BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) of BRAC University conducted an online short course on ICT (Information Communications Technology) Integration into Education for the faculty members of Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages, a prominent university in Kazakhstan. Md. Shams Ud Duha, Lecturer at BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), conducted the online sessions as the lead facilitator, and Mr. Hamim Al Ahsan, Education Technology Specialist of BRAC University, was the co-facilitator.
The course consisted of seven sessions which covered the history and importance of information and communication technology, use of Google Docs, blogs, Wikis and Wikipedia, podcasts and Moodle in education and collaborative learning.
The closing session of the course took place on May 23, 2017, at the university where the faculty members of BRAC University listened to the reflections of the participants from Kazakhstan on their learning. Ms. Saulet Alpysbayeva, one of the participants of the course and a faculty member of the Kazakh University, mentioned about the effectiveness of the course in the reflection session. She said it was practice-based which was further enhanced with the help of theory. This enabled participants to collaborate by sharing their experiences and expertise.
Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of BIL, opined that it is high time we promote our expertise to other countries as interaction can take place online and it can happen anywhere, anytime. She also emphasized on capitalizing on the opportunities and expanding the horizon.
The institute will conduct a similar short course with a state university in Azerbaijan soon.
Mr. Katsu Inoe, Executive Director of Kumon International Education Co. Ltd. (KIE), Mr. Kenji Inoue and Ms. Masako Inoue, Japanese delegates from Kumon Educational Japan Co. Ltd., held a three day training programme from May 23 to May 25, 2017, at BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL). The training was held for the members of BRAC-Kumon team at BIL represented by Mr. Nehal Bin Hasan, Project in Charge, Mr. Obaid Rahman, Manager of Marketing & PR, Mr. Aneek Shibgat Bhuiyan, Manager of HR & Admin, Ms. Munia Islam Mojumdar, Kumon Instructor and Ms. Humayra Mostofa, Kumon Instructor.
In this second visit to Bangladesh, the Japanese delegates along with BRAC-Kumon team also held meetings to discuss issues such as business plans, future training programmes, and so on. Moreover, an exclusive meeting was held with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Chairperson of BRAC, at BRAC Centre where Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of BIL, Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director of BRAC, Mr. S. N. Kairy, CFO of BRAC and Mr. Nehal Bin Hasan, Project in Charge of Kumon, discussed the on-going progress of the Kumon Project.
At the end of the visit, the Kumon delegates lauded the initiatives undertaken by BRAC and BRAC University and expressed their interest to continue supporting the development programs conducted in Bangladesh.
Feeling comfortable with self and others can bring peace in life. It may take over through healthy relationships and communication. One’s ability to communicate can mean the difference between success or failure in all aspects of living. Through the communication process, we express ourselves and exchange our energy with others. Unfortunately, communication is not always a positive process. Often people communicate in a way that lead to large scale conflicts, wars because they do not listen to each other, they do not care about the needs of others and they communicate using violence. Differently, people can communicate in a nonviolent way that can ensure self-empathy, empathy and honest self-expression. Nonviolent communication is a process of communication designed to improve compassionate connection to others. Moreover, it has been interpreted as a spiritual practice, a set of values, a parenting technique, an educational method and a worldview.
Therefore, to make an awareness about nonviolent communication, the Counseling Unit of BRAC University organized a workshop on “Nonviolent Communication” held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 2:00pm to 3:30pm at BRAC University Auditorium. The objective of the workshop was to increase compassion, empathy, nonjudgmental attitudes in communication. It was come out from the participants that participants were not aware about the negative consequences of the violent communication. The useful tools of nonviolent communication will help them to communicate in a healthy way in future.
BRAC University Drama and Theatre Forum celebrated “Induction” on 22nd May 2017. It was a program to introduce fresher’s, who has been newly added to the forum, to our works and achievements throughout all the years we have earned. Along with performances and introductory slides on the members, we had an interview session for all the new members. Interviews were supervised by our club Secretaries, Directors and respected Mentors.
We inaugurated our program with a musical drama performed by Tania. Along with two songs sung by Mou and Anubhab.
