The University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya is founded upon certain values, goals and priorities which is inherently manifest in its institutional strategy, mechanisms, involvements and outreaches. These values constitute the priority matrix which ultimately propels the trajectory of the university towards certain desired outcomes and objectives- excellence as per global benchmarks.
The World Economic Forum opines that automation and radical disruptions in the economic system will be inflection phenomena in the contemporary world. To be successfully able to respond to these challenges, education can no longer be traditional but rather has to be “cross-disciplinary, personalized and focused on human skills” to realize what it calls “future fit education”.
Similarly, one of the core pillars of the hallowed Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations is SDG4: Quality Education. The UNO envisages a world order where young men and women alike will have access to quality technical, vocational and tertiary education by 2030.
These global priorities are of immense importance for a developing behemoth like India, especially for a region like North East India which, despite being relatively nascent, stands as a gateway to the Asian economies- which are supposed to emerge as the economic hotspots of the 21st century.
The University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya envisages itself as a stakeholder in this global transformation in education sector and seeks to emerge as a leader in the education revolution through high impact, cutting edge programmes that prepare its alumni with what the World Economic Forum has called “future fit education”.
Similarly, USTM has demonstrated, quantitatively and qualitatively, through tenets and tangible outcomes its mission to quality, affordable and accessible education with global benchmarks.
2030 stands as a inflection point in the 21st century as can be seen from the UN SDGs. Similarly, USTM has outlined in precise parameters its transformation towards excellence by 2030 through the USTM Vision 2030: A Vision Document which outlays the plans, priorities and mission of the University to claim its avowed objective of emerging as a globally recognized, impactful centre of educational excellence.
This also implies that USTM is committed to attracting top notch researchers and educationists, especially with international background, from leading institutions to join in this mission in the coming time. At the same time, we are committed to developing and up scaling our local, indigenous talent from academia and industry. The synergy between foreign and local pool of talent with enable us to achieve a synergistic growth of the institution, development of academic rigour and intellectual capital along global standards and thus be able to fully realise the vision of world class education and research.
To realise such objectives, USTM’s strategic plan and institutional delivery mechanisms lay emphasis on certain areas such as
However, it must be remembered that these priorities are not bipolar processes involving only student and teacher in a traditional teaching-learning medium. Rather, USTM believes in inducing and fostering collective intelligence and ideation through multipolar involvement of various stakeholders from academia and industry, institutions and idea-leaders, visionaries and entrepreneurs.
Thus, the matrices and determinants of our priority are achieved with the highest spirit of excellence, innovation, ideation and a thrust on world class education.
Similarly, a well defined objective matrix reflects the tangible realization of the underlying policies. USTM endeavours to execute and achieve its cherished priorities through tangible, quantifiable and qualitatively verifiable outcomes such as:
It must be borne in mind that the journey of USTM also exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and journey which has blossomed into a leading educational hub of Northeast India. Started with only 6 students less than a decade ago, USTM today stands proud and thiving with a vibrant, energetic intellectual, student and academic community pursuing a common goal. This entrepreneurial spirit and vision stands as one of the founding ethos of USTM’s core philosophy, which it seeks to impart and imbibe among the students.
Promotion of the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation is sought to be inculcated among the students so that their education and orientation at USTM may transform them as job-creators rather than job-seekers by the time they complete their formal education and step out as a member of society and the world. This thrust on entrepreneurial spirit, USTM firmly believes, will play a catalytic role in the transformation of the society and nation. Thus, it is of utmost importance to develop the right competencies, skills and capacities among the students to equip them to pursue this visionary track. The thrust on skill development and entrepreneurship shall also act as a cornerstone to produce visionary leaders, technocrats and changemakers who will go on to play a leading role in the society, community and world of the future.
In a nutshell, USTM’s commitment to its priorities is underpinned by global trends informed with local necessities and conditioning. These priorities are articulated through the vision and misson of the institution which find articulation in the institutional strategy and mechanisms. Together, they seek to realise the vision of excellence as a catalyst to achieve the mission of emerging as a global epicenter of education with world class standards.