We usually arrange three programs every semester but “Dramatic” is totally for the new comers. As we have the slogan that the program is by the fresher’s and for the fresher’s. And we believe it has served in the best way.
We started the program Dramatic Fall’17 with giving a tribute to the “Nagar Baul” James. The tribute contained eight of his famous songs. The tribute was coordinated by Shafin Jami Osdi. Two of best singers performed in this tribute one of them was Wahid Trishad and another one was Yasin Mehedi. Shafin Jami Osdi and Nipun Barman played the guitar and Bidhan Khan Played the Kahon.
After the tribute there was a dance performance but not like usual the song was live vocal. Our best singer Nir sang the song Ahare by Minar and Safa danced on that song.
There was a Musical Drama Directed by Bishakha Riya. The theme of the musical drama was a love story of a boy and a girl where the girl is a heart patient and dies at the end of the musical drama. This musical drama was performed by two of our newest member Mehezabin and Shaiyan.
The dramas we did till now was basically short dramas. For the first time in history of BRAC University Drama and Theatre Forum we did a full time drama of 1 hour 20 mins in length. The name of the drama was “Chaya Coturdoshi” it was slightly based on the novel Khawto of Kamalesshar Mukharjee. The drama was Collected and Screen played by Sowad Hassan and Directed by Dipto Mondol. The best performer of our club performed in this drama. The performers were Neev, Nowshin, Dipto, Ayon, Oishi, Progga, Sami and Oshen with the guest appear of Alif and Sayeed.
The decoration theme of the program was Japanese Drama. Towhidul Islam Was the décor in charge of the program.
All’s well that ends well! As the saying goes our program was a blast and gradually we are becoming a big family. We are looking forward to present some of the best performances in the coming semesters that BRACU students have ever experienced.
Team Must Have Caffeine from BRAC University became the only team representing their institution in the Final Round of Analytics 2017, which is nation's first ever Inter University Digital Marketing competition. Most part of the event took place at East West University & was organized by East West University Creative Marketing Club. The title sponsor of the event was Igloo Ice Cream ltd.
The team is led by Khandker Nagib Anwar along with Showmik Dhar, Apurba Biswas & M. Nisorgo Islam; all of them from BRAC Business School.
The first round of the event was based on planning a new product launching campaign on digital platform, where 100 teams participated. Among them, 25 teams made it to the 2nd round, where the teams had to plan a digital campaign with the duration of 7days, including the concept of an Audio Visual content. 10 Teams made it to the next phase where they were given a week to execute their plan that they presented in the previous round.
After seven days of hard work & digital campaign, all 10 teams had to present their entire idea to the core business team of Igloo & creative team of Analyzen. This took place at Monem Business District, the Head Office of Igloo.
Based on their campaign’s engagement on social media & their skills, Only 5 teams made it to the final round.
The event not only enlightened its participants about Digital Marketing, but also created future pioneers. We are proud of the achievement of the students of BBS and hope to do even better in the future competitions on Digital Marketing through active participation and guidance from the department and faculties Mr. Kamal Hossain & Mr. KM Nafiul Haque of E-Commerce/CIM Major.
BRAC University Electrical and Electronic Club (BUEEC) organized “MAGNETRON”, a mock recruitment session, emulated the recruitment procedure to make the students of the university accustomed to the real idea of what and how job recruitment is supposed to be. It was divided into two sessions. The first session, basically the interview session, was held on 11th November, 2017 at the BRACU auditorium. Dr. Shahidul Islam Khan, Professor and Chairperson of the department of EEE of BRAC University inaugurated the session and Engr. Md. Nurul Akter, CEO, Energypac Electronics, was the chief guest. Mr. Galib Amin president of BUEEC and vice president Mr. Pavel Mahbub welcome the participants. Dr. Amena Hasan Abedin and Prof. Md. Mosaddequr Rahman were also present. The judge panel Samiul Muntakin Khan from Grameenphone, Md. Muntashir Bin Mahfuz from Le Meridien Dhaka, Md. Robiul Islam Sarkar from Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC), Navid Bin Sakhawat from EGSL, Miraz Mahbubul Hasan from Augmedix Inc., Mihir Barua and Engr. H.M. Khayruzzaman from SIEMENS along with the faculty members conducted the mock interview. The participants faced real life job interview and recruitment procedure by going through a chain of interview which tested their knowledge and skills.
