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Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 18th, 2017

In order to assist the developing countries in mitigating and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change, financial resources are being mobilized globally through shared platforms as well as public climate finance commitments by developed countries under the UNFCCC. According to Global Landscape of Climate Finance (2014) published by Climate Policy Initiative, in 2014, annual global climate finance flows increased by 18% in 2014 and totaled approximately USD 392 billion. According to the report, climate finance flows were split almost equally between developed (OECD) and developing (non- OECD) countries, USD 164 billion and USD 165 billion respectively. Being one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world, Bangladesh is actively investing in the field of climate change. The Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) outline a framework for climate change investments in the country. Though Bangladesh receives fund in this sector through various internal and external channels, there are still scopes for introducing an established and widely-accepted monitoring mechanism that can ensure transparency and accountability.

To understand the extent and type of support that is being made available to precede action on climate-resilient development and to comprehend how the support is corresponding to the needs, and whether the financial resources are being spent productively, it is important to monitor the finance mechanism holistically and in details. Climate Finance Transparency Mechanism (CFTM) has been initiated in January 2017 and is being implemented by a consortium (consortium-1) among Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) in association with the British Council. Consortium-2 of this project constitutes Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) and Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (COAST Trust) as the local level partner. The CFTM project is an innovative project that would enable the funding for climate change in Bangladesh to be more effective in helping the most vulnerable communities become better adapted to climate change impacts and help improve the overall levels of transparency in governance in general in Bangladesh. The goal of this project is to increase the efficacy of climate change funds both from government and donors in tackling the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh. Promoting Knowledge for Accountable Systems (PROKAS) Program of British Council, funded by UKAID is supporting the project financially now. A session to share experience with the senior government officials was organized by C3ER, BRAC University on 17 August, 2017 at BRAC Inn, Mohakhali, Dhaka. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus and Adviser of the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University. Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD); Dr. A Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, BCAS; Tanvir Mahmud, Head of Programmes (Climate, Labour Governance), PROKAS Programme, British Council joined the meeting as resource persons. Twenty one (21) Joint Secretaries of Government of Bangladesh from different ministries and three (03) high officials from Defense (Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air) participated in the meeting.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Publish Date: August 16th, 2017

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University recently achieved the certificate of approved study centre of The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), UK and ranked up from the registered study centre to approved study centre authorized by CIPS. Till now BIGD is the one and only exam centre of CIPS in Bangladesh. BIGD applied for the study centre approval in the year of 2016 and now it has become the approved study centre in Bangladesh for providing Diploma, Advance Diploma and Professional Diploma of CIPS to achieve the MCIPS awarde from Bangladesh.   CIPS has a network of almost 100 study centres in the UK, and more than 150 centres worldwide.

After two years as an approved study centre, BIGD will be able to apply for an upgrade to ‘Centre of Merit’ and following a further two years’ continuing demonstration of additional criteria, BIGD will also be able to achieve ‘Centre of Excellence’. 

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 12th, 2017

In the backdrop of various efforts in the past to address the critical concerns of governance of the transboundary Ganges sub-basin, the Ganga-Padma Devising Seminar  was organized by Tufts’ University Water Diplomacy Programme, Observer Research Foundation, South Asia Institute of Harvard University and MIT Science Impact Collaborative Program on 10 and 11 August, 2017 in Kolkata. The Ganges sub-basin has been delineated as Ganga-Padma system in this devising seminar, which involved participants from not only the co-riparian nations of the Ganga-Padma system, viz., Bangladesh, Nepal, and India, but also experts from EU and the US. The prime objective of this devising seminar was to develop an array of actionable options (what was called good ideas) on issues of governance, technical capabilities and policy, from informed conversations of the relevant stakeholders. Like any devising seminar, no attempt was made to obtain commitment from any participant, but intense brainstorming sessions involving technocrats, bureaucrats, diplomats, researchers, academicians, activists, NGOs, etc. working in the domain of the Ganga-Padma system generated  a matrix of coordinated strategies which can result in actionable options for governance.

