More than 1,000 teachers across India recently logged on for 4 masterclasses on digital teaching, delivered by the University of Queensland with support from TIQ India and Study Queensland.

The Scoonews Educator Empowerment Program was a great hit, with more than 600 teachers from over 100 schools logging in each day, and sessions livestreamed on YouTube due to popular demand.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for India Gitesh Agarwal said the complimentary sessions were a welcome resource for Indian teachers facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Much of India is in lockdown, and teachers are facing the same kinds of challenges that their peers did in Queensland,’ he said.

‘They are hungry for quality online education and training and the masterclasses delivered by the University of Queensland were very warmly received.

‘The sessions were so popular that, as well as running on the Scoonews education platform, they were livestreamed on YouTube from the second day to make them as accessible as possible.

‘Digital delivery is very new here, so the masterclasses were a real gift for both the teachers and, ultimately, their students.’

Mr Agarwal said the sessions also helped to promote Queensland as a centre for world-class education and teaching.

‘The sessions raised Queensland’s profile with teachers in more than 100 primary and high schools across India and helped to create a positive rapport between them and Queensland universities,’ he said.

‘The next time those Indian educators hear someone mention Queensland universities, or are speaking to their students about overseas study, they’ll have a very positive memory of what we did.

‘It’s a win-win situation, where we can support Indian teachers and also spread the word about Queensland’s quality approach to education. Generosity always gives twice.’

Study Queensland and TIQ India supported the masterclasses by working with the University of Queensland and Scoonews to ensure the class content was developed and delivered successfully.

Study Queensland is continuing to work with other Queensland universities to provide training to Indian educators in order to share Queensland’s educational expertise and encourage Indian students to study in Queensland in the future.

Indian teachers who completed the first series of masterclasses will receive a certificate of recognition from the University of Queensland.

International education is identified as a priority services export in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you have an online education product that you would like to export to international markets, connect with TIQ today.