A group of students of BS Microbiology program of the MNS Department visited the Akij Food and Beverage Limited (AFBL), Dhamrai, Savar on 09 March, 2017. The team consisted of thirty four students and three faculty members namely, Ms Namista Islam, Ms. TrosporshaTasnim Khan and Ms. Nazneen Jahan. The visiting team was then taken around the different production floors, including the different fruit juice and chips production plants. The team thanked AFBL officials for their warm reception and for showing the functions of different food processing machines and equipments. This visit has enhanced the students’ knowledge on food plant sanitation, hygiene, food laws and regulations, and quality assurance.
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.
March 8, The International Women’s Day, is an event that celebrates the acts of determination and courage shown by ordinary women who have played extraordinary roles in making changes to the society. BRAC University Pharma Society (BUPS), in association with BRAC University, intended to do something special on this occasion. They expressed their respect and gratitude to the female members of BRAC University by presenting them with handmade greeting cards and flowers. Faculty members, guards, floor staffs and cleaning staffs, all were included here. The day ended with smiles and a feeling of honor in every women’s heart.
On Wednesday, March 8, Mr. Annajiat Alim Rasel, Lecturer III and Undergraduate Course Coordinator, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) was invited to the Google Women Techmakers International Women's Day (IWD) Celebration Program. It was held in Partnership with ICT Division, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The even took place at Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Auditorium, ICT Bhaban, Agargaon, Dhaka. The program featured, Women Development panel discussions, Technical talks with technology leaders, Career-planning discussions, Networking opportunities, etc. Besides participation of Mr. Annajiat, students of the CSE department volunteered in the event, namely, Suraiya Rahman Mahima, Tanzina Tonny, Maisha Farzana, Nafis Nakib, Sadman Sakib Nadvi, Ahmed Bin Sabit, Leonard Michael Gomes Dip, Md. Moniruzzaman Moon and others. Our Hon’ble State Minister of ICT Division, Zunaid Ahmed Palak was the Chief Guest of the program. He awarded laptop on stage and announced a national program to distribute laptops.
On Tuesday, March 7, students and faculty members have participated in Library Research Skills Workshop: Scopus, Mendeley and ScienceDirect. It was organized by BRAC University Library in association with Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), BRACU. Mr. Vishal Gupta from Reed Elsevier demonstrated use of Scopus, Mendeley, and ScienceDirect to improve research efficiency, compare amongst journals, etc. Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department faculty members, Hossain Arif, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Fatema Siddika have participated in the workshop. Among the students, S M Mahsanul Islam, Ashikul Alam Chowdhury, Md. Ridowan Chowdhury, Nahid Kamal, Fazle Rabbi, Arafe Zawad Sajid have enthusiastically participated in the workshop.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) organized an on-campus recruitment session conducted for Nitol Niloy Group on 6th March, 2017 Monday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm in the OCSAR conference room, BRAC University.
OCSAR conducted the session in order to place suitable candidates from BBS department. There was both full time internship and job opportunity for students. A total number of 50 students were shortlisted for the interview session. The 2nd phase of recruitment process will held at Nitol Niloy’s head office.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR coordinated the event.
Dr. Ansar Ahmed, Director of Institutional Effectiveness at BRAC University attended the 2017 Ashoka U Exchange conference held in Miami, Florida, USA from March 2-4, 2017. The conference theme centered on embedding social innovation in higher education. Attendees came from all corners of the world, some to share their ideas, others to learn. BRAC University was represented by Dr. Ahmed and Mr. Shafaat Bari, Director of Student Affairs. They “joined hundreds of other innovators in higher education who are re-imagining how to utilize colleges and universities as platforms to catalyze long-term change and social impact.”
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.
Department of Architecture, BRAC University arranged a day-long exhibition titled 'Noir et Blanc' at the department on 02 March 2017. 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.
Ms. Jebunnesa Chowdhury visited RIKEN, Japan’s largest comprehensive research institution renowned for high-quality research in a diverse range of scientific disciplines, located in Wako-City on 2 March, 2017. After listening to an introduction to RIKEN from the Executive Director Dr. Shigeharu Kato and Honorary Scientist Yuji Kamiya, along with others she visited the different laboratories at RIKEN. During the visit, she came to know about the fellowships and facilities of the institute for future collaboration.
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.
Twenty students along with three faculty members of the biotechnology and microbiology programs visited Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) on March 02, 2017 to have a practical idea on the diagnostic microbiology and immunology. There the students were shown how pathological specimens such as blood were cultured. There was practical demonstration on various tests for bacterial identification, interpretation of western blotting results and ELISA for viral identification and many other relevant techniques. The team was led by Professor M. Mahboob Hossain along with Mr. Mahbubul Hasan Siddiqee and Ms. Eusra Mohammad.
OCSAR in association with BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) conducted a Career Trend Session for Pre-University students on 2nd March, Thursday, 2017 at the Auditorium of BRACU.
The purpose of the session was to discuss about the selection of courses, necessary skills and resources to get a successful internship/ job, career development and future planning issues.
Ms. Anika Tasnim and Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR were present at the session. They discussed about resume writing, presentation and interview skills, employability and future career prospects both locally and globally.
They assisted students to define their career goals and importance of taking responsibility for their own educational outcomes, skills development and career choices.
BRAC Business School, BRAC University organized a study tour to Sylhet for the students of “Brand Management” course on 2nd March, 2017. The two days of the tour were brilliantly led by one of the prominent faculty members, Ms. Rahma Akhter, along with Mr. Mostak Ahmed, Senior DCO of BRAC Business School. The excursion consisted of a total of 37 students who were accommodated in BRAC Learning Center (BLC), Sylhet.
Sylhet, profoundly known for its scenic beauty, has the most mesmerizing view during this season. Students were being taken to Jafflong, Khashia Polli and Lalakhal on the first day of this tour. The eye-gazing view of tea gardens in Khashia Polli and the amazing moments of boat riding at Lalakhal left some unforgettable memories for the students. On the second day students paid a visit to “SAFKO Spinning Mill”, a sister concern of Saiham Group Ltd. situated in Hobiganj. This experience helped the students attain a practical knowledge.
The sole purpose of organizing this tour was to create a linkage between bookish knowledge and real life experience and to enrich the students with the knowledge of destination branding, which will help them further in research work. Students were very happy to get such an opportunity. This visit provided an exposure towards a different and upcoming branch of branding, with the intention to motivate the students to be enthusiastic towards it.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with Canadian University Application Centre (CUAC) organized a Career session on 1st March 2017 (Wednesday) from 11:00am to 12.00pm in BRACU Indoor Games room UB03 9th floor, BRAC University.
Mr. Mel Broitman, Director International Outreach, Canadian University Application Centre (CUAC) and Mr. Rob McNutt, Senior Recruitment and Admissions Officer (Sobey School of Business) at Saint Mary’s University, Canada, were the speakers in the event. The topics covered in the session were opportunities offered to international students by Canada, a comparison between Canadian and other study-abroad destinations, discussion of study options within Canada, admission requirements, career pathways and focus towards necessary steps to take for applying to Canadian Universities in the upcoming year.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR coordinated the event.
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