The Managing Director of Transcom Food Limited and freedom fighter- Mr. Akku Chowdhury took a master class at BRAC University upon invitation from BRAC Business School. He addressed the students of the course International Business on issues of globalization, conflict of interest and ethics in workplace.
He started of the session on his take on the 1971 liberation war as the root that made us a part of the global village. The increased westernized pattern of lifestyle has inflicted many a different consumer society which has created the much needed global entrepreneurial ventures. He has urged the students to understand the utmost necessity of realization of self-worth and self-value. Just like KFC and Pizza Hut has to strive on brand value and customer retention plan, so does any individual who wishes to make a mark in the society they live in. Be it in business or employment, the students must consider customers as their boss- people who are parting with their money to buy products and services should be given the preferences to chose. He also answered students query on company franchise policy, customer services, business opportunities, impact of social media and upcoming budget and it’s potential impact on the fast-food industry.
Ms. Bonna Mirza, Head of Marketing for Bangla Tribune was also present at the event. Ms Mahreen Mamoon, Assistant Professor, BRAC Business School organized the session as a part of knowledge sharing and industry connection for her students and also to encourage the students to be a better citizen for the community in bridging academic skills with collaborative professionalism.
BIGD’s ED Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman had several meetings in May 2017 with a number of distinguished personalities such as prominent academics, policy makers and researchers regarding the research collaborations and other relevant issues of BIGD.
Dr. Rahman had meetings with Dr. Muhiuddin Alamgir, consultant of Asian Development Bank (ADB); Dr. Fouzul Kabir, Managing Director, Keystone Consultant Ltd; Mr. Faruqe Hossain, Director General, Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), Ministry of Planning; Ms. Paula Steele, Global Public Sector Manager- Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS); Dr. Ahmad Ahsan, Senior Economist, World Bank; Ms. Sunhwa Lee, ADB’s Principal Social Development Specialist; Bruno Carrasco, Director, Finance and Governance, South Asia Department, ADB, Manila; Mr. Peter D’Souza and Dr. Stuart Davies, Senior Economic Adviser of Department for International Development (DFID) Bangladesh. He also attended several Skype meeting throughout the month.
New Faces at BRAC University
Dr. Adnan Morshed joined as Professor and Chairperson at the department of Architecture (ARC) in May 2017. Dr. Morshed achieved his PhD in History, Theory and Criticism Section from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), UK. Earlier he completed his SMArchS from the same university. He did his Bachelor in Architecture from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He completed his post-doctoral from the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to join BRACU, Dr. Morshed taught at the School of Architecture and Planning, the Catholic University of America as an Associate Professor. He served as a jury of the National Endowment for the Humanities grants on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians and also chaired the Society of Architectural Historians’ committee for 2015 Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award.
Professor ATM Nurul Amin, PhD joined as Professor and Chairperson at the department of Economics and Social Sciences (ESS) in May 2017. Professor Amin did his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Dhaka. Later on he did another M.A. and a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Prior to joining BRAC University he acted as the Director of Graduate Studies & Research at North South University. He also served as the Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Environmental Science and Management of the same university. In his career of about 21 years at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Professor Amin held several positions in different capacity.
Mr. Jubairul Islam Shaown joined as Lecturer at BRAC Business School in May 2017. Mr. Shaown completed his B.B.A. and M.B.A. in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka.
Ms. Tasmia Hasin joined as Lecturer at BRAC Institute of Languages in May 2017. Ms. Hasin completed her B.A. in English Linguistics from East West University and M.A. in TESOL from North South University.
Ms. Tarannum Fatema Chowdhury also joined as Lecturer at BRAC Institute of Languages in May 2017. Ms. Chowdhury completed her B.A. in English Linguistics from American International University – Bangladesh (AIUB) and M.A. in TESOL from North South University.
Mr. Rajon Das Jony joined as Psychosocial Counselor at Counseling Unit in May 2017. Mr. Jony completed his B.Sc. in Psychology from Jagannath University and M.Sc. in Educational Psychology from the University of Dhaka.
