Dr. Meghna Ramaswamy is the Director of the International Office at the University of Saskatchewan, where she leads the internationalization portfolio for the university comprising of international research and partnerships. She has travelled and worked extensively with institutions, government, funding agencies and businesses around the world, including those in Europe, Africa, China, Russia, Philippines, Brazil and India. She loves interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and uses these deep learning experiences to build vision, and guide sound strategy development for international education, focusing on sustainable research and partnerships.
She is a strong advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role it plays in International Education. She serves as an Executive Committee member of the Commission of International Initiatives at the Association of Public Land Universities in the US and as a Steering Committee member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities Higher Education and Sustainable Development Goals Network in the UK. On a local level, she chairs the Saskatchewan Education Alliance working group on international research, development and the SDGs in partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Dr. Ramaswamy has authored multiple publications on the SDGs including those on zero hunger, interdisciplinary research, partnerships and transformative leadership and most recently published an article in the Journal of Studies in International Education on “Reimagining Internationalization in Higher Education Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for the Betterment of Society”.
Prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan in 2018, Dr. Ramaswamy led the Centre for AIDS Reagents at the National Institutes of Biological Standards and Control, a UK government agency that works in the field of biological standardization. Here, Dr. Ramaswamy orchestrated key international partnerships with the World Health Organization, the European Commission, the National Institute of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In an advisory capacity, Dr. Ramaswamy has served as an Expert Advisor to the World Health Organization and chaired many External Advisory Committees for European projects, funded by the European Commission. As a principal scientist, Dr. Ramaswamy attracted over $19 million in funding.
Dr Ramaswamy was also an adjunct lecturer in Kings College London, and taught undergraduate courses to medical students. Meghna earned her BSc degree in Microbiology from Kings College London, a MSc degree in Virology from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Clinical Infection from University College London.