A spectacular mime was performed by Ayon, Bushra, Akash and Joy under the direction of Sayeed. The performance was so good that it brought down tears from audiences eyes. No performance has made us proud as much as this one. It was based on the parenting of a child who was saved a hermaphrodite. Even though the child was brought up by the hermaphrodite, the child leaves her when she realises that she is not her mother. The story was written in order to give a tribute to our mothers.
Later under Bayazid’s direction the drama “Vabmurti” was performed by Moshiul, Pushpol, Nirupama, Afif, Mugdho and Bayazid. It was written by Bayazid himself and was his first ever directed drama for BRAC University Drama and Theatre Forum.
We successfully finished our program by a dance performance by Sara and Sany. Supervised by Amir Hossain Sany. It was a program to remember for us and the audience.
BRAC University (BRACU) inaugurated a fabrication laboratory in the Department of Architecture, the first such facility in Bangladesh on May 22, 2017.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony as the chief guest at the BRACU auditorium in the capital’s Mohakhali, BRACU Vice Chancellor Professor Syed SaadAndaleeb, Ph.D. said BRACU was shaping graduate programs to instill higher intellect in students.
The price of products depends on the amount of human intellect behind it and Bangladesh should go for producing such high-valued products instead of only depending on labour, he said.
The Department of Architecture Chairperson Professor Adnan Zillur Morshed chaired the session, saying there were less than 1,000 fabrication laboratories (fab labs) in the world.
He said the architecture department would try to get its faculty trained on using the lab from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.
The fab lab is a collaboration of technological innovations where digital fabrication is aided with contemporary visualisation techniques and facilities to build accurate physical prototypical models of computer generated designs.
The lab contains a state of the art 3D printer, 3D scanner, laser cutter, 5 Axis CNC Cutter, and related IT equipments and other accessories.
The emerging science of digital fabrication is bringing the programmability of the digital world of bits to the physical world of atoms.
The programmed assembly of functional structures, ranging from nano-scale cells to micro scale micro-fluidics-blocks to macro scale buildings, along with counterparts investigating the global implications and local consequences of the digitization and personalization of fabrication allows a fab lab to create opportunities to expand the horizon of research.
The facilities are expected to harness new ideas and connect to a worldwide network of sharing for applying different innovative technologies.
The Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) provided Tk 64 lakh for the project while the remaining 20 percent came from BRACU’s own funds. The University Grants Commission is implementing the HEQEP, which was taken up by the Ministry of Education with assistance from World Bank.
Dr. Gauranga Chandra Mohanta, ndc, Project Director, HEQEP and DrMokhlesur Rahman of World Bank were present as special guests. The guests and participants later visited the fab lab on the 9th floor of Building #4 of BRACU.
Anger is a completely normal, healthy, human emotion. But sometimes a person in a state of anger may lose much of their capacity for rational thought and reasoning which lead him towards destruction if he doesn’t know how to manage it. Hence it is necessary to deal anger in a constructive and healthy way for our relational, mental physical and spiritual healthy life.
Therefore, to make students aware about the concepts of anger, two sessions of the workshop on “Healthy Ways to Deal with Anger” were held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 07:00pm-08:30pm at BRAC University Residential Campus. The main objective of the workshop was to create awareness among students on how to manage anger constructively. Four members of the Counseling Unit, Ms. Monzia Mushtaq, Ms. Anne Anthonia Baroi, Ms. Tanzila Huq and Md. Saifur Rahman conducted two sessions with sixty three students. The counselors started the session by asking few questions related to anger and taking expectations from the session. Then they discussed about the scientific definition of anger, when it is healthy and when it is unhealthy or destructive, different sources of anger and use of anger meter. A group activity was done by students about cognitive, physiological, emotional and behavioral cues of anger. Counselors also discussed some myths about anger and finally discussed healthy ways to deal with Anger. Concluding part was done by conducting a mini meditation session to help students feel calme and relaxed within their mind and body.
During the session, students were provided with different types of materials and handouts regarding anger management to raise self-awareness among them. Some video clips, individual and group works were also done to make the session even more interesting.
At the end of the session, participants were requested to fill up a feedback form. In response, they were highly satisfied with the content delivered as well as they suggested arranging more such workshop in future.
BRAC University Debate Club participated in the Zonta VidhuShe 2017, which was a women’s international debate tournament was held from the 17th to the 21st of May in Kathmandu, Nepal. We are proud to report that Team BRAC, which comprised of Iffat Sumaiya Mehzabeen and Rifayat Raisa were the champions of the tournament.
