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Tag: Professional Development Centre
Publish Date: October 26th, 2017

A Training on Pedagogy was held on 25 and 26 October 2017, at BRAC University jointly organized by Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and Professional Development Centre (PDC) of BRAC University. Experts in the field of teaching strategy, assessment and research along with approximately seventy BRACU faculty participated in the two-day program. Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of BRAC University presented an inspiring talk on the need to make active learning as a mainstay in teaching practice at BRAC University. Pointing at his research findings, he drew a positive link between teacher  engagement in classroom and active learning. He asked the teachers to be more empathetic to the students. He also expressed his hope that BRAC University will continue its rise as a world class university as it was evident in making its place among the top 400 universities in QS ranking of Asian universities. Dr. Manzoor Ahmed, Professor Emeritus, BRAC University spoke on the importance of building a student centered Teaching philosophy  in a teacher’s portfolio. He argued that the teacher portfolio is an integral part of teaching  practice, a reflective exercise of teacher's own professional development. Dr. Ahsan, Director, PDC gave the welcome speech as well as presented on ways to reach to digital natives. He also conducted an activity on effective course design. On the second day of the training, Dr. Ansar Ahmed, Pro-Vice Chancellor, BRAC University spoke emphatically on engaging students in the classroom by making learning an  interesting. He asked faculty to be creative in the way they can reach students meaningfully. Dr. Mohamed Foysol Chowdhury, Director, R&D, presented a passionate case why BRAC University should focus on faculty research to influence the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers. Dr. Siddiqur  Rahman, Professor and Former Director, IER, Dhaka University took an informative session on effective assessment strategies, by explaining why we must measure learning goals. Finally Professor Nazmul  Haq, IER took the concluding session on experiential learning and how to write research proposals. Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of BRAC Institute of Languages and Prof. Md. Tafazzal Hussain, Ph.D., Director of IQAC also attended the program which was superbly facilitated by PDC team members, Shaheen Akter, Shireen Akhter, Muhammad Foysal  Mubarak and Hamim Al Ahsan.  

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: October 26th, 2017

Publication

An article titled “Bangladesher Orthoniti Kototuku Egulo” was published in the daily newspaper Nayadigonto on 26 October, 2017. The article reviewed the GDP growth performance of Bangladesh over time as well as in comparison with other neighboring Asian countries. It highlighted the challenges to further acceleration arising from constraints to investment, and low level of skill of the work force. It suggested policy actions needed to address these constraints.

Other Activities 2017

02 October: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the only discussant in a TV program broadcast by Channel 24. The subject matter of the discussion was the economic implications of the completion of the Padma Bridge with a particular focus on economic growth and poverty alleviation.

03 October: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participated in a TV program broadcast by News 24. The other participant was Mr. Helal Uddin, Commissioner, Bangladesh Securities Exchange Commission. The discussions dealt with the present state of capital market in Bangladesh, role of investor education, directions of regulatory reforms and oversight of financial statements of the listed companies to invigorate the capital market.

05 October: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was only discussant in talk-show broadcast by Jamuna TV. The subject matter of discussions was the $4.5 billion credit agreement with India—its justification from the point of view of augmenting foreign exchange supply, terms and conditions of the agreement and their implications for the macro economy of Bangladesh.

16 October: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam chaired a round table discussion on “Regulatory Unpredictability in Bangladesh” where Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Senior Secretary, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division was the Chief Guest. Key-note paper was presented by Dr. Ahsan H. Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute. The designated discussants were Mr. M. Masrur Reaz, Senior Economist & Program Manager, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank Group, Syed Akhter Mahmood, Lead Private Sector Specialist, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank Group, Mr. Suhel Ahmed Chowdhury, Former Commerce Secretary and Mr. Asif Ibrahim, Former President, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The other participants included Dr. Zaidi Sattar, Chairman, Policy Research Institute and Senior Economists from CPD& BIDS as well as some eminent business representatives. The discussion dealt with the sources of regulatory unpredictability and policy action needed to redress it in the interest of creating congenial environment for private sector investment.

