Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, the founder and chairman of BRAC, along with Mr. Takeshi Ito, Minister of Japan Embassy, and Mr. Atsushi Yamada, President of Kumon, Asia and Oceania, launched the first Kumon center in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, on October 03, 2017, with a grand opening ceremony. Kumon is part of Kumon Education Japan Co., Ltd., which is an organization that offers private tutoring through an individualized instruction in its Kumon centres and practices the Japanese educational method of teaching mathematics and reading.
The ceremony officially began with words from Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of BRAC Institute of Languages, followed by a speech by Mr. Nehal Bin Hasan, Project in Charge of BRAC-Kumon Team, Mr. Yamada and Mr. Ito respectively. This was followed by a speech by Sir Abed, who explored the reasons behind why BRAC and BRAC Institute of Language chose to enter into partnership with Kumon.
Sir Abed stated that he had been looking for an opportunity to introduce Kumon in Bangladesh ever since he learned about it. That opportunity finally came in 2013 when a meeting was arranged between the President of Kumon and Sir Abed. As a result, BRAC initiated its pre-pilot program in 2014 in different schools of different areas in Bangladesh. With the initial results showing promise, BRAC and BIL launched its pilot program in 2016.
Sir Abed also mentioned that the BRAC Kumon Project plans to open 20 more centres in Dhaka by 2021. The goal of this project is to bring a national-scale change through this highly accredited educational system so that children across the country are benefitted by this innovation in education.
The Department of Architecture at BRAC University partnered with the Embassy of Spain to organize a Spanish architecture lecture series this fall. A first time of its kind in Bangladesh, this series not only is an excellent way of bringing knowledge about international architectural and urban innovations and avant-garde thinking to Bangladesh, but also paves the path for greater cultural exchange between Bangladesh and Spain. This initiative contributes to the department’s pedagogical commitment to empower faculty and students with global thinking. By opening the lectures to a wider participation of design professionals and students, the lectures are expected to lay the foundation for a meaningful conversation between local and global design communities.
Architect Hector Fernandez Elorza, a Madrid-based internationally designer, presented the inaugural lecture of the series on October 17, 2017, at the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB). He shared his design philosophy through four of his built projects.
Professor Adnan Morshed, Chairperson of the Department, welcomed the audience by providing a background of the series and introducing Architect Hector Fernandez Elorza. Ms. Alejandra Lopez Garcia, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Spain, thanked the sponsors of the series. His Excellency Alvaro de Salas, Spanish Ambassador to Bangladesh, emphasised the significance of the series as a platform for sharing knowledge. Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University, also addressed the audience and highlighted the importance of future-readiness in the university’s core pedagogy. Academics, designers, professionals, students, and members of the civil society participated in the lively and interactive event. The beautiful premise of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) provided a wonderful setting for the inauguration of the Spanish Lecture Series.
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BRAC University Film club has organized a Halloween Themed Movie Show and Cosplay Competition on 31 October 2017.BUFC in concert LG mobile Bangladesh,metrocem and Hungrynaki organized the event.And guess what! It was the most amazing event of this Semester so far.
Though BUFC shows a lot of movies throughout the semester, but this time it was different. Since this was Halloween, the Spooky vibe might be maintained, that’s why they brought the fragrance with the conjuring 2 and The Annabelle to invoke our hidden worst fears. The auditorium was full with the film addicted people.
After the movie show, the Cosplay Competition had been taken place in the auditorium. Student of Brac University participated on that competition with lot of joy. They wear different kind of scary cloths.There were lot of prize for them who had participated in this competition.
There was loud music and crowd in the auditorium,the BRACU students show their enthusiasm with their affluent presence in the movie show and participating in the cosplay completion in a big number. They took selfies with the cosplayers, they passed the whole event through dancing and singing with the friends and I might say, it was a day with great enjoyment and pleasure
The Winner of Cosplay Competion got a Brand new 2017 LG K8 smartphone and 1000 BDT worth of promo codes from HungryNaki..Our Honorable alumni of BUFC Ibrahim Bin Mohiuddin handed over the first prize to Rawnak Lamiya, the winner of Cosplay competition, Moreover every participants of got 500 BDT each.
The feedback of the students was very positive regarding the event, they have wanted this kind of event in every semester in future, and BUFC has always come out with great events, they promise to organize this kind of prominent event each semester in near future.