The tournament was a highly competitive one with many international participants from Thailand, Philippines and one other team from Bangladesh participating from Independent University Bangladesh. The tournament was in a British Parliamentary format. Out of the 28 participating teams, BRAC also secured the top team breaking position with the highest breaking points, securing the first position in the first four rounds preliminary rounds and the second position in the fifth round, giving them a total of 14 out of 15 points.
Additionally, both the debaters from Team BRAC topped the tab as Rifayat Raisa was the best speaker of the tournament, and Iffat Sumaiya was the second best speaker. Both had a cumulative average speaker score of 80.79/100.
Moreover, Raad Sharar, ex-BUDC member, was a subsidized and invited core adjudicator of the tournament. We are very pleased to announce that she was the only subsidized international adjudicator, where she was also invited to host a training session for the debaters in the tournament.
This tournament marks BUDC’s second championship this year, and served as a wonderful learning experience, as well as establishing a strong relationship with the Nepali debating circuit. This will inevitably help the club to prepare for future endeavors.
Title: Request for Quotation to Supply of IT Equipment (Desktop computers) for Fabrication Lab.
Request of Quotation No: ARC-BRACU/AIF/CP-3061/G-8/2017/1
Issued on: 21.05.2017
Contract Package No: G-8
Submission Date: 24 May 2017 within 12.00 pm.
Name and Address of Submission document:
Department of Architecture
14th flr, Building # 4
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A day-long session titled “Planning for Your Future” was held on May 20, 2017, at BRAC University Savar Campus.
Mr. Md. Morshedul Haque, Senior Dorm Supervisor, began the session and introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Syed Taher Ahmed, Director, HR Consultant and Career Coach at Enroute Center for Development, who conducted the rest of the session. The objective of the session was to share insights about jobs and careers so that the students are aware of the skills needed for the job market after they graduate and equip themselves accordingly. The students displayed great enthusiasm and actively participated in the question answer session.
The session ended with a vote of thanks.
BRAC Business School (BBS) has arranged an interactive session of titled “Coffee with the CEOs” at the residential campus of BRAC University (BRACU) in Savar on MAy 20, 2017. The session was conducted under the theme on the following “Textile: The next destination for our business graduates”.
Some 200 people, mostly students of BBS, attended session, taken up as part of efforts to build strong relations in corporate-academia tie-ups and enlighten young minds in their first-year of tertiary education and instil in them a sense of belonging and responsibility for the nation.
BRACU Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D. attended the occasion as the special guest. Professor Dr. Iftekhar Ghani Chowdhury, Dean of BRAC Business School introduced the guests ; Mr. Abul Bashar Mahmood, Divisional Merchendising Manager, Li & Fung Bangladesh Ltd and Mr. Tareq Amin, Moderator, Editor & Publisher, Bangladesh Textile Today.
In his speech Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D. said that BRACU always aims to produce those graduate who are capable of taking challenges of nation building. He advised the students to think out of the box and came out of bookish knowledge so that there can be some new innovations. He also asked stakeholders from textiles industry to arrange career fair in BRACU to recruit business graduates.
Mr. Tareq Amin Said that youths are biggest resource for the country like Bangladesh. If they utilize their potential properly in textile industries then it can emrage as no.1 in the world.
Mr. Abul Bashar Mahmood pointed out that the importance of the textile industry in the economy of Bangladesh is very high. The industy also has scope for huge employement and they need young business graduates who can add value to it. He also emphasized on students being socially responsible.
There was a question & answer session where students were allowed to ask their queries to the guests. BRACU Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D. concluded the session which was followed by lunch.
A friendly cricket match was played between the faculty members and staff of BRAC University at Banani Puja Field on 19 May 2017. The match was organized by Cricket BRAC University (CBU). The Staff Team, captained by Senior IT Officer Md. Maksudur Rahman, won the toss and elected to bat first. A brilliant unbeaten 52 by Mr. Salauddin steered the staff team to pile up 104 for 7 in the stipulated 12 over. Chasing the score, the Faculty Team, captained by Mr. Supriyo Shafkat Ahmed (Senior Lecturer, EEE Department and Advisor, CBU), reached the target with one wicket remaining and three balls to spare. Dr. Md. Hasanuzzaman Sagor (Assistant Professor, EEE Department) played a superb unbeaten innings of 32 in just 15 balls and single-handedly steered the faculty team to victory. In a simple ceremony, Md. Nurul Islam Bulbul (Senior Assistant Director), Md. Mahmudul Hasan (Coach CBU) and Mr. Supriyo Shafkat Ahmed distributed the trophies and crests to all the participants.