23 October: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participated in a TV program broadcast by News 24. The other participant was Mr. Md. Nasir, Vice-President Meghna Insurance. The discussions dealt with the present state of development of the insurance industry with particular focus on its contribution to GDP, population coverage and product diversity. The challenges facing the industry and policy actions needed to invigorate the industry were also discussed.

25 October: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Professor Dhaka University, Department of Accounting and Business Management appeared in a TV Talk-show broadcast by NTV. The focus of discussions was the implications of recent macroeconomic developments on the capital market of Bangladesh.

25 October: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was only discussant in talk-show broadcast by Ekushey TV. Among the issues discussed were the recent performance indicators of macro economy in Bangladesh in terms of exports, remittances, classified loan in the banking system, flow of credit to the private sector, inflation etc. and their implications for near term growth. 

29 October: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam delivered a lecture at Bangladesh Institute of Governance and Management (BIGM) of Dhaka University. The topic of the lecture was “Macroeconomic Management in Bangladesh”. The lecture dealt with the achievement of Bangladesh over time as well as in comparison with other countries in terms of growth of GDP, inflation control and poverty alleviation.

31October: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the Chief guest at a seminar on “Contribution of Higher Education in National Development” organized by National Debate Federation (NDF). Dr. Niamat Elahee presently Chairman of International Business Department of Quinnipiac University, USA was the Special guest. The discussions dealt with diverse channels through which higher education can contribute to economic development, challenges to the full realization of the potential benefits of higher education and policy actions needed to deal with them.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Publish Date: October 26th, 2017

Dr. Mirza M. Hassan, Adjunct Fellow; Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Research Fellow; Ms. Syeda Salina Aziz, Senior Research Associate and Ms. Kaneta Zillur, Research Associate of BIGD attended the launching ceremony of Digitising Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP), under which BIGD will also be involved as a social accountability consultant. The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) under the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Ministry of Planning launched the new project at a city hotel on October 25, 2017. The primary objective of the project is to improve the overall management of public procurement in the country. With support from World Bank, the CPTU will implement the project over a period of five years from July 2017 to June 2022.

Finance Minister Mr. AMA Muhith was present at the launching as Chief Guest, while it was chaired by Planning Minister Mr. AHM Mustafa Kamal. World Bank Country Director Mr. Qimiao Fan, and Director, Governance Global practice, Mr. Vinay Sharma, spoke as Special Guests.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Publish Date: October 25th, 2017

BIGD’s ED Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman had several meetings in October 2017 with a number of distinguished personalities such as prominent academics, policy makers and researchers regarding the research collaborations and other relevant issues of BIGD.

Dr. Rahman had meetings with Dr. Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Commissioner, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC); Dr. Shah Md. Ahsan Habib, Director (training) Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management; Dr. Syed Mushfeque Rahman, Additional Commissioner (Customs) and Deputy Project Director, VAT Online Project, National Board of Revenue (NBR); Mr. Mohammad Anisur Rahman, Joint Director, Foreign Exchange Operation Department, Bangladesh Bank; and Mr. Golam Sarwar, Assistant Programmer, NBR regarding a project on Money laundering. He also met with Mr. Radwan Mujib Siddiq Bobby, National Governance Assessement Framework - Expert at UNDP; Professor Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University; Dr. Zeaul Alam, Secretary, Cabinet Division regarding a project collaboration; Mr. Robert Gallagher, Visiting Fellow, regarding research programme on urban, Climate Change and Environment; Dr. Malay Kanti Mridha, Associate Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health regarding research programmes on Nutrition Governance. Dr. Rahman had also attended a Skype meeting on Developing Public Policy course with Dr. Samar Verma, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC); Professor Ramkumar Mishra, Director, and Dr. P Geeta, Associate Professor, of Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE); and Mr. Mohan Das Monandhar, Chief Advisor of Nepal Administrative Staff College.

