Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU was invited to the Meeting of the Steering Committee and Academic Council of South Asian Foundation Learning Initiative (SAFLI) held in New Delhi from December 13-15, 2003.
The Annual Meeting, 2003 of the BU Governing Board was held at the BU Conference Room on December 10, 2003. Mr. F H Abed, President Governing Board, chaired the Meeting. The Meeting reviewed and approved the decisions of the 9th Academic Council Meeting, Audit Report FY 2002 and Annual Report 2002. The meeting also approved the Budget for FY 2004 and the Academic Board for the James P Grant School of Public Health, BU.
Mr. F H Abed, Chairperson BRAC and President BU Governing Board was the Special Guest at the national launch of UNICEF's "The State of the World's Children 2004" report held at the National Press Club on December 11, 2003. The report is UNICEF's flagship annual publication that analyzes the situation of children throughout the world and recommends a future course of action for improving their situation. The 2004 report highlights female education as one of the most critical issues facing the developing world, and urges renewed efforts in ensuring that all children have access to quality education.
Four delegates from Hong Kong and Tokyo to the ARCASIA 2003 Forum in Dhaka visited Department of Architecture, BU to talk to the students and faculty on December 10, 2003. The delegates were: Professor Patrick Lau, Head, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong; Mr. Joseph Kwan, Vice-President, Hong Kong Institute of Architects; Mr. Tony Tang, Chairman, Board of External Affairs, Hong Kong Institute of Architects; and Professor Nobuyaki Furuya, Department of Architecture, Waseda University, Tokyo. Professor Nobuaki Furuya is interested in visiting Dhaka again to coordinate a one-week design studio at the Department of Architecture, BU. Professor Patrick Lau has been developing the first architectural school in Macau. He expressed his keen interest in establishing a regular exchange of students and faculty between BU and Macau University.
The Department of Economics and Social Sciences (ESS) arranged a seminar in BU on the 'Political Economy of Indo-Bangladesh Transit Facilities' on December 9, 2003. Professor Rezai Karim Khondker, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) read out his paper and participated in a question and answer session.
Internationally renowned architect and artist Sumit Jumsai from Thailand gave a presentation on his works at BU on December 9, 2003. Chairperson, Architecture, faculty members and students of architecture department attended the lecture. The Program was organized by Angan, Department of Architecture, BU.
A tree plantation program under the auspices of National Heritage Forum, BU together with the assistance of BU Campus, TARC, Savar Management was carried out successfully amidst a lot of excitement on December 7, 2003. Each student of the Foundation Semester planted a flower sapling with great enthusiasm. The event started with a song by Mr. Salimullah, former Campus Superintendent, who invited all the students by singing the famous brotochaari song 'Cholo re bhai ropon kori gaachpala' a famous tree-planting song of the forties.
Mr. F H Abed, Chairperson, BRAC and President Governing Board, BU and Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU attended the first meeting of the Academic Board of James P Grant School of Public Health, BU on December 2, 2003. The meeting took place at Columbia University, New York. The meeting was chaired by Professor Allan Rosenfield, Dean, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and was also attended by Dr. Richard Cash, Harvard School of Public Health, USA, Dr. Anwar Islam, School of Public Health, Carleton University, Canada and Dr. David Sack, Director ICDDR, Bangladesh, Dr. Jon Rohde, Dr. Bert Hirschorn, Mr. Cole P Dodge, Former Country Director UNICEF Bangladesh, Mr. Ian Lapp, Columbia University, USA, Dr. Sadia Chowdhury, World Bank and Dr. M R Chowdhury, Visiting Professor at Columbia University.
Ms. Ameena Chowdhury has joined the Management & Business (MGB) Department, BU on December 1, 2003 as a Lecturer. She has completed her MBA in MIS from Ball State University, Indiana, USA. She was working in the Trade and Finance section at HSBC, Dhaka for three years prior to pursuing her Masters degree.
The Department of MGB organized a seminar on Global Challenges For The International System on November 18, 2003. Dr. Eberhard Rhein, Advisor to the European Policy Centre, Brussels, Belgium and former External Relations Director in the Directorate General of European Commission (EC) was the Speaker. Dr. Rhein touched upon the global issues of environment protection and economic development, and highlighted the importance of the roles and relationship of the nations in this regard. Mr. Saif Ahmed, Lecturer Department of MGB coordinated the activities of the seminar.
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) had invited a small, diverse group of senior Asian policy makers and experts to seek their perspectives on future strategic roles for IDRC as an institution and their thoughts on IDRC priorities for the region. VC, BU was invited to participate in the meeting held in Hanoi from November 10-12, 2003.
The Cultural Club and Heritage Forum, BU jointly organized a 'Kite Flying Day' on November 11, 2003 at the main playfield of the BU Campus at TARC, Savar. All students and many teachers, officials together with BU and TARC personnel participated in the event. Being the first event of its kind in BU the program attracted a large 'amused' audience and as well as a large number of participants.
AIESEC [BU] Local Chapter, with the assistance of the National Committee organized the Annual Parents' Meet 2003 at BU Campus on November 13, 2003. The agenda of the meeting included the dissemination of the objective, activities and future plans of AIESEC Bangladesh/LC. An Iftar party followed the meeting. Professor J R Choudhury, VC, BU attended the function as the Guest of Honor. Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Treasurer, BU was the Special Guest in the event.
Mr. F H Abed, Chairperson, BRAC and the President Governing Board, BU was in Paris, France to attend the tenth consultative group meeting of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) from November 06-07, 2003. The meeting provided a forum to discuss the implementation of the CGAP III strategy of scaling-up micro finance over the next five years. It also addressed key issues facing donor agencies in their support of micro finance, including a workshop on the link between financial systems for the poor and sector-wide approaches. The catchall theme of the meeting was described as "maximizing the potential of the CGAP System."
Dr. Shahdeen Malik, LLM (Moscow), LLM (Philadelphia), Ph.D (London) has joined as Director, School of Law, BU on November 2, 2003. Mr. K Shamsuddin Mahmood, LL.M (UK) has also joined as the Head of the Undergraduate Program, School of Law, BU on the same day.
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