- First educational from personal uni in Malaysia appointed to prestigious place
- Promote innovation in applied sciences together with AI to reinforce high quality of instructing
Professor Dr. Abtar Darshan Singh of the Asia Pacific College of Know-how & Innovation (APU) has been appointed to the celebrated place of the UNESCO Chair on Harnessing Improvements in Know-how to Help Lecturers & High quality Studying.
Abtar, who’s at present Professor of Progressive Digital Studying & Director of the Digital Studying Hub at APU, thus turns into the primary educational in a Malaysian personal college to be appointed to such a place for a four-year time period.
Because the UNESCO Chair, Abtar will drive analysis, coaching and knowledge-sharing initiatives on harnessing improvements in expertise to assist academics and high quality in instructing and studying in Malaysia in addition to growing economies in Asia, Africa and different elements of the world. This additionally contains equipping academics and professionals in training with state-of-the-art data and instruments to reinforce hybrid studying, which has develop into more and more vital within the post-pandemic studying context.
Parmjit Singh (pic), CEO of APU, mentioned, “We’re honoured and delighted with Prof Dr Abtar’s appointment to the UNESCO Chair. It’s a large recognition of the flexibility not solely of APU by a premier UN company but in addition of our tertiary establishments to advertise technological improvements that might strengthen the standard of our instructing occupation, be it within the public or personal sectors”.
Stressing that expertise, innovation, and creativity type the center of APU’s training philosophy, Parmjit believes that Abtar’s appointment because the UNESCO Chair will additional catalyse APU’s efforts to supply graduates who intuitively embrace technological improvements and assist make a distinction to the varied worldwide communities they symbolize.
“I’m humbled by the appointment and want to thank UNESCO for his or her belief and confidence in me and APU,” mentioned Abtar.
“Along with our associate organisations, we are going to work very arduous to advertise innovation in applied sciences together with AI to assist improve the standard of instructing and studying amongst academics, educators and curriculum builders in Malaysia and the area.”
A key goal of the UNESCO Chair is to foster collaboration amongst stakeholders in training and leverage technological improvements to advertise inclusive training for everybody together with ladies and youngsters. It’s an integral a part of UNESCO’s wider Medium-Time period Technique and Sustainable Improvement Objective (SDG) to leverage training programmes to scale back poverty.
The UNESCO Chair may even function a analysis and innovation hub to capitalize on disruptive applied sciences within the areas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) comparable to synthetic intelligence (AI), Web of Issues (IoT), and Huge Knowledge & Analytics to advertise inclusive and equitable training for individuals in growing economies.
Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme includes over 850 establishments in 117 international locations with the imaginative and prescient to advance an built-in system of analysis, coaching and actions in numerous fields by constructing college networks and inspiring inter-university cooperation via the switch of data and professional.
Abtar has greater than three many years of expertise within the training discipline. A former Fulbright scholar, she has been carefully concerned within the analysis, instructing and improvement of technological improvements in larger training in Malaysia and overseas. She was the winner of the coveted Worldwide Competitors on Progressive College Practices in ICT in Schooling, a contest organized by the UNESCO Institute for Info Applied sciences in Schooling (UNESCO IITE) in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2015.