The two day event was started off with a welcome address from Ashok Dhar, ORF Kolkata, followed by a special address on water programme of ORF by Sunjoy Joshi, Director of ORF, and a short description on expectations from GPDS by Shafiqul Islam, Professor and Director of Water Diplomacy, Tufts University.  This was followed by an introduction of the participants hailing from revered institutions and various government organizations such as Oregon State University, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, BRAC University, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, IIT Guwahati, Uppsala University, International Water Association, Wright State University, Deltares, Water Conflicts, Government of Nepal and Government of West Bengal. From BRAC University Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, C3ER, BRA University attended the two day event as an expert. After the initial plenary rounds with presentations on what devising seminars are all about from experts from MIT and Harvard, the GPDS involved intense brain storming sessions in the form of round table discussions which were modeled on three broad issues of governance, technical capabilities and policy. The discussions were focused to generate actionable options on the three time frames, which were immediate (0-5 years), intermediate (5-10 years) and long term (more than 10 years). There were four round tables of which the first three had discussions on three broad issues as mentioned above, in which each round table session was further subdivided into finer subtopics. The fourth round table acted as a summation of the first three and the participants in the three groups discussing in it, reconciled their difference of opinions and came up with mutually agreed actionable options, which were presented later. Lastly, considerable emphasis was put on the issue of rethinking cropping patterns and effective water demand management; so that water guzzling crops (i.e. sugarcane, boro paddy, etc) are replaced with more water efficient ones.

Tag: Centre for Peace and Justice
Publish Date: August 11th, 2017

Shahariar Sadat, Academic Coordinator, CPJ, participated in the ‘Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Course-3’ held from 30th July to 10th August 2017 organized by Bangladesh Institute Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) at Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur, Dhaka.  

Tag: Announcement, Office of the Registrar
Publish Date: August 11th, 2017


Comprehensive seat plan - Summer 2017 (trimester programs) [ PDF ]

[Please look into additional sheet in notice board/web those exams are scheduled in multiple hall rooms]

Day 1 (9/8/17), Wednesday

Morning (10:00 AM):

ENG091 | ENG101 | ENG102 | CHN101 | FRN101 | ARC331 | ECO207 | ECO432 | LAW202 | MGT401 | MKT301 | SOC101 |

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BTE401 | CSE101 | CSE230 | CSE320 | EEE361 | HST403 | LAW303 | MGT431 | MKT201 | MKT429

Day 2 (10/8/17), Thursday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ACT431| ANT355 | ARC452 | ARC493 | CSE220 | ECO303 | EEE201(SEC:3) | ENV101 | FIN301 | HUM101 | LAW101 | MIC101 | MKT431

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BTE202 | BUS201 | CSE110 | CSE111 | CSE370 | CSE422 | MGT424 | MIC301 | MSC441 | POL101

Day 3(11/8/17), Friday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ACT202 | BTE411CHE101CSE340CSE341CSE371ECO202EEE365(sec:1,2) | ENG404 | FIN427 | GEO101 LAW102 | LAW204

Afternoon (02:30 PM):

CSE360 (Sec:1,2) | CSE460 | EEE207 EEE205HST102 | MAT103 | MKT421 | MSC301 | MSC422 | PHY111 | PHY112 |

Day 4(12/8/17), Saturday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ACT201 | ANT101 | ARC122 | ARC225 | BTE204 | CSE330 | ECO201 | ENG113 | ENG333 | FIN425 | LAW104 | LAW343 | MIC310 | MKT424 | PHY101 | STA101

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BUS202 | BUS302 | CSE423 | LAW304 | MAT110 | MAT120 | MAT215 | MKT426

Day 5(13/8/17), Sunday
Morning (10:00 AM):

