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Tag: Announcement, Office of the Registrar
Publish Date: March 20th, 2017

Postgraduate Programs

  • MBA Admission Test Result (1st Intake)

Candidates have been selected for admission into the MBA program for Summer 2017
[ Admission Test Final Results ]

  • EMBA Admission Test Result (1st Intake)

Candidates have been selected for admission into BRAC University for Summer 2017
[ Admission Test Results ]

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: March 20th, 2017

Pre-Registration, Summer 2017

[Undergraduate Programs]

 

Login: usis.bracu.ac.bd

Students attending the Residential Semester (RS) in Summer 2017 will be registered for courses by the Registrar’s Office; therefore, they do not have to do pre-registration.

 

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Registrar 

Tag: Administration
Publish Date: March 18th, 2017

BRAC University (BRACU) on Friday 17 March, 2017 observed the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with befitting manner. The university organized a seminar in the university auditorium at 11:00 am to talk about different glorified aspects of the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. BRACU Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb Ph.D. attended the occasion as chief guest while Dean of BRAC Business School, Professor Iftekhar Ghani Chowdhury, Ph.D., presided over the seminar. Faculty members, administration staff and students of BRACU attended the event as well to celebrate the birthday of architect of the nation with respect and enthusiasm.

In the seminar, three students of BRACU gave presentations on the great role played by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Bangladesh’s emergence as an independent country. They also illustrated how dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu had organized a nation to fight against Pakistani rulers. In his speech, BRACU Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb Ph.D. talked about significance of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s role behind the foundation of Independent Bangladesh. Later, the seminar ended with cutting cakes as part of Bangabandhu's birthday anniversary celebration program. BRAC University office of co-curricular activities and office of student affairs provided necessary support on the occasion.

Tag: Residential Campus, Announcement
Publish Date: March 14th, 2017


Vice Chancellor Certificate of Residential Semester, Fall-2016 will be distributed on Thursday, March 16,2017 at 2.00 pm at Vice Chancellor's conference room.

Nominated students are required to report to the Vice Chancellor's office by 1.45pm to receive the certificates.

Find name of the students who have selected for the certificates below:

[ Student list ]

 

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Rehan Ahmed
Campus Superintendent
BRAC University
Residential Campus, Savar

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: March 10th, 2017

BRAC University (BRACU) continues to pursue research-based innovations and applications with its BRAC Business School (BBS) today (Thursday, 9 March 2017) organising a research seminar on “Academic Supply Chain Management: An Integrated Tertiary Educational Supply Chain Management (ITESCM) Model” at the BRACU Auditorium.

Addressing the programme as the chief guest, BRACU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb PhD pointed out that research papers from Bangladesh accounted for only 0.2 percent of that in the world and only 0.1 percent of it was downloaded.

However, agricultural research was twice as much, he said quoting SCOPUS, an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

Professor Saad Andaleeb reiterated for all to put emphasis on faculty, students, administration, programmes and resources for BRACU to shift from South Asian rankings and focus on climbing up that of universities in the world.

The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, Associate Professor of BBS and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM) which is SCOPUS Indexed.

He used the ITESCM model to explain the evolution of the academic supply chain management from basic supply chain models in real life applications of the manufacturing and service industry.

The research seminar is a precursor to the 1st International Conference on Business and Management (ICBM 2017), scheduled to be organised by BBS at BRACU on September 21-22 in Dhaka.

BBS Dean Professor Dr Iftekhar Ghani Chowdhury chaired today’s research seminar, attended by eminent academicians including BBS Professor Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam and Professor Rahim B. Talukdar Ph.D, an adviser of Centre for Entrepreneurship Development of BRACU.

The ITESCM model was developed by Dr. Habib in 2009 and further research on its applicability is ongoing in countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt and Brazil.

This exploratory research addresses the education supply chain, the research supply chain, and educational management as major constituents in an Integrated Tertiary Educational Supply Chain Management (ITESCM) model.

Doctorate level research is also being conducted at the Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; AIMST University, Malaysia; University of the Assumption, Philippines; University of Al Azhar Indonesia, Indonesia; and Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The seminar ended through a lively Q/A session.

