Ong joins QS Global Advisory Committee for 2022-2023

University of Santo Tomas Deputy Director of the Office of QS/THE Rankings Engr. Nestor R. Ong, MSIE, PIE, ASEAN Eng was invited to join QS Quacquarelli Symonds as a member of QS Global Advisory Committee for 2022-2023.

Ong is the country’s sole member to the QS-APPLE International Academic Advisory Conference Committee (IAAC) which has been renamed as the QS Global Advisory Committee (GAC) in 2015. This is Ong’s eighth year of serving in the advisory committee together with other members from the Asia-Pacific.

The 13 committee members are: University of Limerick VP Global & Community Engagement Prof Nigel Healey (Ireland), Universitas Airlangga Planning and Development Board Head Dian Ekowati (Indonesia), Binus University Global Director Dr. Diah Wihardini (Indonesia), Taipei Medical University Office of Global Engagement Dean Prof. Pei-Shan Tsai (Taiwan), University of Santo Tomas Office of the QS/THE Ranking Deputy Director Engr. Nestor R. Ong (Philippines), Universitas Indonesia Vice Rector of Academic and Student Affairs Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Abdul Haris (Indonesia), Prince of Songkla University Assistant President for International Affairs Prof. Dr. Wongkot Phuphumirat (Thailand), International University of Malaya-Wales Vice-Chancellor/CEO Prof Dr. Kamila Ghazali (Malaysia) Chung-Ang University Prof. Jun Hyun Hong (Korea), University of East London Prof. Dr. Terri Kim (England), Singapore Management University Provost Prof. Tim Clark (Singapore), Lingnan University Vice President Prof. Joshua Mok (Hong Kong), University of Limerick Global & Community Engagement Vice President Prof. Nigel Healey (Ireland), and Universitas Airlangga Planning and Development Board Head Dian Ekowati (Indonesia).

The committee members attended the QS Higher Ed Summit: Asia Pacific 2022 (formerly known as QS APPLE Conference and Exhibition) GAC Kick Off Meeting held on August 19, 2021. They finalized the theme “The Next Big Thing: Addressing new opportunities and existing challenges in APAC (Asia Pacific) higher education,” for the 2022 QS Higher Ed Summit. The said summit explores the next big thing for higher education in the region, the lessons learned from the pandemic, strategies for dealing with and pre-empting unknowns, addressing new and pre-existing challenges and shifting perceptions away from oversimplified generalizations, and the tracks for the QS Higher Ed Summit.
The six tracks will be on strategic planning, innovations to produce well-rounded student leaders, research, sustainable partnerships and their benefit to students, lifelong skills and employability of students, and equal opportunities for all and accessibility to education.
They met in September 2022 to work on some follow up and action pointers such as speaker suggestions and proposal submission approval.

QS is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics and insights to the global higher education sector, whose mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfill their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development.

The main purpose of the Global Advisory Committee is to act as the advisory body of QS Quacquarelli Symonds to support the international QS conferences and summits held each year. The responsibilities of the Committee include providing guidance on the overarching vision and strategy for QS Conferences, identifying conference themes and speakers, and supporting the development of content driven and engaging programs. The committee will meet not more than three times a year.

Being a member of QS Global Advisory Committee, according to Engr. Nestor Ong, provides one with the unique opportunity to: help foster academic excellence and innovation, promote inclusion, discussion, and drive for academic excellence, and expand one’s network and meet people with similar interests.
The QS Higher Ed Summit: Asia Pacific 2022 will be held from November 8 to 10, 2022 in Jakarta, Indonesia for the in-person summit and it will also have its Hybrid Component.


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