The second session of the event took place on November 19, 2017 at the indoor games room of the university building no. 3. The session was held to provide the participants with feedback on their performance and suggestions how to improve their performance. It started with the motivational speech of Mr. Pulok Barua, Managing Director of Gryhayan Ltd., followed by the valuable feedback from Mr. Mihir Barua, a guest from Siemens Bangladesh. Judges Mr. Md. Anamul Haque and Md. Farhan Tasnim Oshim discussed on the performances of the participants. The event ended with a short cultural program performed by the students of EEE department
BRAC University Communication and Language Club (BUCLC) hosted the grand finale of ‘Public Speaking Competition 2017’ on November 19, 2017, at BRAC University Auditorium. Through this competition, BUCLC placed its utmost focus in developing students as exemplary speakers, project themselves as thought leaders, and showcase their capacity to express their ideas in public.
As part of the competition’s process, a three-day long audition was arranged from November 07 to November 09, 2017, where more than 100 students participated. Thirty participants were selected from the audition and offered three different workshops titled “Body Language & Expression for Public Speaking”, “Developing & Organizing Content for Public Speaking” and “Voice Projection & Expressing Emotion through Voice” to hone their skills. Finally, after the selection round was complete, only ten brilliant speakers were shortlisted to compete in the final round.
Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), graced the occasion as the guest of honour. In her opening speech, she said, ‘To be a global citizen and to be a future leader, there is no alternative to being good at public speaking. We live in a time when it is more than necessary and an almost basic skill that every student should have’. She also asked students to carry on with the ‘Inspiring Excellence’ spirit and come up with innovative ways to implement their ideas into actions.
Ms. Farina Haque, Lecturer at BIL & Co-adviser of BUCLC, and Ms. Tasmia Nawin, Lecturer at BIL, were present in the finale as honourable judges. The event came to an end with the award-giving ceremony acknowledging the success of the top three participants.
BUEEC organized one event in November 17. The name of the event MAGNETRON, a mock recruitment session, emulated the recruitment procedure to make the students of the university accustomed to the real idea of what and how job recruitment is supposed to be. It was divided into two sessions. The first session which was basically the interview session was held on 11th November, 2017 at the BRACU auditorium. Students of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department having 80+ credits were eligible to participate in the session. Dr. Shahidul Islam Khan, Professor and Chairperson of the department of EEE of BRAC University was the inaugurator and Engr. MD. Nurul Akter, CEO, Energypac Electronics, was the chief guest of the event. The event started at 10am with the welcome speech from the president of BUEEC, Mr. Galib Amin followed by the vice president Mr. Pavel Mahbub. The session was divided into three main segments. Dr. Amina Hasan Abedin, Assistant Professor of EEE department and advisor of the club, discussed very specifically in her brief speech. For sharing their personal experience with all the participants, motivating them and to serve in the judge panel Samiul Muntakin Khan from Grameenphone, Md. Muntashir Bin Mahfuz from Le Meridien Dhaka, Robiul Islam Sarkar from Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC), Navid Bin Sakhawat from EGSL, Miraz Mahbubul Hasan from Augmedix Inc., Mihir Barua and Engr. H.M. Khayruzzaman from SIEMENS were also present along with the faculty members. The participants faced real life job interview and recruitment procedure by going through a chain of tests which were set to test their knowledge and skills. The second session of the event took place on November 19, 2017 at the indoor games room of the university building 3. The session was held to provide the participants with feedback on their performance as well as suggestions about how to improve themselves. It started at 2:00 pm with the motivational speech of Mr. Pulok Barua, managing director of Gryhayan Ltd. followed by the valuable feedback from Mr. Mihir Barua, a distinguished guest from Siemens Bangladesh, and respected faculty members and judges Mr. MD. Anamul Haque and Md. Farhan Tasnim Oshim on the performances of the participants. Thereafter, a short and charming cultural program performed by the students of EEE department took place. Respected alumni Mr. Tanjil Ovi had a short speech afterwards. BUEEC believes in the motto of our beloved university, “inspiring excellence”, being motivated by which, BUEEC inspired the enthusiastic participants by awarding prizes and certificates. BUEEC family addressed farewell to the participants with hope of a better future and wishing their utmost excellence and success and with this the Magnetron Mock Recruitment Session ended up.
BRACU Corporate's League 2k17 is the first ever national level (Inter University) Business Case Competition from BRAC University, organized by BRACU Business & Economics Forum (BeF) where welcomed all the future aspiring leaders from different universities of Bangladesh to compete and prove their potentials at national platform.
The competition was consisting of three rounds which was proceeded to the most awaited grand finale. Most important thing of the competition was the prize money which was 100k as well as internship placements for the finalists. The competition was judged by corporate leaders from different renowned corporations and Multi-National Companies. The schedule of the competition was divided in 3 round.
