Meghalaya: USTM professor highlights global relevance of Indian education in Bangkok
USTM VC and AIU President Prof. GD Sharma (L) presenting the USTM Newsletter to a delegate at the GUAF Meet in Bangkok.

Ri-Bhoi: The Vice Chancellor of University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM), Professor GD Sharma, on Wednesday took a leading role at the Global University Associations Forum (GUAF) and ASEAN University Network (AUN) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

Delegates from 10 Asian nations and global university associations attended the prestigious event.

USTM VC and AIU President Prof GD Sharma with other delegates at GUAF Meet in Bangkok from 6-7 September, 2023

As India’s representative via USTM and the President of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Prof Sharma delivered a keynote address on the theme “Digitalisation in Internationalisation of Higher Education for Innovation, Hybrid Learning with Technology, and Industry Relevance.”

In his speech to academic leaders and dignitaries, Prof. Sharma emphasised the crucial role of digitalisation and technology in improving higher education quality in India and the potential of NEP 2020 in offering versatile, skill-focused education to the youth.

Prof. Sharma highlighted USTM’s advanced infrastructure and international collaboration via a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Canadian institution.

USTM VC and AIU President Prof GD Sharma addressing GUAF Meet in Bangkok

He also engaged in productive discussions with academic leaders to promote global higher education partnership and mentioned an upcoming AUN-QA conference on accreditation using NAAC grading as a benchmark.

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Distinguished figures at the event included leaders from organisations such as the Asian University Network, European Universities Association, Universities Canada, the China Association of Higher Education, the Association of Arab Universities, and more.

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