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Seminar on CBHE at British Council

A special seminar on Cross Border Higher Education (CBHE) was held at the British Council Auditorium on 7 September. The chief guest of the Seminar was Peter Ashton, the Deputy Director of British Council Dhaka. Mohammad Nuruzzaman, the Executive Director of Daffodil Institute of IT presented the main speech of the seminar. Khaled Sohel, Deputy Director of Daffodil Institute of IT (DIIT) gave the welcome speech. The chief guest of the seminar highlighted on the pros and cons of Cross Border Higher Education (CBHE) and its importance in the world job market.

Observing the immense desire of the students to get higher degrees from reputed universities of Europe, America & Australia, a number of Study Abroad Counselling Centres have been publishing advertisements in media. As a result of this misguiding advertisements and improper counselling of those organizations many students are frustrated in their attempts at going abroad for higher education.


Discussion on 'The Role of Students in a Democracy' at SIU

In a democracy, people do not need to resort to violence. In a democracy, people can express their views and drive action through the political process. In a democracy, university and college campuses can be places for learning'- this remark was made by Ambassador Lauren Kahea Moriarty, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mr. James F. Moriarty in a discussion meeting on 'The Role of Students in a Democracy' at the American Corner, Sylhet International University (SIU) recently. With the support from the American Center, Change Makers, a Civic Education and Human Rights organization, arranged the discussion meeting. Asking the students for studying hard, which is one way to participate in democracy, Mrs. Moriarty requested the students to prepare themselves to vote intelligently, serve the community, drive action on issues important to them and hold the government accountable. Later, she received questions from the students on the role of students in U.S. democracy and politics. Presided over by Professor Sadruddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor of SIU, the meeting also addressed by Prof. Syed Akmal Mahmood, Dean, School of Business and Social Science and facilitated by Advocate Tanbir Siddiqui, president of Change Makers. About hundred students from different departments of SIU, senior faculty members, registrar, in-charge of the American Corner Mostafa Kamal were also present during the program.


MPPG Programme at NSU

MPPG Programme of the Department of General & Continuing Education (GCE) at North South University (NSU) signed a project contract on “Change Management” with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on 26 August 2009. Prof. Hafiz G.A. Siddiqi, Vice Chancellor of NSU signed for NSU whereas Stefan Priesner, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh signed the contract on behalf of UNDP. Peter van de Pol, Change Management Expert, UNDP Bangladesh, M. Nayeem Hossain, Procurement Analyst, UNDP Bangladesh, Prof. Khaliquzzaman M. Elias, Chair, GCE Department and Programme Coordinator, MPPG Program and Dr. Sk. Tawfique M. Haque, Team Leader of the Change Management project and Deputy Director of the MPPG program were present amongst others. The MPPG program of GCE department has been awarded this project through an open international bidding. The Change Management project is one of its kind where the Government of Bangladesh, UNDP and a private university will work in partnership for capacity development of the government officials of Bangladesh.


Undergraduate Orientation for fall 2009

THE orientation programme of the newly admitted students for fall semester 2009 in different undergraduate programmes of East West University was held at the Bashundhara Convention Center on 02 September. Jalaluddin Ahmed, President of the Board of Directors of the university graced the event as the chief guest. Mr. Ahmed in his speech urged the students to make the best use of the unique learning opportunities available at the university. He also asked the students to get involved themselves in extra curricular activities through the different clubs of the university in order to enhance their knowledge and skills. Professor Mohammed Sharif, Vice Chancellor of East West University in his speech explained the rules and regulations of the university for the students. Dean of the faculty of Science and Engineering Professor Mohamed Ruhul Amin and Dean, faculty of Business and Economics Professor Tanbir Ahmed Chowdhury also spoke on the occasion. Professor Muniruddin Ahmed, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university advised the students to receive the education to be the good people. Registrar Colonel Shah Murtoza Ali (Retd.) gave the welcome remarks on the occasion.


Junior Entrepreneur Development Fair 2009 at SUB

WITH a vision to build up future entrepreneurs, a two-day fair titled “Junior Entrepreneur Development Fair 2009” was organized by Southern University Bangladesh (SUB) recently. SUB Vice-Chancellor Prof. A.J.M. Nuruddin Chowdhury inaugurated the fair. Amongst others, Sarwar Jahan, Founder of SUB; Pro-VC Prof. Sharifuzzaman; Dean of Business Faculty Prof. Shawkatul Meher; Registrar Prof. Zahiruddin Ahmad were present at the inaugural ceremony. On the occasion, the students of the university put up fursnished stalls with various commodities. The stalls named “Lunacy” and “Modish” were able to draw most visitors. Another stall presented the fuel saving “BP 60” which claims to be capable of saving fuel by 20%-30%. Among other commodities, candles for exterminating mosquitoes, indigenous cakes & pithas, ladies handbags, sacks, trendy garments were exhibited. Monowara Hakim, the Chairman of Chittagong Women's Chamber of Commerce, was present as the chief guest in the closing ceremony. Prof. Kazi Nazmul Huda was in-charge of the overall supervision of the fair.


Workshop at ASA

A workshop on "Preparation of a Business Plan" was held on 27 August at the Conference Hall, ASA University Bangladesh on the occasion of the second preliminary round of “ASA University Potential Young Entrepreneur Award 2009 Competition” held by the Faculty of Business. Senior executives of ACI Limited - Mr Ashraf-Bin-Taz, Business Director, Consumer brand, Mr Muneer Hossain, Corporate Finance Manager, Mr Moinul Hossain and Group Training Head conducted the workshop. Profesor Md Muinuddin Khan, Vice Channcellor of ASA University Bangladesh inaugurated the program. The programme was sponsored by ACI Agribusiness.


Seminar at RU

DEPT. of Mass Communication & Journalism and Journalism Alumni Forum of Rajshahi University (JAFRU) jointly organized a seminar titled "Education & Occupation of Journalism in Bangladesh" at the Senate Building of Rajshahi University. Vice Chancellor of Rajshahi University Prof. Abdus Sobhan was the chief guest of the seminar. Associate Professor Moshihur Rahman was the chair of the seminar. Associate Professor Dulal Chandra Biswas and former student of the department Mahmudul Haque presented two keynote papers in the seminar. Many current and former students attended the event.


The University of Manchester Equity and Merit Scholarships for Developing Countries

EQUITY and Merit Scholarships aim to assist talented but economically disadvantaged students from developing countries. The scholarships are fully funded by the Manchester University and its alumni. Professor Alan Gilbert, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester passionately supports the Scheme and comments, "Though universities are research and educational institutions, you could argue that their most important mission in the 21st century is going to be social engagement," says Gilbert. "Producing graduates who will be responsible global citizens is now more critical than ever. So it's right and proper to invest skills and knowledge and educational opportunities in the most needy parts of the world."

This year the Scheme has been extended to Bangladesh. Some of the support is in the form of scholarships that fund students to study in Manchester. Others take part in an e-learning programme that gives Masters students the chance to study from their home country using cutting-edge internet technology.

The university awarded the scholarships by working in partnership with British Council.

The students selected for 2009 September intake are - Mohammad Alaul Azim for MSc Analytical & Separation Science, Nusrat Jahan for MSc Environmental Impact Assessment & Management, Mitra Kabir for MSc Computational Molecular Biology (Bioinformatics). Ashfaque Ahmed for MSc International Fashion Retailing, and Debashish Paul for MSc Medical and Molecular Microbiology.





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