Tag: Institutional Quality Assurance Cell, Announcement
Publish Date: March 9th, 2017


Content and requirements of Logo Design:

Following points to be kept in mind for designing the logo:
1. Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of BRACU was established to ensuring quality of all types of activities of the University with financial assistance from HEQEP, UGC and World Bank and will sustain & maintain under the revenue budget of BRAC University.
2. To promote a quality enhancement culture within the University by ensuring that the academic entity adopts and implements Quality Assurance (QA) standards and benchmarked quality criteria.
3. Logo color of BRACU, HEQEP, UGC and World Bank to be followed.

Who can participate:

Students, Faculty Members and Staff of BRAC University

Format:

Soft copy in JPG and also hard copy in A4 Size paper with color print

How to Submit:

Hard copy: Director IQAC, BRAC University (level-3, UB-6, 49 Mohakhali, Dhaka
Soft copy: can be mailed at tafazzal[at]bracu.ac[dot]bd, with Cc: mahi[at]bracu.ac[dot]bd or in CD with Hard Copy Deadline for Submission: 23 March 2017.

Incentive: Winner will get attractive prize money.

 

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Director
IQAC, BRACU

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: March 5th, 2017

This weekend, 4th March 2017, the 8th Annual Hult Prize Regional Finals in Shanghai hosted 160+ competitors from more than 75 different countries, mentored by over thirty talented individuals and evaluated by a panel of 15 judges.

The event day consisted of two rounds – a morning and afternoon round, where all 48 university teams had to present their ideas to a judging team of four and a student panel; and an evening round, where only the top six teams were called to present in front of all the judges and other participants. This was the second consecutive year when BRAC University was called to present in the evening round as a part of the top six.

The team representing BRAC University, Resurgence, consists of four diverse and multitalented individuals, namely Mashiyat Rahman, Ivana Asfara, Rafayet Khan, and Naziba Naila Wafa mentored by BBS Faculty Ms. Mahreen Mamoon. The team coiled day and night for several months in order to present their idea which aimed to reawaken the human potentials of 11.9 million refugees by 2021. Despite their team having come second by a small margin in the Shanghai Regional Finals of the Hult Prize 2017, the presentation given by the students of BRAC University amazed the entire audience to the point where they were being cheered for by a large crowd during the declaration of the results. The judges, too, admitted that it was an extremely tough call for them to decide between Resurgence from BRAC University and Team Empower from York University, who eventually went on to become the winners of the Shanghai Regional. After much encouragement and deliberation from the judges and the other participants, Resurgence from BRAC University will now go on to compete in the Online Wild Card Round of Hult Prize 2017 to secure the sixth and final spot in the Hult Prize 2017 Global Finals in New York.

Tag: Department of Architecture
Publish Date: March 3rd, 2017

Department of Architecture, BRAC University (BRACU) arranged a daylong exhibition titled ‘Noir et blanc’ on Thursday, 2 March 2017 at department. Students who enrolled in Bachelor of Architecture in Spring 2017 semester participated in the event and was guided by their course instructors Amir Ebn Sharif, Saiqa Iqbal Meghna, Tanjina Khan and Riffat Farjana.

Dr. Sajid Bin Doza, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture inaugurated the exhibition, where freehand sketches and two-dimensional compositions done with pencil on paper were displayed.

Parents of freshers also joined this exhibition. Instructors welcomed queries from the parents, and explained  to them the unconventional coursework, studio culture and daily routines architecture students usually face.