Dr. Khonkar Islam, Associate Professor and Co-chair for the Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology at George Mason University, Virginia, USA, conducted a master class on 30th October at BRAC University upon invitation from BRAC Business School. The main topic of his discussion was Communications and Networking in the IT field. Dr. Islam briefly stated his career achievements where he founded and now directs the Virtual Academy (VirtAc) at George Mason University; conducts research in distributed and peer-to-peer systems, overlay and wireless networks, network security, and distance education for instructor training and student learning. He earned his Ph.D. and B.S. at George Mason University, and M.S. at American University. He served as faculty of North South University in late 90s and then moved to GMU where he gradually built the Department of Information Sciences from scratch with 100 students to maximum 1500 students over the last 17 years at George Mason University, Virginia, USA.
Dr. Islam gave insight on how Networking works as the backbone on our daily life to communicate, work, play and learn. He elaborated on and how networking can produce value in organizations when there is Fault tolerance, Scalability, Quality of service and especially Security given the recent hacks in the Central Bank and Yahoo accounts. He gave a live demonstration on LAN through packet tracer Software which generated much enthusiasm for the students. Mr. Kamal Hossain, Senior Lecturer of Ecommerce and CIM and Mr. Nafiul Haque, Lecturer of Ecommerce and CIM, BRAC Business School were the organizers for the event.
Shanawez Hossain, Research Fellow of BIGD
- attended a meeting with Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) on October 4, 2017 and had discussion on the collaboration among PKSF, BRAC-UDP and BIGD on research related to urban issues. Among others Dr. AKM Nuruzzaman, Deputy General Manager, PKSF and Ms Hasina Musrofa, Head, BRAC UDP attended the meeting.
- attended a meeting with Municipal Association of Bangladesh (MAB) on October 4, 2017 and have discussion on the collaboration among MAB, BRAC-UDP and BIGD on issues related to Urban Housing financing. Among others Mr. Abdul Baten, President, and Advocate Azmat Ullah Khan, Advise of MAB, and Ms Hasina Musrofa attended the meeting.
- attended a meeting with AGA Khan Foundation regarding MoU signing between BIGD and AGA KHAN Foundation. The meeting discussed about staring online training course related to public policy. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, ED, BIGD; Mr. Salimah Kassam, Chief Executive Officer, AGA Khan Foundation; Mr. Sujeet Sarker, Consultant AGA Khan Foundation also attended the meeting.
Maheen Sultan, Visiting Fellow, CGST, BIGD attended the International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH) 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health conference, held on 27-29th October 2017 in New Delhi. The conference focused on adolescent health, mental health and well-being; gendered approach to adolescent health; challenges and opportunities that exist globally in relation to promoting adolescent health and well-being; programs and initiatives targeting adolescent health: lessons learned, priorities, promotion of investment in the field; and showcasing innovative findings and strategies on the topics mentioned, from around the world. It showcased findings of researches from around the globe focusing on promotion of adolescent health and well-being, the challenges and opportunities in the regard, evidence on what works and what doesn’t, which exist globally including LMICs and SAARC region. Maheen Sultan had a poster presentation on “Insights into Adolescent Psychosocial Well-being in Selected Urban Communities in Bangladesh” based on the GAGE formative qualitative research carried out by JPGSPH and BIGD in partnership with ODI.
Lopita Huq, Research Fellow and Ms. Sahida Khondaker, Research Associate of BIGD attended the National Consultationon Anti-Sexual Policy organized by Action Aid Bangladesh (AAB) on 29 October 2017, where AAB shared the findings from their review of the anti-sexual harassment policy and relevant laws in 2016 in Bangladesh as a part of their Safe City for Women Campaign.
Simeen Mahmud, Head, Gender Cluster and Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) and Ms. Lopita Huq of BIGD attended the Baseline Survey Findings: Accelerating Action to End Child Marriage in Bangladesh organized by Population Council held on October 23, 2017 at the city.
Sahida Khondaker and Ms. Nuzhat Sharmeen, Research Associate of BIGD attended the Policy Dialogue on Gender Diagnostics and Policy of Social Protection Issues of National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) organized by Cabinet Division, Government of Bangladesh with technical support from the Social Security Policy Support (SSPS) Program, held on October 26, 2017 at the city.