Ms. Syeda Tanzila Huq joined as Psychosocial Counselor at Counseling Unit in May 2017. Ms. Huq completed her B.Sc. in Psychology and M.Sc. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Dhaka.
Ms. Ayesha Seddiqa joined as Psychosocial Counselor at Counseling Unit in May 2017. Ms. Seddika completed her B.Sc. in Psychology and M.Sc. in Educational Psychology from the University of Dhaka.
Ms. Anika Saba joined as Lecturer at the Department of English and Humanities (ENH) in May 2017. Ms. Saba completed her B.A. in English and M.A. in English Literature from the University of Dhaka. She did another M.A. in English Studies from Queen Mary University of London.
Ms. Lubaba Sanjana joined as Lecturer at the Department of English and Humanities (ENH) in May 2017. Ms. Sanjana completed her B.A. and M.A. in English from BRAC University.
Ms. Ibrat Sharif joined as Lecturer at the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS) in May 2017. Ms. Sharif completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Dhaka. She did another M.Sc. in Population Sciences from the University of Dhaka.
Mr. Khandaker Md. Eusha-Bin-Hafiz joined as Lecturer at the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS) in May 2017. Mr. Hafiz completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mathematics from Jahangirnagar University.
Ms. Shamima Nasrin joined as Lecturer at the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS) in May 2017. Ms. Nasrin completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mathematics from Jahangirnagar University.
Mr. Md. Mehedi hasan joined as Lecturer at the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS) in May 2017. Mr. Hafiz completed his B.Sc. in Physics and M.Sc. in Plasma Physics from Jahangirnagar University.
Mr. Md. Monirul Islam joined as Lecturer at the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS) in May 2017. Mr. Islam completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Applied Physics and Electronic Engineering from the University of Rajshahi.
Management and Admin
Ms. Shimu Akter joined as Lab officer in the Department of Pharmacy in May 2017. Ms. Akter completed her B.Pharm from BRAC University and M.Pharm from East West University.
Left from BRAC University
The following members were separated from BRAC University in May 2017:
Ms. Hafsa Moontari Ali, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Ms. Anika Tasnim, Officer, OCSAR, Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations (OCSAR)
Faculty on Study Leave
Mr. Mohammad Noman Hossain Chowdhury, Senior Lecturer, BRAC Business School (BBS), went on study leave for commencing his Ph.D Program in Higher Degree by Research from the University of Newcastle, Australia in May 2017.
Mr. Abu Raihan Mohammad Siddique, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), went on study leave for pursuing his Ph.D in Engineering System and Computing (Research-Energy) from the University of Guelph, Canada in May 2017.
Mr. Md. Shajjad Hossain, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture (ARC), went on study leave in May 2017 for pursuing his Ph.D in Programa de Doutoramento is Historia da Arte from the University of Evora, Portugal.
Ms. Zara Sheikh, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy (PHR) went on study leave in May 2017. Ms. Sheikh will be doing her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, Australia.
As a part of BRAC University’s commitment to academic standards and student success, the office of Student Affairs (OSA) runs a comprehensive Probation Advising and Student Support (PASS) program to provide both departmental and general academic support service to improve the retention of probation and at-risk students at BRAC University.
After analyzing the probation students’ result of Spring 2017 semester it has been found that after attending PASS program (i.e. individual advising, group advising, tutorial sessions and PASS workshops) 56.67% last chance probation students successfully overcame academic probation. Moreover in case of the first time probation students, 60.31% survived from being into academic probation for two consecutive semesters.
In May 2017, probation advisers from OSA collected the probation students list of Summer 2017 from Ms. Nazmus Sabeka from the office of registrar. The list was categorized according to first time probation and last chance probation. Total 115 students are in first time academic probation and 34 students got approval for last chance to continue in Summer 2017 semester. 149 probation students (both first time and last chance) reported to the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and filled up PASS contract form for unblocking their student ID. These students were instructed to attend individual advising sessions with their probation advisers at OSA and tutorials for MAT110, PHY111, MAT120, CSE110, BUS101 and ECO101.