BUS301 | CSE470 | ECO101 | ECO311 | ENG115 | ENG319 | FIN424 | LAW203 | MKT423 | PSY101 | SOC325 | STA201

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

ACT422 | ARC393 | BTE402 | CEE213 | CHE110 | EEE415 | ENG358 | ENV103 | MAT216 | MGT425 | PHY102

Day 6(16/8/17), Wednesday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ECO102 | EEE343 | FIN421 | LAW205 | MGT211 | MGT423

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BIO101 | BUS321 | CSE331 | CSE420 | EEE241 | ENG366 | LAW307 | MAT092 | MKT425 | MSC429 | SOC390

Day 7(17/8/17), Thursday
Morning (10:00 AM):

BUS101 | CSE161 | EEE423 | FIN441 | LAW403 | MGT201

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

ACT425 | BUS203 | CSE321 | MAT101 | MGT427

Day 8(19/8/17), Saturday
Morning (10:00 AM):

CSE461 | ECO308 | ECO313 | EEE413 | MGT301 | MGT422

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

MSC142 | MSC446

 

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 11th, 2017

A workshop on Sub-Regional Workshop on Urban Water and Sanitation Services in South and South-West Asia was held on 9-10 August, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was organized by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and co-organized by Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation and Kathmandu Valley Development Authority, Government of Nepal. Subarna Ershad, Environmental Economist from Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University, participated in the event as an observer from Bangladesh. The two days workshop had some specific objectives and issues to be addressed. Delegates from 10 countries of this Asian region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka) participated in the workshop and shared their experience and gave valuable inputs.

The two days program included the presentations from each country to identify their common problems as well as to focus on the best possible solutions. They discussed the challenges and gaps of this specific region to manage the issues of sanitation and water successfully as well as inter linkage of the SDG goal 6 and goal 11 was being emphasized to achieve the 2030 agenda. Overall the workshop was a successful one as it united the delegates from different countries in identifying the common but critical problems of the South and South-West region of Asia. When it came to the possible solution of the problems, the experts opined that understanding the past could solve the problem at present and in the future.

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 10th, 2017

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 9th, 2017

 

  • Press release, August 9, 2017

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Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 9th, 2017


Dear BRACU Students:

I would like to begin by wishing you good luck on your summer term examinations. As you know, several issues have come to light over the past few days, and I wanted to take a moment to address you all.

First, I'd like to reiterate that BRAC University is fully committed to preparing you for the future and helping you develop into strong leaders and agents of change across Bangladesh and globally. You have expressed opinions on various issues (e.g. grading practices, need for senior teachers, quality of teaching, campus safety, need to channel student voice, etc.). I will address them expeditiously and keep you informed.

Second, the way you shared your opinions over the past few days was generally peaceful. I commend you for having shown restraint and respect for others, as well as for private and public property. As you know, I asked an independent committee (that includes a student representative and a member of the Alumni Association) to investigate two issues. Additional issues brought to our attention are also being investigated by a separate committee. We now ask for your patience, as we allow the process to work –expeditiously but with thoroughness.

Third, even after the specific situation at hand is resolved, I would like to continue to hear directly from you about what is working well at BRAC University and what you feel are our major areas for improvement. Providing you all with a positive learning environment is our highest priority, and I would like to keep productive channels of communication open among students, faculty, and the administration. In the spirit of open dialogue, I encourage you to share your views with your professors or Department Chairs, as appropriate. Here are a few additional ways for you to provide feedback:

  • BRACUvoice[at]gmail[dot]com: We have set up this new account to collect and review all concerns/suggestions submitted by students.
  • Staff Engagement: I will appoint a dedicated staff member (to be announced) to meet with you to exchange views. I would also like to meet with small groupsat appointed times to discuss various ideas and/or concerns.


Finally, know that each of you contributes to making BRAC University what it is today. I am proud of what we have accomplished together over the past few years (such as Onnesha and many other significant achievements of the student body). This has been a learning opportunity that I intend to use to forge ahead with changes to further strengthen BRACU. I hope to continue along our journey to take this institution to the next level, espousing BRACU values and pride.

