Dr. Vijay Eswaran is not just an excellent academician but also a man with a great passion for education. The QI Group’s executive chair has been actively involved in higher education over the last decade. He spearheaded the establishment of Quest International University Perak (QIUP) in 2008, and he has been serving as the chairman of the university council since then.
In 2014, Vijay led QI Group and QIUP to launch a groundbreaking university’s campus premise in Gua Tempurung. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: http://www.qigroup.com/about/leadership/leadership-2/
The campus came at a time when the population at QIUP had increased ten folds from 98 students in 2008 to 1000 students in 2014. If everything goes as planned, the campus will sit on 180 ha piece of land, and its doors will open in 2018.
Targeting Foreign Students
Commenting about the campus and the future developments expected at QIUP, Vijay Eswaran revealed that the institution was in the process of opening branches in Sarawak and Sabah. Besides that, he noted that the university was working towards increasing its enrolment of international students.
For that reason, plans were underway for QIUP to establish an Asean Economic Community, a move that will make the university more appealing to international students.
As an alumnus of the prestigious Southern Illinois University, Vijay is a firm believer of quality and holistic education approach as opposed to the grade-oriented school system. He pointed out that his vision was to have QIUP’s academic legacy as good as that of his alma mater.
About the facility in the campus, Vijay said that solar panels would be used as an improvisation to electricity since the campus will be off the grid.
He said that besides offering undergraduate and post graduate courses, QIUP would train its students in traditional Chinese medicine from the east as well as the nutrition green technology from the west. Read more: In the Sphere of Silence (English and Dutch Edition)
As a way of producing quality graduates, Vijay said that the university would heavily invest in student research.
After graduation, students will be offered chances to sharpen their skills at QI Group in both its local and overseas offices where some of them will be retained for permanent employment.