Moreover, an email was sent to the department probation advisers with instruction, list of probation students and tutorial schedule of Summer 2017 semester. They were requested to conduct individual and/or group advising session with the probation students from their respective departments and were also requested to refer the probation students to OSA for further assistance.
Five faculty members namely Ms. Ibrat Sharif, Ms. Shamima nasrin, Mr. Md. Mehedi Hasan, Mr. Khandaker Md. Eusha-Bin-Hafiz and Mr. Md. Monirul Islam joined the department as lecturer on 11 May 2017. Ms. Ummul Khayer Fatema, TA of mathematics left BRACU and Ms. Nayema Yasin has been recruited for the same post.
Md. Shams Ud Duha, Lecturer at BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), inaugurated an international rapid chess tournament on May 10, 2017, as a special guest. Mr. Duha emphasized on the importance of chess to understand life and learn effective strategies to gain success.
Around 70 chess players, including FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs) Masters and Candidate Masters, participated in the tournament.
Architect Farasha Zaman, Lecturer, Department of Architecture, was invited along with Architect Fuad Quaium, from Ghorami.Jon to give a presentation on their research through design, 'Exploring Climate Conscious and Cost Effective solutions for Child Friendly Play Centers in Bangladesh' and the 'Importance of Outdoor Play Spaces for Children,' at the Play Center Curriculum Workshop organized by BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BIED) on 10 May 2017 at BRAC Center, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka. The workshop involved distinguished representatives of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, BRAC and BRAC International, BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BIED), Porticus Asia Limited, the LEGO Foundation as well as experts on early childhood development and curriculum.
The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) continued with tutorial support program in MAT 110, MAT 120, PHY 111, CSE 110 and BUS 101 courses for Summer 2017 semester. Four student tutors along with two faculty members from OSA conducted these tutorial sessions. During the tutorial sessions faculty members and student tutors gave individual attention to students’ specific needs and students had the opportunity to engage with the course materials more directly. In May 2017, total 954 students (one student came multiple times) attended in 85 tutorial sessions in the above mentioned courses.
2 Separate meetings were held with the FYAT student peer mentors to update them regarding the information and referrals they need to disseminate among the fresher and probation students from their respective individual FYAT group. Total 50 student mentors from Spring 2017 semester and 27 student mentors from Summer 2017 semester attended these meetings and shared their thoughts and experience on mentoring the fresher students at BRAC University. It has been explicitly mentioned that the FYAT aims to reduce the number of probation students to 0 percent and mentors agreed to work to achieve this target in this current semester.
BRAC University Computer Club General Body Meeting (GBM) have long held the tradition of providing a platform for all of the different members from various departments of BUCC to collaborate and share their ideas on how to improve the club.The GBM held on the 8th of June, 2017 at the BRAC University Auditorium was no exception. However, this particular GBM was extra special for everyone as the Annual BUCC Iftar took place right after the GBM had concluded.
The GBM began at 6:20 pm, right after the end of the workshop on CV writing and PR Bulletin which was conducted by Annajiat Alim Rasel. Not to mention, the presence of highly esteemed BRAC University lecturers of CSE department, Annajiat Alim Rasel and Md. Shamsul Kaonain made the evening even more delightful.
The floor was then taken by the director of Event Management, Humayun Kabir who asked Annajiat Alim Rasel and Md. Shamsul Kaonain to come to the stage. They honored the hard working and dedicated members of BUCC with a certificate of appreciation, recognizing their contribution to the BUCC family.
Md. Shamsul Kaonain, Hasin Raihan Amin and former vice president of BUCC, Asif Bin Khaled took the floor next and appreciated the devotion of long standing members of BUCC by announcing their promotions within the ranks of the club. They were admired for the time and effort which they selflessly gave to the club in order to help it grow and prosper. This was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise for everyone as promotions are usually not announced in such manner.
Most notable promotions of the evening included Sakib Rahman (promoted to Vice President), Md. Ali Shaown (promoted to director of HR), Humayun Kabir (promoted to director of Event Management), Amitabha Dey (promoted to director of Marketing), Mahmudul Hasan and Monamy Islam (promoted to director of Press Release), Fazle Rabbi Riyon (promoted to director of finance) alongside Parisa Tabassum, Raihanoor Rayon, Mitashree Halder, Abdullah Al Reza, Leonard Michael, Wasik A.Khan and Sakib Ahmed Sumdany who were all promoted to the position of Assistant Director of their respective departments.