Department of Architecture of BRACU arranges this exhibition every semester to motivate the freshers and set up architectural knowledge among the students.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Publish Date: February 28th, 2017

  • Simeen Mahmud, Head, Gender Cluster & CGST  and Maheen Sultan, Visiting Fellow   attended the workshop on "Bangladesh in focus: What can we learn about sustainable and inclusive development?”, held on 27-28 February, 2017, organized by Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
  • Sahida Islam Khondaker, Nuzhat Sharmeen, Sufia Khatun and Sanjida Parvin, Research Associates of BIGD, attended the training on MAXQDA software, organized by ODI and JPGSPH under the GAGE project.
  • Mohammed Misbah Uddin, Research Associate presented a proposal on “Implementing tobacco control law in Bangladesh: Challenges and way forward” at the Proposal Review Workshop for Tobacco Control Research Grant Program 2017 on February 25-26, 2017 at  Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) 
  • Kaneta Zillur, Research Associate, attended a seminar titled Dhaka’s Economic Future: Opportunities and Challenges organized by Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) held on February 23,2017 at DCCI.
Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: February 28th, 2017

Ibrat Sharif, Research Associate , C3ER, BRAC University participated in a day long training course on “Sustainable Supply Chain” held on 27 February at Bangladesh Institute of Management (BIM).  The training course was organized by collaboration between BIM and the global programme ‘Private Sector Adaptation to Climate Change’ supported by GIZ. The training contents were- (1) the understanding of sustainable development and the sustainable supply chain system; (2) responsive and resilient supply chain; (3) identification of climate change risk in supply chain (group work); (4) climate expert: development of adaptation strategy and (5) climate finance for SMEs. Sustainable supply chains can be classified as responsible and resilient supply chains. Responsible supply chains consider understanding and mitigation of the social, environmental and economic risks as well as impacts along the supply chain. Resilient supply chains imply understanding and adaptation to climate change impacts that may impact a company’s ability to produce a product or service. Climate Expert: The tool entails 4-step approach that helps companies to analyze climate change risks and opportunities and generate strong adaptation strategies. The certificate giving ceremony was held after the completion of the technical sessions.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Publish Date: February 28th, 2017

Bangladesh's contribution to knitwear sector calls for action not just words and we must begin to engage to address the rapid change of the industry, experts said at a dissemination workshop held on February 27, 2017 at a hotel in the city. BIGD in partnership with Skills for Employment Investment Programme (SEIP) project organised the workshop to disseminate Need Assessment Report and Outline of Course Curriculum of Executive Development Programme (EDP) under SEIP project and have feedback from entrepreneurs and experts of Knitwear Sector in Bangladesh.

Professor Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb, Vice Chancellor BRAC University attended the workshop as chief guest where Mr. Abdur Rouf Talukder, Additional Secretary and Executive Project Director, SEIP project was special guest. Among others, Mr. Arastoo Khan, Chairman of Board of Directors of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, Mr. Md. Khairul Islam, Joint Secretary and Deputy Executive Project Director SEIP project, Dr. Md. Shanawez Hossain Chief Coordinator of EDP, SEIP; and entrepreneurs and experts from Knitwear sector attended the event.

To accelerate the growth by increasing the productivity of workforce of the priority industry sectors including knitwear sector, the Government of Bangladesh with the help of ADB and SDC is implementing this skills training program. BRAC University is implementing curriculum development part for the knitwear sub-sector. It will ultimately lead to establishing an Executive Development Center to address skills gap for the mid to high level managers as well as new entrants in knitwear sector.

In his speech Professor Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb said, “It is a perfect platform for industry and academic linkage where BRAC University has accommodated SEIP for Knitwear industry development. The course will reduce the dependence on foreign resources yet will find ways to better collaborate in the fields of research and development and capitalize the scope of lifelong learning.” He suggested that there should be a benchmark and monitoring of the training outcome for the feasibility of such training to integrate more such programs. In future there should be research documents for the next batch of activities. This training programme should focus on SMART goal with innovation and course delivery engaging the participants with critical thinking and problem solving discussions, he added. He also suggested different classroom management techniques like, flip class rooms, group projects, Q/A sessions to make the training interactive. 

Mr. Arostoo Khan, who was one of the brains behind the idea of EDP said , “My engagement with this project is more of passion. As you are all aware that we are going through a demographic dividend and a large number of young men and women are entering into the industry market. So we have to prepare them. Again China is relocating a lot of factories away from China as the cost of labor in China is going up and we have to prepare our market for that. So these factors put an impact to take decision regarding the ADB funded EDP.”