He also attended a meeting with Mr. Vinay Sharma, Director, Governance Global Practice, the World Bank (WB) and Dr. Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist and Task Team leader, PPRP-II, WB office regarding BIGD's Role in Dimapp project.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Languages
Publish Date: October 25th, 2017

On October 24, 2017, BRAC University Communication and Language Club (BUCLC) has begun its much awaited workshop series on professional skill development for students. The first workshop of the series was on “Corporate Etiquette”. Mr. Abdullah Al Maruf, Assistant General Manager, Human Resources and Organizational Development, Aamra Holdings Limited, conducted the workshop.

The event was held in the auditorium of BRAC University, Mohakhali campus. It was a momentous event for the students, especially for those wanting to enter the corporate world. All the students present had the opportunity to learn and develop professional etiquettes and behaviour. Throughout the workshop students of all levels were exposed to different aspects of professional life. A range of topics was covered by the honourable guest, including behavior, appropriate gestures, relations with colleagues, techniques to face interview, and attire.

At the end, there was an interactive question answer session between the participants and the facilitator. Every student who participated in the event will receive certificates of participation. The club advisors Ms. Farina Haque and Mr. Kushal Das were both present to grace the event and honored the guest speaker with a memento.

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: October 24th, 2017

Roufa Khanum, Coordinator; Dr. Sajidur Rahman, Assistant Professor and Ms. Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Lecturer of Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) gave their lectures on “Climate Change in Urban”, ‘’Concepts and Applications of Climate Change Tools and Techniques’’ and ‘’Communication with Communities (CwC)’’ on 23 October 2017. They delivered their lectures under the training tilted “Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Resilience’’ organized by Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB). Dr. Rahman mainly focused on the different GIS tools that can be used to manage the disaster events. Moreover, he also showed several examples of how remote sensing can help to analyze changing nature of a particular area before and aftermath of a disaster. On the other hand, Ms. Nipa showed how CwC ensure the communication, dialogue and information sharing between the disasters affected people and responder. She also pointed out the pillars and different stages of communication strategy which need to be considered in the communication strategy formulation. Around, Twenty one participants from different local and national organizations and university fresh graduates attended the lectures.

Tag: Department of English and Humanities
Publish Date: October 22nd, 2017

Anika Saba, Lecturer, ENH, wrote a short book review on the Turkish author Elif Shafak’s The Forty Rules of Love. It was published in the Thumbnail Review section of The Daily Star Literature Page on October 21, 2017. The novel was published by Penguin Books in 2010 and became an international best-seller. It is a mystical book on the relation between poet Rumi and dervish Shams of Tabriz exploring themes of love, religion and Sufism.

Tag: Announcement, Administration, Office of the Vice Chancellor
Publish Date: October 22nd, 2017


BRAC University has exciting news!

The University is now ranked in the QS Asian University Rankings. We are now the HIGHEST ranked private university in Bangladesh in 2018. Details are in the links below:

Full Ranking: Asia
https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/asian-university-rankings/2018

Bangladesh Table
https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/brac-university#371403

BRAC University details:
https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/asian-university-rankings/2018

This makes us a part of a select group! Among the 400 top-ranked Asian universities, BRAC University came near the middle (#228).

This is a major accomplishment attained through the contributions of our advisors, faculty, staff and students. The accomplishment also sets the pace for the future. As the Asian and European universities are now discussing: Are we future-ready? We too must contemplate and work together to address the same question. We must stay true to our mission of serving our stakeholders and, as a consequence, continue to stay in the rankings and climb higher.

Thank you for all you do for the University...your University! Let us continue to build on our successes.

 

Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor
BRAC University

Tag: Announcement
Publish Date: October 22nd, 2017

Call for BRAC Scholarship Application (Spring-2018)

BRAC Scholarship offers full tuition waiver, living allowance and book allowance (in some cases) to meritorious students who come from disadvantaged financial communities.

Interested BRACU students with CGPA ≥3.00 and obtained a GPA of 4.00 from Science, Arts and Commerce (Without 4th subject) in SSC and HSC or Equivalent and whose monthly family income is not more than Tk. 20,000/- (Taka Twenty Thousand only) may apply for BRAC Scholarship.

All applicants are required to submit both the recommended application form of BRAC University, available at the Information desk and the Online application form.

