Towards a New Generation of Engaged Universities:
The Need to Act, Adapt and Transform

16th – 18thApril, 2024 | Kempinski Central Avenue (Formerly the Address Dubai Mall), Dubai, UAE

Ashwin Fernandes

Ashwin has been with the QS Quacquarelli Symonds group since 2012. In his current role as Regional Director, he works closely with universities in Middle East, North Africa and South Asia to better understand the local context and to support universities and higher educational institutions in their quest for excellence and capacity building.

Ashwin is an ambassador of the quality movement in these regions and has advocated the need for independent evaluation mechanisms. He actively promotes the use of QS University Rankings and QS Ratings for various purposes, be it students aspiring for higher education in reputed institutions across the globe, government agencies looking to have their universities compete globally or academics looking for partners focussed on research initiatives. He is also responsible to liaise with governmental and public agencies to better understand the changing market dynamics. In the course of his professional engagement, he has met with senior leaders from the region and is often invited to speak at several conferences and events on university rankings, ratings, education, higher education etc. He has been a panellist on various discussion forums and presented his recommendations on thought provoking topics related to higher education.

He is part of the founding leadership team of QS IGAUGE and was instrumental in establishing the framework for QS IGAUGE rating services. QS IGAUGE is India’s first nationwide higher education rating system for colleges and universities pan India.

He is currently pursuing his PhD on the topic of branding and academic reputation in university rankings. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing along with a Bachelor’s in Commerce in Financial Accounting, Auditing & Taxation.

Ashwin has visited universities in over 30 countries and has a deep understanding of the working of many internationally acclaimed universities. He has lived in four countries and travelled to numerous ones.

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