 

Syed S. Andaleeb, Ph.D
Vice Chancellor

 

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 8th, 2017


ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের ঐতিহ্য ও সাফল্য গুলোকে অব্যাহত রাখা ও সামনে এগিয়ে যাওয়ার প্রয়াসে নেয়া পদক্ষেপগুলোতে আশা করা যাচ্ছে যে বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় তার স্বাভাবিক কার্যক্রমে ফেরত আসবে এবং আগামীকাল বুধবার থেকে শুরু হতে যাওয়া সেমেস্টার ফাইনাল পরীক্ষা যথারীতি শুরু হবে। উল্লেখ্য যে, সম্প্রতি ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে সংঘটিত কিছু অনভিপ্রেত ঘটনায় ছাত্রদের মধ্যে অসন্তোষ দেখা দেয়। সেই ঘটনার পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় কর্তৃপক্ষ সামগ্রিক অবস্থা বিবেচনা করে ও বৃহত্তর স্বার্থ রক্ষায় কিছু পদক্ষেপ নেয়। পদক্ষেপ সমূহ হলো:

১। রেজিস্ট্রার দীর্ঘমেয়াদি ছুটিতে গিয়েছেন । বর্তমান ট্রেজারার এস এন কৈরী অস্থায়ী রেজিস্ট্রারের অতিরিক্ত দায়িত্ব পালন করবেন।

২। অভিযুক্ত দুইজন অফিসার তাদের পদত্যাগ পত্র জমা দিয়েছেন যা কর্তৃপক্ষ গ্রহণ করেছেন।

৩। ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় জনাব ফারহান উদ্দিন আহমেদ কে দেয়া অব্যাহতি পত্র প্রত্যাহার করা হয়েছে।

৪। ঘটনার তদন্তের জন্য গঠিত ইনকোয়ারি কমিটি তার কার্যক্রম চালিয়ে যাচ্ছে এবং শীঘ্রই তাদের প্রতিবেদন পেশ করবে।

৫। ছাত্র ছাত্রীদের অভিযোগের পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে ডিস্সিপ্লিনারি কমিটি তার তদন্তের কাজ শুরু করেছে।

 

 

 

Tag: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: August 7th, 2017

CSE department student, Md. Farhan Hamid, enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering Department, BRAC University attended a conference “ICSIP 2017(www.icsip.org)” as a speaker, held at NTU @ One-North, Singapore from 4th to 6th August. ICSIP is one of the world’s largest society for image and Signal processing, including speech recognition and processing. This conference was sponsored by IEEE. His paper was titled “Virtual Wardrobe for Physically Impaired.”  This paper was supervised by CSE faculty member, Dr. Md. Ashraful Alam, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering Department, BRAC University.

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 6th, 2017


1. Final examinations will commence from August 9, 2017. Exams will be held as follows:

Exam day

Existing exam day & date

Revised exam day & date

Day -1

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Day -2

Monday, August 7, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Day -3

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Day -4

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Day -5

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Day -6

Friday, August 11, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Day -7

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day -8

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

2. Last day for submitting grades: August 22, 2017

3. Publication of results: August 24, 2017

4. Exams scheduled in advance by individual departments, i.e. August 4 and 5, 2017 may be shifted to Friday afternoon, August 18 and/or Saturday, August 19, 2017.
Note: University Admissions tests will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 in the morning shift only; so, it is possible to provide classrooms in the afternoon slots from 2 pm for administering exams if needed.
OR
Departments may arrange exams by mutual consent and convenience from August 9 to August 21, 2017.