The Certificates awarding ceremony of the first batch of the Academy of Work (AoW), a residential and academic programme of trade unionists, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, was held on October 28, 2017 in the capital. The AoW is a joint collaboration of Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES), a non-profit German foundation funded by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University and Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) which endeavors to uphold the causes of working people and trade unions of Bangladesh. In an attempt to create an all-inclusive, constructive representation of workers’ interests, a more effective social dialogue and a discussion about responsibilities along the global supply chain, the AoW concluded with this event after three months of residential training sessions.
The first cohort of AoW consisted of sixteen mid-level, active trade unionists from industries such as the ready made garments, construction, transport, as well as government service sectors like postal services and telecommunications.
The event was attended by former labour and employment Secretary Mr. Mikail Shipar as the chief guest, who handed over certificates to the successful fellows. The programme was also attended by Dr. Wajedul Islam Khan, Joint-coordinator of Sramik Karmochari Oikya Parishad (SKOP) and Mr. Amirul Haque Amin, former Chairman of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) and Mr. Mesbahuddin Ahmed, member of Advisory Council of BILS.
Mr. Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmmed, Executive Director of BILS was present at the event as a moderator while Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director of BIGD, BRAC University and Ms. Franziska Korn, Resident Representative of FES Bangladesh spoke on the occasion.
Dr. Rahman emphasized on upgrading the worker - employer - policymakers relationship and skills development of trade union leaders in the ceremony. Congratulating all 16 graduates for successfully completing the course he said ‘BIGD is proud to be a part of such an important and timely initiative’. He also emphasized that upgrading the worker-employer relationship will critically determine whether Bangladesh can continue to achieve the extraordinary success of the last few decades.
Through six thought provoking modules on subjects such as: (i) Labour policies, (ii) Globalization and trade, (iii) Supply chain and workers’ rights, (iv) Health and safety, (v) Project management and (vi) Leadership skills, this three-month training course not only intended to strengthen the capacity of the workers’ leaders but also to ensure that the outcome of the training benefits the workers and ultimately the nation.
Addressing in the event Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Research Fellow BIGD and one of the resource person of AoW said, the program will ultimately help almost 2 million workers who join Bangladesh’s labour force each year to be more aware of their rights, position in the global supply chain and roles and responsibilities of international brands. In this regard he emphasized the important role of the graduates of the 1st batch to disseminate their acquired knowledge among others.
Guest speakers from the field of academia, as well as from national and international organisations also attended and shared their valuable experiences and insights with the participants at the ceremony.
Next batch of this training is expected to commence from early 2018.
Overseas Chinese Association in Bangladesh (OCAIB) is the first legally registered non-profit service and public welfare organization in Bangladesh. The mission of OCAB is to establish platforms to unite oversea Chinese, to promote Chinese traditional culture, to propagate Chinese latest development policies and the cooperation status of China-Bangladesh, to protect the rights and interests of overseas Chinese in Bangladesh, to participate in public affairs in Bangladesh, to communicate between Overseas Chinese and Bangladesh government/civil society, to express opinions of Overseas Chinese in Bangladesh, to strengthen the communication with China and other countries/regions , and to promote economic cooperation.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) and Admission office, BRAC University participated in this event along with 7 other renowned leading universities on 28th October, 2017 in Overseas Chinese Association in Bangladesh (OCAIB) head office located in Gulshan, Dhaka. A total number of 30 china based companies attended this fair along with student candidates interested to explore post-graduation opportunities offered by the participating universities.
The day-long fair involved sharing admission information and Q&A session with various china based companies who are interested to recruit local graduates from Bangladeshi universities. Mr. Ivan Shafaat Bari, Director, OCSAR, Mr Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, Senior Officer, OCSAR, Mr. Mohammad Shamim Azad, Assistant Registrar, Admission, and Ms. Tamanna Chowdhury, Senior Admission & Registration Officer represented BRAC University in this event.
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without” quoted by Buddha. In this fast pace of life, we are always in a hurry, and we often forget, how to be happy with own self. We look around, communicate with others and depend on others for our happiness. Hence, we become strangers to ourselves. Therefore, from the Counseling Unit of BRAC University, two members; Monzia Mushtaq and Kazi Rumana Haque, Psychosocial Counselors and Lectures conducted a Two Days Yoga and Meditation Retreat for the faculty members and staff of BRAC University based on their experience at Nepal Yoga Home. The Retreat took place on Savar’s Residential Campuds from October 27-28, 2017. The main objective of the Retreat was to introduce the art of living a peaceful life-that is Meditation. Other objectives were to help the participants connect with the inner self, manage stress, anxiety and/or depression better, enhance concentration and awareness, expand psychological tolerance of uncomfortable feelings, and improve w ellbeing.
