region and the Shiv Nadar School (www.shivnadarschool.edu.in), a network of progressive urban schools across India aimed to provide children with education that creates lifelong learners. The Foundation has also set up the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (www.knma.in), India’s largest private philanthropic museum in modern and contemporary art with the vision to take art to the common public.     

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