Narrating background of the EDP Project, Dr. Abdur Rouf Talukder, Executive Project Director of SEIP and the Additional Secretary, Finance Ministry said that there was  enormous skill gap at mid and higher level positions, namely supervisor; mid and top level managers in certain industrial sector. Against this backdrop, the SEIP project of Finance Division under Ministry of Finance would like to work with leading universities of the country to establish Executive Development Centre (EDC) to conduct nine-month training programme to develop mid and higher level managers. Government will support the programme up to 2024. He also mentioned that the concept of EDC used here will be an entity that will support at developing world class business executive and entrepreneurs. He briefly narrated the scope of the EDC, its beneficiaries, its funding modality and possible implementing strategy.

In his welcome speech, Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Research Fellow of BIGD and Chief Coordinator of EDP, SEIP said, “The ‘Government-industry-university’ linkage established under this project is something completely new in Bangladesh. However, it is not new in many countries of the world where companies and universities work in tandem to push the frontiers of knowledge; and thus they become a powerful engine for innovation and economic growth. Silicon Valley, Microsoft-Cisco-Intel and University of Melbourne collaboration; and BP’s Energy Biosciences Institute in the University of California, Berkeley are  examples of such collaborations.”

Later Mr. Md. Khairul Islam, Deputy Executive Project Director, SEIP made brief presentation on EDP while Chief Coordinator of EDP, SEIP Dr. Shanawez Hossain presented the Training Need Assessment findings. Ms. Mahreen Mamoon, Coordinator of EDP, SEIP presented tentative curriculum of courses to be offered under this program while EDP-SEIP coordinators Mr. Sirajul Islam and Ms. Jannatun Naim facilitated the workshop. Representatives from several knitwear industries attended the workshop and provided their valuable suggestions and guidelines to make the EDP successful.

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: February 28th, 2017

Maya Apa is a website and mobile app that allows people to ask questions anonymously about their health and wellness. This is why the James P Grant School of Public Health has partnered with this online platform to understand the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of young people in Bangladesh under the project Digital Sister. The project aims to take the research findings and create a digital tool to better communicate SRH needs to Bangladeshi youth.

On 28 February the Digital Sister team and Maya Apa hosted an outreach and focus group discussion (FGD) as part of the research project. Over 40 young men and women - undergraduate students from BRAC University - attended the session where Maya Apa gave a demonstration on how to use the app. The students were eager to learn about the app and discuss SRH issues with the group. For the next few months, the Digital Sister project will be visiting other universities such as North South University, Independent University Bangladesh and Jahangirnagar in Gazipur to conduct more outreach sessions and FGDs.

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: February 28th, 2017

On behalf of Right Here Right Now (RHRN), ARROW with the RHRN Consortium members, successfully organised National Planning Workshop in Bangladesh along with other RHRN implementing countries in Asia. The workshop took place at the Bangladesh RHRN platform from 27 February - 2 March.

The platform discussed and agreed on long-term outcomes, short-term outcomes as well as interventions and activities towards advocacy on young people and LGBTIQ sexual and reproductive health and rights. The platform members also linked interventions during the workshop. Additionally, the structure of the governing body was finalised in this meeting. The implementation of the country plans will begin in 2017. Kuhel Faizul Islam (Programme Coordiantor) and Gazi Sakir (Research Associate) represented the School at the workshop.

Tag: Department of Pharmacy
Publish Date: February 28th, 2017

In February 2017, Dr. Hasina Yasmin, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy attended the 4th International Congress of the Society for Ethnopharmacology in Bardoli, Surat, Gujarat, India. The Congress was organized by Uka Tarsadia University (UTU), Bardoli, Surat, India in association with Society for Ethnopharmacology, India (SFE-India) from February 23 to February 27, 2017. The theme of the 4th International Congress of Society for Ethnopharmacology, India, was “Healthcare in 21st century: Perspectives of Ethnopharmacology & Medicinal Plant Research.” The Congress began with a series of pre-conference workshops which were organized in different venues within the University campus to ascertain various technicalities related to natural product research in the Congress. More than 100 scientists across the globe shared their valuable experiences and about 450 researchers presented their research works on diverse Ethnopharmacological and medicinal plant research.