 

Dr. Ansar Ahmed
Pro Vice-Chancellor

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: August 6th, 2017

Few Ph.D. students of Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, Assoc. Professor of BRAC Business School (BBS), recently published the following journal articles in the various issues of International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM). IJSCM published from UK and it is indexed in Scopus (Elsevier).
1.
A Proposed Supply Chain Management Model for Teacher Education Institutions: A Structural Equation Modeling
by Darwin Pascua Paguio, Md. Mamun Habib
International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM), Vol. 6, No. 2, June 2017, pp. 15-26
[This paper proposed a Supply Chain Management (SCM) model for Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs). This model emphasizes the importance of the trifocal function of higher education to the formation of productive and competent graduates of Teacher Education Institutions, who in turn, can contribute to the progress and development of the country]
2.
Low Carbon Freight Services Analysis: A Review Study
by Shahla Deris, Suhaiza Zailani, Md. Mamun Habib, Mohammad Reza Mansournia
International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM), Vol. 6, No. 1, March 2017, pp.94-119
[The outcome of this paper demonstrates some benefits to employ low carbon freight logistic include Economic benefits, Environmental benefits, Operational benefits and Intangible benefits. The study describes opportunities and contributions in relation to an increase in a competitiveness and flexibility of enterprise and all of participating supply chain segments]
3.
Education Supply Chain Management Model to Achieve Sustainability in Private Universities in Malaysia: A Review
by Govindaraju Basu, John Jeyasingam, Md. Mamun Habib
International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM), Vol. 5, No. 4, December 2016, pp.24-27
[This paper addresses an Integrated Tertiary Educational Supply Chain Management Model (ITESCM) to achieve sustainability among private universities in Malaysia. It also provides the taxonomy of research and development in the area of integrated SCM and sustainability practices in higher education, particularly in private universities in Malaysia]

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 5th, 2017

Tag: Administration, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: July 31st, 2017

“BRAC Onnesha”, the first nano-satellite made by a Bangladeshi university, entered into the orbit around Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) today 7 July 2017 (Friday) at 3:10pm.

To celebrate the historic moment, BRAC University (BRACU) organised a ceremony at its auditorium on today to make public the real time launching of “BRAC Onnesha”.

The day’s program on Bangladesh stepping into space for the first time started at 2:30pm with a video conference organised by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in Japan.

"BRAC Onnesha", a cube measuring 10cm along its edge and weighing around one kilogramme, was taken to International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX, FALCON 9 Rocket by its CRS-11 mission on 4 June 2017.

Architect Yeafesh Osman, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP, Minister of State for Information and Communication Technology (Guest of Honour), Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (Guest of Honour), Toshiyuki Noguchi, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh (Guest of Honour), Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb Ph.D., Vice Chancellor, BRACU, Professor Dr. AA Ziauddin Ahmad, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, BRACU, Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Bangladesh, Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood, Chairman, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and members from SPARSSO attended the ceremony.

Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, chaired a discussion as the chief guest from 4:00pm-4:40pm.

The program ended with a visit by the guests to the first satellite ground station in Bangladesh on the roof of Building #4 built by university students to communicate with “BRAC Onnesha”.

Built to communicate with "BRAC Onnesha", the ground station was inaugurated by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, Chairperson, BRAC; and Chairperson, Board of Trustees, BRAC University (BRACU) on Thursday, 25 May 2017.

Earlier on 8 February 2017, BRACU became the first Bangladeshi educational institution to get its very own nano-satellite, developed and assembled by three of its students -- Abdulla Hil Kafi, Raihana Shams Antara and Maisun Ibn Monowar -- using technology and facilities of a Japanese university.

Side by side six students started working on the ground station and two more students recently joined the team under the guidance of two advisers from the faculty -- Dr. Md Khalilur Rahman and Dr. Md. Hasanuzzaman.

The students are Mohammed Shourobh, Aynul Huda Emil, Bijoy Talukder, Sananda Jagati Choyon, Jamil Arifin, Arafat Haque, Md Sakiluzzaman and Adnan Sabbir.

The BRACU researchers will analyse and interpret data taken in the form of high quality photographs, observe space environment and help serve academic and research goals.

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