Total thirteen participants from different departments participated in this retreat.
During the Retreat, the participants got a unique opportunity to learn different types of Yoga Asana, Micro- Level Yogic Practice, Yogic Relaxation, Aerobics, Practice of Soul Meditation, Mantra Chanting, Pranayama for Different Glandular System and Silence Retreat.
Through the Yoga and Meditation Retreat, they also learned to guide the life with authentic peace, lightness, fitness, well being, nutritious foods, healthy thoughts and self healing power. During these courses, they learned different lessons of Yoga- Meditation that are important to maintain a regular practice. This Yoga- Meditation Retreat helped to clear mind and rejuvenate self.
Many participants shared that first time they got the opportunity to be in tuned with their inner selves and learned the art and significance of regular and controlled breathing.
Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, Associate Professor of BRAC Business School (BBS) and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM) – Scopus Indexed, joined the 3rd International Conference of Asian Supply Chain Academy (ASCA 2017) on October 26-27, 2017 at department of International Logistics of Chung-Ang University (CAU), Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Habib delivered his talk on “Service Industry Supply Chain Management: A Novel Approach” in that conference as the Invited speaker. He illustrated the significance and implications of chronological prospective of SCM in different areas of manufacturing and service industries which organization can embrace as a proven managerial approach to achieve sustainable profits, growth and deliver value added services to its customer/stakeholders. In his speech he also emphasized on the Educational Supply Chain Management, as the application of SCM in the service industry, which has the potential to unlock other applications of SCM in different arenas. In brief he discussed about Supply Chain Management (SCM), as a new branch of Management, upon service industries through basic models as well as demonstrated ITESCM (Integrated Tertiary Educational Supply Chain Management) Model which was developed by Dr. Habib in 2009.
In addition, Dr. Habib inaugurated the conference with other notable guests. Lots of participants from various countries, particularly Australia, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, UK, India, and Vietnam etc. presented their papers.
It’s noted that Dr. Habib was invited by Dr. Pairach Piboonrungroj (Chiang Mai University, Thailand), Conference Chair of ASCA 2017. During the conference, Dr. Habib discussed with distinguished renowned professors, including Prof. Dr. Su-Han Woo (CAU, South Korea), Prof. Taihcherng Lirn (National Taiwan Ocean University), Prof. Dong-Wook Kwak (Coventry University, UK), Dr. Vinh V. Thai (RMIT University, Australia), Prof. Choong-Bae Lee (CAU, South Korea), Prof. Sutee Wangtueai (Chiang Mai University, Thailand) and so on about 2nd International Conference on Business and Management (ICBM 2018) of BRAC Business School (BBS) which will be held on 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Maisha Mosharrat Chowdhury, MS student in biotechnology program presented her thesis on 26 Oct 2017. Title of her research was Effect of Passive Immunization with Mouse Anti-BCG 64 kDa Protein on Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma Cells. The work was jointly supervised by Prof. C. R. Ahsan, Professor, Microbiology Department, University of Dhaka and Prof. Naiyyum Choudhury, Chairman, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority. The work was carried out both at Microbiology department and MNS lab at BRAC University. The viva examination board was chaired by Prof. Prof. A F M Yusuf Haider, chairperson MNS Dept and attended by Prof. Mahboob Hossain, microbiology program, MNS dept. as external and Professor Aparna Islam, Coordinator, MS in Biotechnology Program. The board expressed satisfaction on the work accomplished in this research project.
The viva-voce examinations for the presentation was chaired by Professor Dr. A. F. M. Yusuf Haider and attended by Professor Mahboob Hossain, Mr. Mahbubul Hasan Siddique, Ms. Fahareen Bita Mosharraf, Ms. Namista Islam and Ms. Nazneen Jahan.
