Universal Learning Group (ULG) was established as an education and learning group for the specific purposes of ensuring integrity and quality assurance oversight for the provision and delivery of its Institutes’ vocational education and training programs, professional year program, English language training and Higher education programs.
ULG aims to deliver quality assured education to cater for domestic and international students. Through our unique teaching and learning experience, our students can expect to have a focused, creative and connected environment. ULG commits itself to creating a supportive work and study environment and an ethos of free intellectual inquiry among students and staff.
The head office is located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, ULG provides student access to a modern, fully integrated campus over a seven-day week. Teaching is undertaken during the day, evenings and on the weekends to provide the greatest flexibility for students’ learning. ULG, through its subsidiary colleges, provides an extensive array of student service support during the day, evening and weekends as well as at other locations in Australia.
‘Our vision is to be recognised as a quality provider of education, learning and training services in and from Australia.’
To fulfil our vision:
We adopt stringent academic standards and operate under a robust corporate and academic governance framework.
We have competent people with the right expertise and creativity to achieve our goals.
We specialise in fields with strong opportunities for graduates prepared for globally mobile careers.
We provide shared as well as personal learning experiences that support the individual development of students and challenge them to acquire the skills and knowledge to confidently shape their future.
We want our students to contribute meaningfully to the global community.
‘Our mission is to deliver a unique teaching and learning experience that is internationally focused, creative and connected.’
To achieve our mission:
We offer innovative learning and education support on campus in Australia.
We provide the best possible teaching and learning experience for our students that is internationally focused, creative and connected.
We offer a distinctive set of programs that have strong industry links and we pride ourselves on producing graduates with entrepreneurial flair who have high employability and are specially equipped for international careers and work places of the future.
We place students at the front and centre of everything we do. They are encouraged and supported to learn, to succeed, to qualify, to connect and to enjoy their time whilst at ULG in Australia.
Our values are:
Innovation and excellent teaching and learning
Student-centred focus on quality and outcomes
Collaboration and community
Respect and inclusion
Safety and wellbeing
Our charter of values has been defined by the ULG Governance as being integral to the group and are regarded as central to the success of the group and to its reputation in the education and training sector. These values are core to the culture of the organisation. For staff, these values underpin a code of conduct and for students, these represent a framework for expectations and obligations of behaviour. The values which underpin the continued success of the Institute and its reputation for excellence across the education sectors are its innovative and supportive approach to its teaching and learning.
As an organization, our core values provide academic freedom and integrity to our students to focus on delivering quality outcomes. We value and respect our collaboration with our partners and encourage developing improved partner engagement and productive industry networking. The safety and well-being of our staff members and students is also a priority at our institute.
The best way to find out exactly what ULG is like is to come and see for yourself.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Professor Dharmendra Sharma (AM)
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 Modelling, 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.
Davina McArthur is a management consultant with specialist experience in higher education. Currently, she works as a Principal in Sydney for Nous Group, an international management consulting firm. Through almost a decade working for Nous, and in previous consulting roles, Davina has developed knowledge and expertise in the areas of strategy, transformation, program design, delivery and evaluation and social and public policy.
Her career has been built around her deep interest in social impact and change. Each role she has held has involved understanding and enabling social change through improved organisational performance. This has been particularly in education around supporting access and equity.
Prior to joining Nous, Davina work as a social and public policy consultant for AECOM and as the acting program coordinator for the Indigenous Governance Awards with Reconciliation Australia. Davina has a Masters of Law (Government and Commercial Law) and a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Commerce (Political Science and International Business), both from the Australian National University. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been an advisory board member at the Centre for Media Transition (UTS) since it was established in 2017.
Mr. Rizwan Ahmed
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 from University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma of Information Technology from Swinburne University and Bachelors of Science (Electronics) from Osmania University.