Vijay Eswaran has earned the the Special Award for Education Entrepreneurship and Leadership at the Malaysian Education Summit. The Summit was organized by the ASLI, Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute. Mr. Eswaran is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of the QI Group of Companies. The Group began in 1998 and is an e-commerce based conglomerate. Its’ businesses have diversified into telecommunications, luxury and collectibles, retail and direct sales, property development and many others.
Mr. Eswaran is well known for his success in the progress of the Quest International University Perak (QIUP) since its beginnings in 2011. Because of his diligent leadewrship, the QIUP is a fast-growing university in Malaysia that offers 20 programs that include post graduate and medicine. The QIUP is becoming a major educational hub in the country of Malaysia.
Mr. Eswaran spoke at the Summit on the importance of learning the English language in order to transform the Malaysian education sector. His topic was Transforming Malaysian Education in the 21st Century. He has stated that the proficiency of English in Malaysia has been reduced to a critical level. This fact has a negative impact on conducting commercial and economic business worldwide.
The poor will be the ones who suffer the most from the lack of English proficiency. Without this knowledge, they will be unable to acquire a good paying job. The ones who live in the rural areas will have the most disadvantages.
Mr. Eswaran has an impressive background by attending universities in the United States and United Kingdom. He has worked at companies that include IBM prior to the 1990s in the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. He returned to Asia in the early 1990s.
Besides being a leader in business and education, he is also a respected motivational speakers and gives lectures worldwide in subjects that range from business to spirituality.
Mr. Eswaran is also a dedicated philanthropist. He has started his own Vijayaratnam Foundation in Malaysia in honor of his father. The Foundation works with charitable organizations on many projects for youth development, women empowerment, special education and child mentoring. He has been named on the annual list of Heros of Philanthropy in 2011 of Forbes Asia.
Mr. Eswaran is also an author of the Sphere of Silence; a life management book read around the world in many languages. In addition to that best-selling book, he has written three others and contributes to newspapers in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.