- Preliminary Round (27th – 31st October)
- Group Round (2nd October)
- Grand Finale (7th October)
The first round was named as Preliminary Round started from 27th October 2017 and continued till 31st October. In this time 100 groups solved an online case which was judged by our knowledge partner 10 minutes’ school. From the first round top 50 teams qualified for the second round which is Group Round.
In the second round 50 teams was divided in 5 group which was group A, group B, group C, group D, group E. Each group contained 10 teams and in the group round only one team from each group was selected. This group round was very tough and very much competitive. For the group round only best was not enough to be qualified for grand finale. Each group gave their 200%. To judge their presentation there were 10 renowned judges. Honourable 5 judges were from corporate world and other 5 judges were from academia sector. The honourable judges were
- Shihab Zafar, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Growth Specialist and Analyst and Head of Growth at Maya.com.bd and Chairman, Just Juice.
- Adiba Naoshin, Lecturer, BRAC Business School
- Tanzina Ahmed Choudhury, Assistant Manager and Business Development of LankaBangla Securities Ltd
- Hasan Maksud Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, BRAC Business School
- Salman Zahir, Consultant and Clean Energy and Resource Efficiency of International Finance Corporation
- Saif Hossain, Senior Lecturer, BR Asif Hossain Rupom
- Asif Hossain Rupom, Executive, Factory Sales, Avery Dennison Bangladesh
- N.M. Baki Billah, Lecturer, BRAC Business School
- Ashrafur Rahman Shetu, Assistant Brand Manager of Partex Star Group
- Jubairul Islam Shaown, Lecturer, BRAC Business School
The group round held at BRAC University. Choosing only one team from each group was very difficult for the judges but yet after lots of discussion and judgements they chose best out of best.
Grand finale held on 7th November at 6 PM at BRAC University auditorium. Here top 5 teams competed with each other. They were given case through mail 24 hours earlier for solving the case as well as preparing themselves for presentation. The schedule of grand finale was
The top 5 teams were –
- Blue Ribbon (BUP)
- Break Even (BRACU)
- DuoChrome (BUP)
- Jokers (NSU)
- Team Shoelace (BUP)
We had experienced and very renowned judges to judge their ability and presentation. The judges were
- Mahreen Mamoon, Assistant Professor, BRAC Business School.
- Syed Najmus Saquib, Dy. Senior Vice President, Green Delta Insurance and Marketing Adviser of Sylhet Sixers.
- Fardina Hafiz, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager, BRAC Bank.
After an immense competition the judges picked the top 3 winners of BRACU Corporate's League 2k17 and those are –
1st Runners Up: Breakeven
2nd Runners Up: Team Shoelace
There are some people behind the huge success of BRACU Corporate's League 2k17. And one of the main core person is the Chief Advisor of BRACU Corporate's League 2k17 who is Mr. N. M. Baki Billah. "He is currently the advisor of Business and Economics Forum and acts as a guardian for the entire BeF family. His tremendous support and will power has guided us this far. Without his support and all the suggestion it was impossible to build the big event.
Moreover, the core and executive team worked really hard to make this event a huge success.
Undergraduate students of Operations and Supply Chain Management of BRAC Business School visited production premises of Bangladesh Steel Rerolling Mills (BSRM) Limited and Chittagong Eco-Park, Chittagong on 17-18 November 2017 as part of industrial tour program of the major. Industrial tour to observe the production and service operations in the industry sector is a relevant and enrichment activity of the business education. It is a vital part of the curriculum of Operations and Supply Chain Management. Students observed very closely the procurement process, demand forecasting, production planning, production operation, supply chain, inventory control, quality control and assurance, energy and industrial resources optimization, and environmental issues of BSRM. They also enjoyed the beauty of the Eco-park and observed operations and services provided by the management of the eco-park. The management of the organizations briefed the students and actively interacted with the officers who were giving the orientation. It was a good learning experience for the students to go through the practical management operations.
BRAC Business School, BRAC University is giving thanks to the management of BSRM and Chittagong Eco-Park authority for their all-out cooperation.
The education trip was held under the guidance of Mr. Hasan Maksud Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, BRAC Business School, BRAC University.
