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IUB Fresher's Day reflected country's traditions

THE students of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) observed Freshers' Day and Annual Festival-2006 on September 22 night at Bashundhara Convention Centre, Bashundhara, Dhaka. Following the traditions of the university, the students greeted the new batch who were admitted in the year 2006. The university offers admissions thrice a year in the undergraduate and post graduate programmes. This year, about 500-boys and girls have been admitted in different programmes at Dhaka and Chittagong campuses.

In a befitting cultural function composed of recitation, dance, fashion show and other interesting events, the new students were welcomed. The highlights of the programme were that all performers were students of IUB. By their own efforts and repeated rehearsals, they staged the annual function which enthralled the audience. The items reflected the heritage and culture of the country. It was rounded of with distribution of awards to the members of students council.

The function was attended by the vice channcelor prof Bazlul Mobin Chowhdury, Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Omar Rahman, students, their parents, teachers, officials, media men and other distinguished dignitaries.

Workshop on Photography at Stamford University

Mainul Hassan

The Film and Media Department of Stamford University recently held a 15-day long workshop on photography. The participating students received important tips about how to improve their works and also several classes were taken. After the workshop students were given certificates and awards. The department also held a photography exhibition on the works by their students from 22 to 27 th September at the Siddesswari campus auditorium.

" We organise such workshops to improve the quality of work of our students," said Ms. Sakira, PRO of Stamford University. " Such workshops are very important for a student and a participant can learn a lot by attending one," she added.

UGC will take initiative to develop ICT based academic Program - Dr. Asaduzzaman

UNIVERSITY Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh Chirman Professor Dr. M. Asaduzzaman said, UGC will take initiative to develop ICT based academic and knowledge based programs in the higher education sector. He said, “We feel proud of the rapid growth of information and communication technology and related fields in Bangladesh and the growing interest of the students in this sector and their participation in this context.”

Dr. Asaduzzaman was addressed the prize awarding ceremony of the world's largest computer programming competition ACM-ICPC 2006 Asia Regional Dhaka Site. The event was held on 23 September, 2006 evening at NSU campus. Dr. Hafiz G.A. Siddqi Vice Chancellor of NSU was present as special guest. Dr. M. Zafar Iqbal, Mr. Shahriar Manzoor, Dr. Miftahur Rahman, Mr. Wasim Chowdhury, Mr. Ziaur Rahman, Dr. Abul L. Haque also spoke among others on the occasion. Earlier, on 22 September, 2006 at NSU campus professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University was present at the inaugural ceremony as chief guest and Dr. Hafiz G.A. Siddiqi was present as special guest.

The Fudan University of China became champions, The Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) obtained second and North South University (NSU), American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) and Shah Jalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) jointly got the third position. Total 98 teams participated from 42 universities form Bangladesh and other countries of the World in this event.

Dr. Hafiz GA Siddiqi said that, Bangladesh has the potential for development, production and export of software as a substantial source of foreign exchange. A contest such as this offers a chance to test knowledge and skills of promising and talented local programmers, Dr. Siddiqi added.

In the opening ceremony, Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury mentioned that, during the last few years, the contests have become very popular among university students and Bangladesh teams have participated and performed quite well in world final championships. This has helped in improving the global image of Bangladeshi students in the field of software development.

Dr. Abul L. Haque thanked all foreign and national teams and their coaches, participants and NSU officials. Dr. Zafar Iqbal announced the ranked position of the competition.

UIU Japanese Language programme

Mainul Hassan

UNITED International University (UIU) has started a Japanese language course. The language institute of UIU is offering Japanese language course with support from Top Language Co. Ltd, Japan.

UIU has already signed a MOU with WAKHOK, a Japanese IT university. Learning Japanese language one can get the opportunity in Japan and in Japan based companies both at home and abroad. The proficiency in Japanese at level 2 might be helpful in taking admission in universities in Japan.

The course duration is one year. The syllabus is divided into two sessions. For the first six months a student is introduced to the basics of the language and after that he/she has to sit for an exam. If passed then the second phase of the programme starts, here one learns the advanced Japanese language.

"The course is not only helpful for UIU students. As anyone can attend the course it will be a great aid in learning Japanese." Said Sohel Iqbal, public relation officer of UIU. "In future UIU language institute hopes to start courses on French and German language as well." He added.

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