From January 22, 2017 to January 24, 2017, the BRAC University Pharma Society (BUPS) jointly organized a Club Fair, Spring 2017 with the other clubs of BRAC University. It was organized at the auditorium of main building of BRAC University campus. On this occasion, the BUPS set up a stall at the auditorium to represent both the Department of Pharmacy and BUPS club activity. The BUPS members also made a sign up arrangement for the recruitment of new members of BUPS for the students of Department of pharmacy. An on-going video was arranged to reflect the previous history and activities of BUPS club. The BUPS members also distributed BUPS badges to the fresher.
From 16th to 24th January 2017, two students, Omar Shahjalal Shantonu (13321034) and Fairooz Zafar (13110033), from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of BRAC University participated in the JENESYS 2016 program in Japan. During this 9-day long program, the 15 students selected from Bangladesh as the Youth Ambassadors had the opportunity to visit two public universities: University of Utsunomiya and The University of Electro-Communications where they had first participated in a keynote speech that described about the on-going cutting edge researches in Japan and was followed by tours to their research laboratories to observe and to experience: Prosthetic arms, Biomedical Health Monitor (an ongoing project in collaboration with Samsung), Quad Copters and Futuristic Touch Sensitive Television Screens.
The following day the students were invited to the Tochigi Prefectural Government’s headquarter where they were greeted by a speech from the Director of the Tochigi Prefecture. In response to his speech, Omar Shahjalal Shantonu (BRACU), on behalf of the countries Bangladesh, Bhutan and India, delivered a reply speech and later concluded the program by initiating the exchange of token of appreciation between Ms. Tushita Chakma, Assistant Secretary- Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bangladesh and Mr. Norio Suga, Director of International Revision- Tochigi Prefectural Government.
In the weekend, a visit to the KDDI OYAMA Data Center, Japan’s giant telecommunication operator, was arranged. Here, the students had the privilege to observe their Server room, Power station, Switching station and Disaster management schemes. Later in the evening, a visit to the NTT History Center of Technologies was also arranged where they had initially watched a documentary and then toured the facility that walked them through the technological advancement that Japan has achieved over the last 100 years.
On the final day of the program, a presentation session was held where ambassadors and representatives of the 7 SAARC nations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka from their respective embassies in Japan were invited. Omar Shahjalal Shantonu (BRACU) was selected to represent Bangladesh and commence the presentation session along with his co-presenter Lhakpa Wangmo Thingh from Bhutan. Their presentation was highly acknowledged and appreciated by the ambassadors and the student members of the other SAARC countries.
After the presentation session, Mr. Sachiko Yamano, President Japan International Cooperation Center, awarded both Omar Shahjalal Shantonu and Fairooz Zafar with certificates in recognition to their participation in the JENESYS 2016 program.
On January 22, 2017, the BRAC University stepped in to the celebration of Club Fair. In this event, all the clubs of BRACU aim to collaborate and be united to welcome the newly admitted students and showcase their uniqueness through displaying their achievements and activities.
This semester the event is being organised by BRAC University Adventure Club on the theme “Hike to the Peak”. At the inauguration programme, comedian and columnist Naveed Mahbub and other distinguished guests from BRACU including Professor Iftekhar Ghani Chowdhury, Dean, BRAC Business School, Dr. Ansar Ahmed, Director, Institutional Effectiveness, Mr. Monojit Kumar Ojha, Head of Accounts, Mr. Ivan Shafaat Bari, Director, Office of Co-curricular Activities were present. Over a thousand highly spirited students came to visit and choose the clubs of their interest. This 3-day long event included cultural performances, movie screenings, food fests and more encouraging activities. As a part of the closing day, a food festival was organised by Event Factory, in association with BRAC University Adventure Club, which brought several renowned restaurants as stall participants.
The James P Grant School of Public Health heartily congratulates the students from our 12th batch of the Master of Public Health programme. The graduation ceremony was held on 24 January 2017 at the Sasakawa Auditorium, icddr,b. Students with outstanding performance received awards:
Allan Rosenfeld Award for Best Academic Performance - Rajat Das Gupta
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Award for Leadership - Rajat Das Gupta
W.B. Greenough III Award for Best Individual High Level Outline - Kusum Wagle and Ahmed Muttasim Billah
Richard Cash Award for best Summative Learning Project Group Poster -
Mohamed Salieu Jalloh
Phyoe Yar Zar
Rajat Das Gupta
Our outstanding faculty and terachingwere also honoured:
Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Teaching Excellence Award - Dr. Stephen P Luby and Professor Tahmeed Ahmed
Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Teaching Fellow Award - Mehedi Hasan
The ceremony was attended by notable practitioners in the field of public health, including Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid (Dean, JPGSPH); Professor Tahmeed Ahmed (Senior Director, Nutrition and Clinical Services Division, icddr,b & Professor, JPGSPH) represented Professor John D Clemens (Executive Director, icddr,b) as Special Guest; Chief Guest Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb (Vice Chancellor, BRAC University); Keynote Speaker Dr Richard Cash (Director, Programme on Ethical Issues in International Research, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University and Professor, JPGSPH). The event was chaired by Dr Ahmed Raza Mushtaque Chowdhury (Vice-Chairperson, BRAC & Advisor, JPGSPH).