A survey team from Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) visited Dular Char, Charbagha union, Bhedarganj upazila in Shariatpur district with a view to conduct qualitative field survey for the project Floating Houses: Community Based Flood Resilience Innovations in Bangladesh. The ten days expedition (from 7-17 November 2017) comprised of nine members from C3ER. The team conducted three Key Informatnt Interviews (KIIs) and twenty Focus Group Discussions (FGDs). Key informants were Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and Project Implementation Officer (PIO) of Bhedarganj upazila; and Union Assistant Secretary (UAS) of Charbagha union. After initial discussion with the key informants and local representatives of Dular Char, it was convinced that Ward 05 would be the area to administer FGDs and future intervention. The team at first marked the territory of ward 05 followed by transact mapping with GPS location and household information. Counted on data and information from FGDs with local community, the team developed wealth ranking and habitat mapping, resource mapping, hazard calendar, disaster’s impact on morbidity and mortality, damage to housing, psycho-social impact of disaster, and impact of disaster on livelihood. Apart from this, there were 2 architects in the team to collect information on spatial distribution, house building materials, tools and technical variations of house, housing patterns, land use, land morphology, household setting, sanitation, and kitchen management. The architects explored the rehabilitation and reconstruction of housing during and after disasters to understand the community’s lifestyle, availability of housing materials and technological resources for the construction phase of the floating houses. This information will be helpful to understand their daily lifestyle that will help us to comprehend the utilization, interior and exterior space relationship and construction process of the demo house with the materials available at the site.
From November 7-16, 2017, the global leaders met for the 23rd annual Conference of the Parties (COP 23) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which aims to “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. It took place in Bonn, Germany from 6-17 November. The government of Fiji was the official host of the event. However, as Fiji cannot accommodate such large event, German government has kindly offered to host the event in Bonn. This year from Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University Ms. Roufa Khanum, Rezwan Siddiqui, and Marjan Nur lead by Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, BRAC University attended the COP23. The main purpose to attend this COP was to contribute to the side events organized under the Climate Finance Transparency Mechanism (CFTM) project, as well as to participate other key events related to climate finance and governance, loss and damage. Building network with different organizations and individuals working in climate change sectors, and to share and learn the mutual knowledge and experiences was also the additional goal of this visit.
The main objective of this year’s COP was to simply move from promises to action to implement the Paris Agreement. At the conference, COP23 President and Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama called on governments to make swift progress on taking forward climate action and finalizing the rulebook of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.The participating organizations have formed networks and alliances to develop ideas and strategies about renewable energy, smart mobility, living infrastructure and sustainable urban design. This has been the good news story of COP 23. Critical initiatives like Gender Action Plan, Local Communities and Indigenous People’s Platform, Launch of the Ocean Pathway Partnership and Insu Resilience were initiated at this year’s conference. The conference also offered nation states a unique opportunity to work more closely with cities, to plan for climate change. However, the COP23 recognized that the present commitment for reducing the GHG emissions isn’t sufficient to meet the principle objective set in Paris, which is to limit the rise in global average temperatures to a maximum of 2⁰ Celsius by the end of the century. C3ER’s participation in COP23 offered the unique opportunity for better understanding of the present trend of global climate actions. C3ER team actively participated in climate change negotiations, several side events, and networking events. Most notably, C3ER team presented the activity highlights, especially of CFTM at the two side events of November 13 and 16 which consecutively took place in Bonn Zone of COP 23 venue and in Derag Living hotel Kanzler of Boon, Germany.
Students attending the Residential Semester (RS) in Spring 2018 will be registered for courses by the Registrar’s Office; therefore, they do not have to do pre-advising.
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The BRAC University Professional Development Centre (PDC) celebrated Certificate Award Ceremony on 16th November 2017 for the Faculty of Summer 2017 who successfully completed the Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Program. The key objectives of this certification are to make BRACU Faculty future ready using active learning and student centered learning strategies. The course participants, PDC members, Heads of the departments and key administrators of the university attended the ceremony. The ceremony started with a welcome speech by Dr. Shakib Ahsan, the Director of PDC followed by an inspirational speech by Dr. Ansar Ahmed, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University congratulating participants for their hard work and awarding the certificates. A highlight of the ceremony was when the participants reflected on their learning experiences and the effects on their own practices.
Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), and Mr. Md. Shams Ud Duha, Lecturer at BIL, attended the ‘World Innovation Summit for Education’ in Doha, Qatar, which was held from 14 November to 16 November, 2017. Since 2009, the WISE Summit has brought together diverse education stakeholders in Doha to explore and share ideas, and to collaborate towards creative action in education. This year, 2000 delegates from approximately 100 countries participated in the summit. Lady Abed and Mr. Shams attended several sessions and exchanged ideas on innovative assessment, integration of technology into education, and distance education.
The Office of Career services And Alumni Relations (OCSAR) organized a recruitment seminar for the final year students of BRAC University on 16th November 2017 in BRACU Indoor Games Room UB03 (9th Floor).
