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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

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: 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: 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.

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: February 27th, 2017

C3ER team conducted a 5 day long field visit for the project entitled ‘“Capture and assess best CwC practices in disaster response and recovery” funded by DMCC, BRAC and “Achieving Resilience through Inclusive Community Based Organizations” funded by OXFAM from 22-26 February 2017 at Satkhira District as a study area. A team led by Professor Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, and Advisor, C3ER, BRAC University. The team was comprised of total 17 surveyors and 5 C3ER staffs. Key objective of the field visit is to identify and disseminate of effective methods and tools of early warning and recovery interventions in community engagement and assess the outcome of an action research on ‘Resilience through Economic Empowerment, Climate change Adaptation, Leadership and Learning( REECALL). Questionnaire survey, Focus Group Discussion and Key Informant Interviews were conducted during these field visits. Besides that, the team dug up some special case studies.

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: February 27th, 2017

A delegation from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health visited the James P Grant School of Public Health on 26 February. The team consisted of academics working in public health and international relations, headed by Martin Augustine Philbert (Dean, School of Public Health). He was joined by Matthew L Boulton (Senior Associate Dean for Global Public Health), Elizabeth J King (Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education),  Mousumi Banerjee (Research Professor), and Amy N. Sarigiannis (Director, International Relations and Scholar Exchange Program).

The team were keen to collaborate with JPGSPH on student and faculty exchange, short course development, and joint research activities.

Tag: Announcement, Relationship Management Office
Publish Date: February 27th, 2017


Call for BRAC Scholarship Application

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 February 20, 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 March 02, 2017.


Call for Need Based Scholarship Application

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 February 20, 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 March 02, 2017.


Ismat Shereen
Head, RMO (Relationship Management Office)

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: February 27th, 2017

Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, Associate Professor of BRAC Business School (BBS) and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM) – Scopus Indexed, joined the Sixth International Conference on Advances in Economics, Social Science and Human Behaviour Study (ESSHBS 2017) on February 25-26, 2017 at Hotel Lebua at State Tower, Bangkok, Thailand, organized by IRED, USA.

Dr. Habib delivered his Keynote Speech on “Supply Chain Management (SCM): Its Implications on Manufacturing and Service Industry”. He illustrated the significance and implications of SCM on manufacturing and service industries through various models as well as demonstrated ITESCM (Integrated Tertiary Educational Supply Chain Management) Model which was developed by Dr. Habib in 2009.

Conference proceedings consist of ISBN: 978-1-63248-120-7 and keynote paper avails DOI: 10.15224/978-1-63248-120-7-74. Consequently, He chaired the Session of the ACCN and ESSHBS conference. Lots of participants from 26 countries, particularly Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Australia, UK, USA, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, etc. presented their papers.

During the conference, Dr. Habib discussed with distinguished renowned professors about 1st International Conference on Business and Management (ICBM 2017), organized by BRAC Business School (BBS) on September 21-22, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Tag: Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Publish Date: February 27th, 2017

Ms. Jebunnesa Chowdhury was nominated by the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) to attend “Nobel Prize Dialogue Tokyo 2017” held at Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan on February 26, 2017.  Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Nobel Media AB were the organizers of the event. The event aims to stimulate discussion at the highest level on a topical science-related theme by bringing together Nobel Laureates, the world’s leading scientists, key opinion leaders, policy makers, different interest groups and the general public, online as well as on site. By bridging science and society, it is an opportunity to stimulate thinking, excite imagination and inspire greatness. Ms. Chowdhury actively joined the event by asking questions at the Q&A sessions after the lectures and a panel discussion on “The Future of Intelligence”. Presence of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, at the evening reception on 26 February, was a great honour for the participants.

Tag: Department of Architecture
Publish Date: February 25th, 2017

The British Academy has recently awarded a prestigious research grant entitled “The last 100 metres: Safeguarding potable water provisioning to urban informal settlements” under its Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Sustainable Development scheme to a Bangladesh-Tanzania-UK collaborative team of researchers.

Dr. Mohammad Faruk of the Department of Architecture, BRAC University  has been nominated as the project’s Bangladesh coordinator for the ‘Settlement characterization, mapping & social survey’ component.

He has participated a five-day project inception meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania hosted jointly by the Ardhi University and BRAC Tanzania, during 19-24 February 2017. During his visit Dr. Faruk also visited five key informal settlements in Dar es Salaam as part of the research and also attended the Management board meeting of the ' last 100 metres' project.

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

BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) faculty members Mr. Md. Shams Ud Duha, Mr. Kushal Das and Ms. Adrita Mulk accompanied two groups of interested students from ENG091 and ENG101 sections to Ekushey book fair on February 23 and February 24, 2017. On both days, students met and exchanged views with a writer and a publisher, visited different stalls, and bought several books.

On February 23, students met prominent cartoonist Mr. Ahsan Habib and publisher Ms. Aditya Antor from Ittadi Publication. They were also interviewed by Independent TV and the interviews were broadcast the next day. On February 24, another group of students met Mr. M. A. Matin, editor of one of the little magazines Amoraboti, and Mr. Osman Gani, renowned publisher of Aagami Publication. They shared their recent projects and future plan with the students on both days.

The trip was arranged as part of BIL’s new initiative to encourage experiential learning.

Tag: Department of Architecture
Publish Date: February 24th, 2017

Department of Architecture Self Assessment Committee (SAC), BRAC University has organized a three day long program along with IQAC(Institutional Quality Assurance Cell) on the visit of external peer reviewer (EPR) team to assess the final self assessment report of Architecture Department held from 20 to 23 February 2017. In this program, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmen and Dr. Nandini Awal were present as the member of SAC. A team of three quality assurance (QA) experts reviewed the report among whom Dr. Mahbub Rahman as foreign expart (Professor and Dean, College of Engineering and Design, Kingdom University Bahrain), and Prof. Dr. Mushfique Ahmed (Department of Geology and Mining, University of Rajshahi and Director, Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh) and Prof. Dr. Farida Nilufar (Professor Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)) as local experts joined the program.

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