Dr. Yasmin presented her research work on `Screening of bioactive peptides and proteins from Crotalaria pallida` as a poster in the Congress. A significant rise in resistance to antibiotics increases the pressure to develop novel classes of antimicrobial compounds to fight infectious diseases. As a novel approach to control such common infections, some studies are concentrated on the screening of novel plant defense peptides with antimicrobial activities. Plant peptides are extracellular molecules that perform a variety of functions in a plant such as cell to cell communication, protein synthesis and others. Most of the peptides found in plants possess antimicrobial properties as well. Many studies described the antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and other activities of plant peptides indicating the potential use of peptides as therapeutics. Crotalaria pallida, a typical plant of the subcontinent, is a plant of Leguminosae family. In her presentation, Dr. Yasmin reported the extraction, characterization, analysis, and screening of biological activities of peptides and proteins from Crotalaria pallida in her presentation.

Tag: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: February 28th, 2017

BRAC University (BRACU) Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D. received nano-satellite BRAC ONNESHA from Kyutech President Professor Yuji Oie and Professor Mengu Cho, Director, Laboratory of Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering, Kyutech on February 8, 2017 in Kitakyushu, Japan.

For all to witness this history in the making, BRACU organised a LIVE videoconference connecting the ceremony in Japan to its Mohakhali campus in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood, one of the guests of honour in Dhaka, asked Abdulla Hil Kafi, Maisun Ibn Monowar and Raihana Shams Islam Antara, the three BRACU students who designed, developed and assembled BRAC ONNESHA at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), to come over to give a presentation and organise a workshop at BTRC on their accomplishments.

He also announced that Bangladesh’s first satellite, Bangabandhu Satellite 1, would be launched from Florida on December 16 this year and that construction of two others were in the pipeline. The BTRC chairman also invited the three students to work in the Bangabandhu project upon their return.

Professor Dr. A. A. Ziauddin Ahmad, Chairperson, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, BRACU, presided over the ceremony in Dhaka and gave a brief description of BRAC ONNESHA. He said it was a great leap forward regarding technology transfer and that Bangladesh needs to build up its indigenous manpower and start developing high technology. Dr. Md. Khallilur Rahman introduced the audience in Japan.

Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb said it was a memorable day which Bangladesh should be proud of and especially thanked BTRC and Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARRSO).

He said space was the final frontier with many promises and that this was a powerful transition and that though the nano-satellite was small, the journey of its creation was big.

Kafi, now studying Applied Science for Integrated System Engineering in Kyetech, explained that the nano-satellite would be able to take high quality photographs of land to analyse vegetation, urbanisation, flood, water resources, forestry etc.

It will also allow relaying audio signals and attaining communication through HAM radio during emergencies and catastrophe and play the national anthem on days of national importance, observe space environment and monitor satellite location, he added.

Professor Mengu Cho of Kyutech said BRAC ONNESHA was easy to build and affordable and their prime objective was to educate the students so that they could go back to build one completely by themselves, presumably in October 2017.

He said the satellite was among five developed for five nations and that in unison they were able to accomplish tasks which expensive and bigger ones could not achieve.

Responding to queries of journalists, Dr Arifur Rahman Khan, the visionary who first brought up the project, connecting to the videoconference from the US, said new issues seemed complicated but students should have a dream to try, share and work together to increase diversity and give something to the nation. Dr. Md. Khallilur Rahman also responded to queries from journalists.

Professor Dr. A. A. Ziauddin then presented memorabilia to the guests of honour in Dhaka, including Mr Toshiyuki Noguchi, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh; BTRC Chairman Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood; and SPARRSO member Dr Hafizur Rahman.

BRAC ONNESHA is shaped as a cube of 10cm edge capable of completing one orbit 400 kilometres above the ground in 90 minutes and passing over Bangladesh four-six times a day. BRACU has also started building a corresponding ground station in its Mohakhali campus in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

As part of its academic endeavours, BRACU took up an initiative to start space and remote sensing research in collaboration with Kyutech and SPARRSO almost three years back.

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