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is a UK-based international development organization having operations in 26 countries around the world. It was founded in the year of 1958, headquartered in London and started its operation in Bangladesh in the year of 1974 with a vision to create the world without poverty in which people work together to fulfill their potential by linking both international & national volunteers in development initiatives.
After the global success of NCS project in several operational countries of VSO, VSO Bangladesh is going to start National Citizen Service (NCS) project from September 2017 funded by UKAID, bringing together young national volunteers to make a difference in some of the poorest communities in Bangladesh starting in Gaibandha, Barisal Sadar and Satkhira. Currently, VSO Bangladesh is looking for 30 (15 Female & 15 Male) dynamic youth volunteers and youth volunteer team leaders. The project aims to create positive changes in rural communities in the area of Livelihood, Good Governance, Youth & Women Employability and Entrepreneurship and Adolescent & Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Rights by building personal development of youth and promote them as active citizens.
Mr. Mohsin Arif Reja, Recruitment Specialist, VSO Bangladesh outlined the employment opportunity and responsibilities along with the procedures of applying in the National Citizen Service (NCS) project. The event concluded with a vibrant interactive Q & A session in which students raised queries about the career and growth opportunities of the program. Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
The Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR), BRAC University in association with LEADS Group organized a career session for engineering students on Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 in BRAC University Auditorium.
LEADS Group, considered as one of the renowned ICT Solution Providers of Bangladesh conducted the session to talk about their recruitment process & career prospects for engineering students.
Prof. Dr. Md. Abdul Mottalib, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering greeted the LEADS team in his short and warm welcome speech.
Mr. Shaikh Wahid, Managing Director & CEO, LEADS Group briefly talked about their organization and the career opportunities for fresh graduates in different wings of LEADS. Later, he also discussed the step by step recruitment process for entry level jobs which includes written exam, assessment centre, panel interview and final interview with the management team.
Mr. Shaikh Abdul Aziz, Chairman, LEADS Group motivated students by sharing his career journey with the students. He also discussed all the qualities one must have to succeed in their life.
Mr. Khan Sadat Anwar, Assistant General Manager, Human Resources, LEADS Group had an interactive session with the students where he explained the opportunities that they will be given if they join the organization. The event concluded with an interactive Q & A session in which students raised queries about their career and local & international career opportunities for engineers.
Amitabha Chakrabarty, Ph.D, Assistant Professor & Dr. Jia Uddin, Assistant Professor from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering were also present at the session. Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
“Hawk Insights”, a dynamic team from BRAC University, recently participated in some of the most renowned business competitions of Bangladesh so far and made remarkable achievements reaching CreADive 2017 powered by Rexona Unilever Bangladesh, this November. The team consisted of four admirable and self-motivated students of BRAC University – Sadan Kabir (BBS), Shadman Sakib (BBS), Marzia Tanzim Autoshi (BBS) and Tafsin Jaber Ankan (CSE). Hawk Insights began their journey, for the first time, through competing in the Unilever Bizmaestros 2017- one of the biggest business competitions in Bangladesh and reached the semifinals. Moreover, the team members individually participated in various other competitions like – Battle of Minds, HULT, Adwiz, Blueprints, Econthon, Econ Prodigy etc.
The team’s vision is to make BRAC University the most distinguished name in the sector of all business competitions. Hence, they are working hard to set an example and to be a source of inspiration for the juniors and to take BRAC University even further in the years to come
Depression and suicide is fast becoming a very serious and prevalent issue in our society. Thousands suffer everyday due to depression; however it is not always taken seriously until it becomes too late. To raise awareness on the severity of this issue, BRAC University's infant club, BUCSC had organized their first big event on the 14th of November, 2017. Held in the university auditorium,the event was decorated with artistic and expressive posters and words.
Titled, "Walking with Lead Shoes" the event welcomed its main guests from the suicide prevention helpline, Kaan Pete Roi. The show consisted of an introductory speech from the university's Pro VC, Professor Ansar Ahmed, followed by an extensive presentation session by the guests and also a very interactive Q&A session with the audience. The presentation covered various aspects concerning depression and suicide, including why and how people become suicidal and what to do when someone is thinking of taking their life. The main focus was to aware people that depression is very real and to never take it lightly and always ask for help.
After the informative session, some very eccentric musicians from BRAC University as well as IBA took the stage. They entertained the audience with their amazing performances as they paid tribute to the recent lives lost due to suicide, like Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. The event was concluded by renowned vocalist and media personnel, Mr. Jon Kabir who graced the audience with his stories and advice on depression and also sang a few songs. Overall, the event was very well received and appreciated.
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