The relatively new members of the club who proved themselves to be a valuable part of the community were promoted to senior executives of their respective departments.
In the meantime, when the announcements were done, it was almost time for Iftar. The students and respected faculty members were asked to sit in rows as the volunteers of the event distributed the meals of Iftar alongside bottles of mineral water. Munajat was offered prior to the Iftar and at 6:45 pm, the Iftar began with the Maghrib Adhan.
The month of Ramadan is largely considered to be the month of togetherness and forgiveness. Needless to say, this BUCC GBM did a fantastic job of sharing the blessings of Ramadan by bringing the whole BUCC family together under one roof and spreading the love of this holy month. The GBM finally concluded with an amazing group photo that is to serve as a memory of yet another successful BUCC event.
Special thanks are to be given to Jamius Siam, Ahmed Bin Sabit, Mushfiqur Rahman Sarot, Muyeed Shahriar, Mustaqim Khan, Jahanara Akter, Al Junayed Islam Brohi and Touhidul Islam Chayan for their selfless contribution in making the event a success. Wasik Ahmed, Fatema Islam Meem, Abdullah Al Reza, Anita Islam Shrabonti, Annur Majid Sabin, Leonard Michael and Sadman Amin are appreciated for working as the photographers of the event and capturing all of the special moments of the evening.
The pre midterm individual advising, an important part of first year advising team program was started and continued in May 2017. Approximately 59% (347 out of 588 students) fresher students have completed individual advising with their respective FYAT advisers. The result of Spring 2017 fresher has been analyzed and it was found that out of total 1258 FYAT students, 1119 students result has been published. 887 students have passed the first semester with CGPA 2.0 and above. The rest from Spring 2017, who are in academic probation, have been sent to their respective FYAT advisers.
BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BRAC on May 8, 2017, which ensures BIL to implement all strategic and operational plans of Kumon Learning Centre in Bangladesh on behalf of BRAC and Kumon International Education Co. Ltd. (KIE), Japan.
BIL is currently working with Kumon in partnership with BRAC to establish the first Kumon centres in Dhaka to offer its programmes for students from all tiers of the society.
The signing ceremony took place at the Executive Conference Room of BRAC Centre. Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of BIL, signed the MoU on behalf of BRAC university. Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director of BRAC, signed the MoU on behalf of BRAC. Mr. Nehal Bin Hasan, Project in Charge of Kumon Bangladesh, and Mr. Aneek Shibgat Bhuiyan, Manager of HR & Admin, Kumon Bangladesh, were also present during the ceremony.
Probal Saha, Water Resources Management Specialist, C3ER, BRAC University participated at a Focused Group Discussion on ‘Bridging Gender Gaps in Private Sector Development’ organized by Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) on 8 May 2017 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. BUILD is a public-private dialogue platform in cooperation with IFC-WBG. The dialogue was aimed at helping stakeholders understand economic opportunities and spur competitiveness for women in businesses, specifically in productive sectors, through the participation of women in active public- private and private-private dialogue processes, said a press release. It also underlined women’s access to incentives, such as facilities related to access to finance, access to imported inputs and services, and access to information and market linkages.
Welcoming the discussants and the audience, Asif Ibrahim, Adviser to BUILD shared some of the endeavors of BUILD and World Bank Group’s global expertise and best practice in this area. Investing in women’s economic participation not only has a profound development impact, but it also makes good business sense for companies and economies, he added.
On the day of the Award Ceremony for “The First Ever ChemBio HACKATHON in Bangladesh”, the participants gave poster presentations in front of the distinguished guests. They were asked to present their HACKATHON activities through posters. The winner for the best poster was announced on May 7, 2017 at the Bistro Central. The winning team included Tanisha Tabassum Sayka Khan, Md. Arafat Khan, Md. Sohanur Rahman, Labiba Mahmud and Amrita Talukder Mohini.
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