Architectural Design Cell, Department of Architecture, BRAC University and GHORAMI.JON in collaboration with BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, has taken the initiative to rethink the design strategies of a series of ‘Play Centers' for the vulnerable children of Bangladesh.
The purpose of this project is build spaces that bridge the existing gap in local knowledge on how to build low cost environmentally justified, child friendly spaces that help support a healthier environment for children. The project aims to reach out to the surrounding community with this design and help improve their living environment.
The design focused on the following aspects:
- Child friendly and safe learning environment
- Low cost implementations that improve the living space environmentally
- Easy maintenance
- Flexible designs that accommodate the interests of the various stakeholders involved durability
Khondaker Hasibul Kabir, Shams Mansoor Ghani, Amir Ebn Sharif, Fuad Abdul Quaium, Farasha Zaman, Subhi Nusrat Shama, Adeeba Ahsan Amina, Tanzina Binte Harun, Tahseen Reza Anika, Maisha Marzan Momo, Eudgir Armaan Khan, Mahfujur Rahman
Partners for the “Breaking the Shame” project visited the Dhaka team from 21-23 January 2017. Representatives from Radboud University, Dr. Els Rommes and Dr. A Roodsaz met with the project’s researchers to discuss the mid-term workshop (to be held in April 2017) and tools development and selection for the project. The team conducted a workshop with 14 youths at the Unite for Bodily Rights Secretariat on 22 January, with the aim of which was for the participants to gain a better understanding about their unmet needs and concerns in terms of sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as getting their suggestion about tools to communicate those topics better.
The project also held an advisory committee meeting on 23 January to discuss the next steps for the project, including research outcomes, tools development and cultivating an effective advocacy strategy, which will be extrapolated at the mid-term workshop held in April 2017. This was attended by the committee members, including Rasheda K Chowdhury (Executive Director, CAMPE), Dr. Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury (Vice chair, BRAC; Advisor to JPGSPH), Farida Begum (Project Coordinator, Bandhu Social Welfare Society), Dr Erum Mariam (Director, BRAC Institute of Educational Development), Quazi Suraiya Sultana (Executive Director, RHSTEP), Rokeya Kabir (Executive Director, BNPS) as well as the research team and its partners.
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Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Lecturer, C3ER, BRAC University attended the Project launching event of the collaborative project titled 'Policy Review, Institutional Mapping and Action Plan on Climate Change and Children' on 22 January2017. The workshop was organized by the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) in collaboration with UNICEF.
The primary objective of the workshop was to launch the UNICEF Bangladesh Country Report on 'Learning to Live in a Changing Climate: the Impact of Climate Change on Children in Bangladesh'. Moreover, the research team also shared the study findings as well as the recommendations which may help the responsible authority to mainstream the policy gaps into the national planning trajectory.
Anger is a completely normal, healthy, human emotion. When it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems in personal relationships as well as in the overall quality of life.
Therefore, to make the awareness about the concepts of anger, two sessions of the workshop on “Healthy ways to deal with Anger” were held on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 07pm-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. Kazi Rumana Haque and Mr. Saifur Rahman facilitated two sessions.
The workshop covered topics like the meaning of anger, healthy, unhealthy aspects of anger, cues and myths of anger as well as some effective techniques to manage anger in constructive ways in several situations in life. During the session various methods such as individual, group activities, imagination exercise, think-pair-share were used to make the session interactive and participatory. At the end of the session, an imagery relaxation was conducted with the students to help them learn about how they can manage their anger through imagery relaxation. Students who participated in the workshop shared a great deal of contentment from the workshops.
IEEE BRAC University Student Branch organized Talk on Bio Inspired Nano Photonics on the 22nd of January 2017, Sunday. The event took place at the GDLN Centre at BRAC University from 3 30 pm till 5 00 pm. The speaker, Dr. Siddique is working as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Medical Engineering at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA since April 2016. He received his PhD (summa cum laude) in 2016 from Helmholtz Institute of Microstructure Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany in the field of bio inspired Nano photonics. In France. In 2009, he graduated from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) with a B.Sc. in EEE and served as a lecturer in the department of EEE in BRAC University for a year till 2010. His field of research interest concentrates on understanding the underlying physics at Nano scale of fascinating biologically evolved optical structures, developing affordable nanofabrication techniques to implement them, and incorporating the discoveries into device-level biomimetic engineering solutions for opto electronics and medical applications. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Mosaddeq, Professor of the Department of EEE, BRAC University and faculty members of the department joined the session with enthusiasm. An overwhelming response was received by the students and a turnout of 70 was witnessed. Dr. Radwanul Siddiqui made acute interpretations of biological Nano photonic surfaces from an engineer’s perspective that lead to the derivation of new bio-inspired construction principles. Taking butterflies as ’blueprints’, this talk covered few examples of novel physical principles underlying the structural coloration, and further discussion regarding possible fabrication solutions for diverse optical applications also took place. The attendee’s thoroughly enjoyed his lecture and were extremely inspired with working in this field. The Question and Answer session had a warm welcome from everyone, especially the faculties who saw a lot of potential to invest their potential and time under this research field. Towards the end, Dr. Siddiqui was presented with a crest for sharing his expertise with the university and its members, which was followed by a session of photography and distribution of refreshments to all. Overall, the event was a great success!