In May 2017, fourteen students of the Department of Pharmacy, BRACU underwent industrial training in different renowned pharmaceuticals as mention below:
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited (From April 30, 2017 to May 14, 2017)
Incepta Pharmaceuticals Limited (From April 29, 2017 to May 20, 2017)
Md. Arafat Khan
The Department of Pharmacy is hopeful that this industrial training will provide the students with useful practical experiences that will help them in their future career.
On 20 May, the James P Grant School of Public Health, Georgetown University and Department of Economics and Social Sciences, BRAC University organised the fifth Speakers’ Forum on Faith, Mental and Emotional Well-Being in Bangladesh.
The fifth Speakers’ Forum focused on the much over-looked topic of mental health in Bangladesh and the many critical intersections with religious belief and practice. It explored the impact of religious ideas on local etiologies of mental illness and approaches to mental health treatment and stigma reduction.
The Forum commenced with opening remarks by Katherine Marshall (Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue, Georgetown University) and featured a first panel discussion led by Rahul Shidhaye (Research Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health Foundation of India) and Monira Rahman (Founder and Executive Director, Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation). The speakers discussed regional and local perspectives of mental health in South Asia and shared preliminary observations on the role of faith and faith-based practitioners in Bangladesh.
The second panel session engaged faith-inspired approaches to overcome stigma around mental illness with speakers such as Naomi Iwamoto (a Nurse at L’Arche Community, a French-based NGO in Mymensingh) who works with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The panel also had Ashna Chowdhury (Learning & Development Specialist and Founder of Thrive) who merges psychological tools and coaching frameworks to nurture leadership and wellbeing skills such as emotional intelligence, effective communication, and stress-management.
The team of CASPER- BRAC University and BRAC University Adventure Club (BUAC) travelled all the way from Dhaka to help and stand by the flood stricken victims of Thakurbhog village of Sunamganj. None of us honestly had any idea how much a flood can affect a village until we spoke to the people there. According to Zahir Raihan, ‘Everything went under water: the fields, the houses. Nothing was spared'. The only source of earning for the people in Thakurbhog village is through agriculture. People were devastated after losing everything to the flood. The hunger was evident on their worried faces. There was no way to tell for how long they were starving. The sight would bring anyone to tears. Along with the help of BUAC and Khuddro Proyas Organization, CASPER- BRAC University was able to distribute relief to 150 flood stricken families. Besides, a local organization of Sylhet, Shurjodoy Foundation also helped tremendously during the relief distribution. Without their help, none of these would have been possible. However, Popular Pharmaceuticals Limited, Nabisco Biscuit & Bread Factory Ltd, Chillox and some other supporters had made financial and in-kind donations to the project.
Muhammad Foysal Mubarak, Lecturer at BRAC University said that " BRAC University creates socially responsible citizen and our students always come forward to help the people in distress. Therefore, it is our duty to stand beside the flood affected people". The Vice president of Casper-BRAC University, Abrar Nur Ahmed Nasif in his speech said "I believe Haor people are not afraid of natural disaster and you will definitely turn around". The local leaders called upon everyone to donate generously and take concerted initiatives urgently so that people get a little help to rebuild their life.
- Simeen Mahmud, Head Gender Cluster; Maheen Sultan, Visiting Fellow, Sahida Khondaker and Nuzhat Sharmeen, Research Associate of BIGD attended the F.I.M. Nurul Abedin and Anjuman Ara Begum Memorial Lecture 2016 in Asiatic Society Bangladesh on May 2, 2017.
- Simeen Mahmud, Maheen Sultan and Sahida Khondaker attended the International Conference, organized by Department of English and Humanities, BRAC University on May 19, 2017.
- Nuzhat Sharmeen attended a session on Knowledge Platform on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, organized by Share-Net Bangladesh on May 3, 2017.
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