Professor Dharmendra Sharma (AM) – Chairman
Professor Sharma is a former Chair of University Academic Board and currently Professor of Computer Science at the University of Canberra (2014-2019). He had been the Dean of the Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering from 2007-2012 and as Head of School of the School of Information Sciences and Engineering from 2004-2007. He has assumed various senior leadership roles in universities for over twenty years and had been made a University Distinguished Professor in 2012.
Prof Sharma’s research background is in the Artificial Intelligence areas of Planning, Data Analytics and Knowledge Discovery, Predictive Modeling, Constraint Processing, Fuzzy Reasoning, Brain-Computer Interaction, Hybrid Systems and their applications to health, education, security, digital forensics and sports. He has published over 310 research papers, and other research and applied articles. He has supervised to completion over 36 higher degrees research students and over 87 Hons and Master’s level projects. He has received several competitive research awards and grants, and recognition for his academic and research leadership initiatives. He has developed and led a strong industry and international university partnerships for courses, research and innovation.
Prof Sharma has regularly served on several industry, academic, and research bodies including company boards, government advisory and policy committees. He had completed his PhD in AI from ANU and postgraduate qualifications in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales and postgraduate and undergraduate qualifications in Mathematics and Science from USP. He has been an academic for over 40 years.
Prof Sharma was recognised as part of the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours with the award of Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to computer science and higher education.
Mr. Peter Burgess – Director
Peter Burgess is the Executive Director of EdBiz Pty. Ltd., an Australian education consultancy established in 1988 specialising in cross border transnational education (TNE); global transfer articulation pathways; higher education accreditation and registration applications; quality audits and the implementation of quality systems; strategic planning and risk management; and project management in higher education, vocational education, English language and the international school sectors.
Peter holds a MA (distinction) from Lancaster University, Diploma of Business from Caulfield Institute of Technology, Certificates in Paper Technology and Lithographic Printing from North Melbourne Institute of Graphic Arts and Printing, and a Certificate of Papermaking Technology through the Skjaerdalen Brug Internship Program, Trystrand, Norway. He also completed 3 years part-time of a Monash University PhD before having to withdraw because of a transfer to China as Director of Australia’s largest International Development Aid Project in the 1990’s.
Peter’s background includes the position as Chair of the Australian Universities Transnational Education Forum for two terms and he has published widely on TNE, pathways and internationalisation. Peter was an honorary auditor with the Australian University Quality Agency (AUQA) and is currently an “expert advisor to Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency.
In addition to having held senior academic and administrative positions within RMIT University, Deakin University, Macquarie University, University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, PRC), Fudan University (Shanghai, PRC) and Bradford University (UK), Peter has established and managed transnational education undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, China and Sri Lanka. He has also worked with Ausaid, World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and completed consultancies for EdBiz clients in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Taiwan, USA, Mexico. United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Botswana and New Zealand.
Peter Burgess is a member of a higher education private institution (PEI) Governance Board in Western Australia, and two PEI Academic Boards in addition to his role with the Universal Learning Group Board of Directors.
Mr. Rizwan Ahmed – Executive Director
Rizwan Ahmed has over 20 years broad business management experience which includes 14 years in the private education sector.
His specialist skill areas pertain to all aspects of academic leadership, strategic planning, curriculum and assessment development, efficient administration practices, international marketing and regulatory authority compliance within Universal Institute of Technology, Universal English and Universal Higher Education. Prior to entering the education sector, Rizwan had a proven track record in small business ownership and development in the telecommunications sector across Australia.
Rizwan’s life goal has always been “to make a difference in the lives of others”. Being in the education sector has allowed him to serve the educational needs of his clients with the aim of helping them to enhance their career options and lead a better lifestyle.
He continues to pursue his passion by establishing and running educational institutions that are committed to excellence in learning and innovation not only in Australia but worldwide.
Rizwan is passionate and devoted to continual education and holds a Masters of Enterprise form University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma of Information Technology from Swinburne University and Bachelors of Science (Electronics) from Osmania University.