Complete the online application form by visiting:

usis.bracu.ac.bd

(Login to your usis account and click on the scholarship button)  *If unable to complete the online application, please contact the Information Desk

  • Scholarships/Financial Aid Application Form of BRAC University will be available at the information desk from October 23, 2017.
  • All applicants will be required to pay Tk. 400/- at the time of submission of the filled out form.
  • The last date for submitting the filled out form is November 02, 2017.

Call for Need Based Scholarship Application (Spring-2018)

Interested BRACU students who have completed 9 (Nine) credits with CGPA ≥3.25 and whose monthly family income is not more than Tk. 25,000/- (Taka Twenty-five Thousand only) may apply for Need Based tuition fee waiver. 

All applicants are required to submit both the recommended application form of BRAC University, available at the Information desk and the Online application form.

Complete the online application form by visiting:

usis.bracu.ac.bd

(Login to your usis account and click on the scholarship button)  *If unable to complete the online application, please contact the Information Desk

  • Scholarships/Financial Aid Application Form of BRAC University will be available at the information desk from October 23, 2017.
  • All applicants will be required to pay Tk. 400/- at the time of submission of the filled out form.
  • The last date for submitting the filled out form is November 02, 2017.

 

Ismat Shereen

Head, RMO (Relationship Management Office)

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: October 22nd, 2017

Established in 2005 by the Union International des Architects (UIA), World Architecture Day is a day to demonstrate gratefulness for the work planners do and to command a portion of the immense worldwide structural works. Engineering is staggeringly essential, and planners can shape the majority of our lives through their diligent work. Moreover, design assumes a fundamental part in getting ready for the future, managing populace development and handling various social issues. Occasions are held in multiple areas consistently, bringing designers, architects, organizers, and engineers together to grandstand their work, examine future undertakings, face off regarding current issues and plan new business wanders.

The Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) on the event of World Architecture Day 2017 sorted out a seminar on 21 October 2017 in Chittagong at the hall room of Institute of Engineers. IAB welcomed Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, C3ER, BRAC University as the Keynote Speaker. Professor Nishat conveyed his discourse on Climate Change Action. His lecture took after by exchange by 2-3 assigned discussants and a Questions and Answers Session. The Keynote Speech by Professor Nishat accomplished a more noteworthy incentive in featuring Climate Change issues and the necessary activities with his astute introduction in light of his extensive information and involvement in the field.

Tag: Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations
Publish Date: October 20th, 2017

Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) arranged a career seminar for Coats Bangladesh Ltd on Thursday, 19th October, 2017 in the Indoor Games Room of BRAC University. The purpose of the seminar was to discuss about the recruitment process and application procedures for the vacant positions available in Coats Bangladesh for fresh graduates of BRAC University.

It was an informative event where Ms. Shamma Tasnim, Talent Executive, HR, TFB and Mr. Arnob K. Saha, Associate, Fellowship Recruitment and Selection of Coats Bangladesh conducted the session and encouraged the young students to join and take up the challenge of becoming a part of this renowned company. Throughout this informative session she talked about her own experiences including leadership development opportunities, and how to manage a successful career right after graduation. A total number of 80 final year students attended this event. The program came to an end with a question-answer session.

Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.

Tag: Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Publish Date: October 20th, 2017

19th october, 2017 marks the historic inauguration of BUNSC Pathshala, organized by Brac University Natural Sciences Club (BUNSC), in the presence of Chairperson of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department, Professor A F M Yusuf Haider, BUNSC advisor Dr. Mohammad Rafiqul Islam along with other faculty members, club members and students hosted at the multipurpose room of MNS Department. After long endeavours BUNSC’s inception of Pathshala has provided a platform for freshers to aid in transition into university level education system and shed their nervousness by providing flip-classroom tutorial classes for basic 100 level Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS) courses for BIO101, BTE101, BCH101 and MIC101. Every Thursdays senior students with excellent academic records will assist freshers on achieving a clear understanding of topics they face difficulty. The Chairperson has expressed his high expectations of this initiative and his heartfelt appreciation of such an approach by BUNSC, while wishing for the success of this program.