Thesis Presentations of UG Biotechnology students
Four students, A.B.M. Rezwanul Kabir, Fuad Mustafa, D.M Ashiquzzaman and Marium Momin performed their thesis presentation required under BTE 450 (Research Project, Thesis) course on Thursday, 26 October 2017 in Room UB 21511 of the MNS Department. The title of their thesis were “A study on the prospect of E. coli isolated from raw beef samples as a potential reservoir of antibiotic resistance”, “Study on the antibacterial activity of liquid hand-wash containing triclosan against pathogenic bacteria isolated from clinical samples”, “Antimicrobial activities of Terminalia chebula, Terminalia arjuna and Swertiachirayita against multidrug resistant Pseudmonas aeruginosa and comparison of their activities with locally available antibiotic” and “Screening of Lactic Acid Bacteria with Antimicrobial Property Isolated from Fermented Foods” respectively. A.B.M. Rezwanul Kabir was jointly supervised by Ms. Shamira Tabrejee and Ms. Zubaida Marufee Islam (on leave), Fuad Mustafa was jointly supervised by Ms. Nazneen Jahan and Ms. Trosporsha Tasnim Khan, D.M Ashiquzzaman and Marium Momin were both supervised by Dr. Mahboob Hossain.
The viva-voce examinations for the presentations was chaired by Professor Dr. A. F. M. Yusuf Haider and attended by Dr. Mahboob Hossain, Ms. Romana Siddique, Ms. Shamira Tabrejee, and Ms. Nazneen Jahan.
Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences organized a seminar talk on “Modelling of world’s first complete plant defense protein PRR Xa21 using bioinformatics technique”. M H M Mubassir, lecturer of MNS department, BRACU was the keynote speaker of that talk. Professor Ansar Ahmed, Ph.D., honorable Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dr. Mohamed Foysol Chowdhury, director, research and development, BRACU were present as guest in the seminar. Professor Dr. A F M Yusuf Haider, chairperson of MNS department chaired the seminar.
The seminar was held on 26th October 2017 at UB21511 of MNS department at 2:00 PM with the introductory speech by Professor Dr. Ansar Ahmed. After one hour seminar talk Mr. Mubassir answered different questions asked by the audience. Faculties, staffs and students from different departments were present in the seminar. Professor Dr. A F M Yusuf Haider said that from now on, departmental seminars will be held on every fourth Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm. Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D., honorable Vice Chancellor appreciated this decision of regular seminar talk.
One UG student from Biotechnology program, Marium Momin presented her thesis under the course of BTE 400 (Industrial Attachment) on Thursday, 26 October 2017 in Room UB 21511 of the MNS Department.
The viva-voce examination for the presentation was chaired by Professor Dr. A. F. M. Yusuf Haider and attended by Professor Aparna Islam and Ms. Romana Siddique.
On October 26, 2017, a workshop was organized by the Professional Development Team (PDT) for the faculty members of BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL). The workshop was conducted by Mr. Md. Abdullah-Al Mamun, the title of which was “Utilizing the First Ten Minutes of Class Effectively”. The theme of the workshop was on class management and focused on an in-depth discussion on common challenges of classroom management and different useful techniques to overcome those challenges.
The workshop provided a platform to the faculty members to share different innovative ways to utilize the class time effectively to make the class a successful one. Overall, it was an interactive workshop where faculty members shared their thoughts and experiences.
Professor Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, C3ER, BRAC University attended a seminar as a Guest of Honor on “Application Tools and Techniques in Water Resources Management-CEGIS Experience”, organized by Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) held on 26 October 2017 at International Convention City Basundhara (ICCB). CEGIS is a centre of excellence situated in Dhaka, the Capital City of Bangladesh which is located in South Asia. The working domain of CEGIS span over Resource Management Planning (Natural and Intellectual), System Development, Capacity Building and Research activities.
Dr. Zafar Ahmed Khan, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh graced the seminar as the Chief Guest and Engr. Md. Mahfuzur Rahman, Director general, Bangladesh Water Development Board was presented as a Special Guest in the occasion.
Dr. Samar Verma, Senior Programme Specialist of International Development Research Centre (IDRC) visited BIGD, BRAC University on 25 October, 2017. Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman welcomed him at BIGD and discussed vision, mission, objectives, targeted outputs and utilization of funds in Phase II. He also expressed sincere appreciation to IDRC for the grant provided to BIGD over last three years (under the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) phase II) which has enabled so many of the accomplishments including two annual flagship publications of BIGD to be sustained by the IDRC grant. BIGD is receiving core funding from TTI as one of the two think tanks in Bangladesh.
Later, Dr. Verma participated in a number of meetings with Research team, Communications team and Finance, Administration, IT & HR team. Different teams made separate presentations on the responsibilities, activities, the ways of works, achievements, and the targets/plans of each team to be achieved in 2018 and further on.
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