Tag: Department of English and Humanities
Publish Date: October 20th, 2017

The Department of English and Humanities had its knowledge sharing session (Workshop 2) of its Self-Assessment Practice on October 19, 2017, at the BRAC University Building 2 auditorium. In the workshop, members of the relevant stakeholders (current ENH students, alumni, academic and non-academic staff, employers) were present. The program started with a brief welcome note by Professor Firdous Azim, the Head of ENH Self-Assessment Practice, which highlighted the necessity of the practice for the department as well as for the university. The key part of the workshop involved dissemination of the survey results in front of the audience. Dr. Rifat Mahbub, Assistant Professor and S.M. Mohibul Hasan, Lecturer, both members of the Self-Assessment team, explained the findings in this well-attended session. The findings covered the main aspects of evaluations such as governance and management, course curriculum and course load, teaching-learning and assessment methods, research opportunities etc.

The second half of the session involved open discussion, moderated by Professor Firdous Azim. The session was very helpful as it opened opportunities to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the program, in this respect the views of the alumni and the employers were very significant. Elita Karim, the editor of the Star Weekend, the Daily Star, opined that ENH students should be given more opportunities to mix with people of all walks of lives to gain deep insights about the real world. Other employers emphasized on the necessity to develop basic technological skills among students, since many ENH graduates tend to work in the field of print and electronic media. A number of alumni had suggested the current students to make the proper use of their time at the university, so that they could be ready for the demands of job market. Current students expressed the necessity of offering more courses throughout the year. The workshop was attended by members of major employer bodies of BRACU ENH graduates, which included private universities, private electronic media firms, national and international non-government and research organizations. The workshop also worked as an important social platform for alumni, current students, as well as employers and faculty members. Professor Dr. Tafazzal Hossain, Head of BRAC University Self-Assessment Program, was present throughout the session.

Tag: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: October 20th, 2017

“Frugal Innovation Forum 2017” was held at BRAC CDM, Savar, Dhaka in order to encourage leaders and practitioners to connect and explore ways for scaling quality education. Md. Saiful Islam, Lecturer of CSE Department of BRAC University participated in the forum for contributing in this noble cause. In this event, strategic partners of BRAC were Australian Aid and UKaid. Besides, Prothom Alo was associate partner and GLOBAL SCHOOLS FORUM was knowledge partner. The three days of the event were pre planned wisely in order to establish strong connection among the leader and come up with effective and realistic strategies for mobilizing progress in this sector.

During these three days session, everyone focused on finding answers of three important questions regarding replicable innovative approaches for ensuring quality learning along with defining and designing and co-creating quality, low cost public private collaboration and ensuring the curriculums that addresses 21st century skills. One of the major highlights of the event was the panelists who were highly qualified in their sectors and working very hard for making the world a better place than it is now. In addition, these sessions focused on the impact of technology in education and how technology can be used for scaling up the quality education in the global south. The facilitator of the participation of Md. Saiful Islam was Dr. Amitabha Chakrabarty who is an Assistant Professor of CSE department of BRAC University.

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: October 20th, 2017

C3ER also arranged knowledge development training on Climate Change, which was designed to give a clear understanding about climate change and its impacts. The two-day long training started from 18 to 19 October 2017 at C3ER. Fourteen participants, mainly from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), University of Dhaka, Jahangirnagar University, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology and Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB) attended this training. The training was conducted by the reputed academicians from C3ER under the supervision of Prof. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus of BRAC University. Moreover, the participants also went to a field trip at Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) offices, Manikganj led by Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Training Coordinator to perceive knowledge about different types of adaptation and mitigation initiatives undertaken by CCDB.

A certificate giving ceremony was arranged at the conference room of C3ER of BRACU and the participants were awarded the certificates of this training by Professor Ansar Ahmed, Pro-Vice Chancellor, BRACU and Professor Ainun Nishat. Mr. Ahmed gave a motivational speech to the participants and encouraged them to use the knowledge of this course as well as the training in their professional working domain and research activities. They also congratulated C3ER team for organizing such effective knowledge development training and inspired the team for carrying out such wonderful initiatives along with research activities.

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