BIGD researchers and officials, along Brussels based 'Cities Alliance' Asia Regional Adviser, Dr. Ajay Suri met the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC), Mr. Enamul Habib on January 22, 2017 at his office. The visiting team briefed the CEO about the 18-month long global joint work programme on “Equitable Economic Growth in Cities”. Within the auspice of this programme two studies will be conducted and evidence-based policy briefs will be produced. These knowledge products will be shared with city level partnership forum comprising with relevant stakeholders and endorsed by the City Corporation. The CEO agreed to join this global campaign and nominated two SCC’s officials – Md. Ruhul Alam, Executive Engineer (Electrical) and Mr. Joydeb Biswas, Assistant Engineer of SCC as focal point. BIGD’s Research Fellow Dr. Md. Shanawez Hossain, Senior Manager (Communications) Mr. Ekram Hossain, Senior Research Associate Mr. Mohammad Sirajul Islam, and Research Associate Mr. Raihan Ahamed, were present at the meeting.
Before, Dr. Salina Hyat Ivi, Mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) expressed her willingness to join this programme. BIGD will facilitate partnership and conduct city diagnostics to support this programme in two secondary cities in Bangladesh i.e. NCC and SCC. The joint work programme on “Equitable Economic Growth in Cities'” is being globally implemented by Brussels based Cities Alliance, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
"In democracy trust of people in government is very crucial. When any government does not enjoy the trust of the people, democracy deteriorates," said Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser Professor Dr. Gowher Rizvi. People become cynical if they cannot trust the government, when quality of service declines, people loses confidence and legitimacy of the government erodes, he added as the Chief Guest of a regional conference on Government Performance Management System (GPMS) held on 22 January 2017 at a city hotel.
Dr. Rizvi claimed that in any criteria performance of the Bangladesh government has improved. He said governance is not about the economic performance but the quality of life, freedom and cultural activities. He added that the government links with citizens was established through service delivery and "if service delivery is good, government achieves the trust of people (and on the other hand) when the quality of service declines, people lose their confidence in government".
The regional conference was organized with an aim to learn from each other and share best practices jointly by the cabinet division of the government and BIGD with support of the World Bank.
Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Coordinator, Sustainable Development Goals and Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Principal Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office addressed the event as Special Guests. Mr. Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Cabinet Secretary, chaired the conference.
Mr. Ravindra Devagunam, Director, PMANDU, Malaysia; Dr. Prajapati Trivedi, Former Secretary, Performance Management Division, India; Mr. Chencho, Head of Government Performance Management Division (GPMD), Prime Minister’s office of Bhutan and Mr. N M Zeaul Alam, Secretary, (Coordination and Reforms) Cabinet Division of Bangladesh made presentations on their country's perspective at the conference.
Senior public servants of the country, representatives from India, Malaysia and Bhutan, and mainstream media took part in the daylong conference aimed to share experiences on public service delivery.
The main goal of this conference is to convene government officials, practitioners, and leading scholars to take stock and collectively envision current and future innovations in public sector performance management, leadership, and governance. Against the backdrop of GPMS implementation in Bangladesh, the conference will seek to foster peer learning and exchange of experiences among practitioners of performance management between South Asia Region (SAR) countries on performance management as the most adequate tool for policy dialogue and emulation, given the regional political economy.
BRAC University Residential Semester has taken an initiative to conduct a session titled ‘Inner Voice Forum’ (IVF), which took place on January 21, 2017, with support of Professor Dr. Md. Golam Samdani Fakir, Vice Chancellor of Green University of Bangladesh.
Inner voice is known as internal monologue, internal speech and also internal stream of consciousness. It refers to the internal dialogue that we have with ourselves at a conscious or semi-conscious level. We can generate our inner voice messages from a variety of sources including our souls, our higher selves, our spirits, and inspiration from others.
The purpose of this forum is to encourage students of the residential semester of BRACU to develop their unexplored horizon of personal inner voices for ensuring self development. The forum hopes to inspire, motivate and help students to recognize their individual areas of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges to become academically competent, value driven and responsive citizens of the country.
Mr. Rehan Ahmed, Campus Superintendent of Residential Campus, introduced the guests and discussed about IVF briefly. Ms. Farrah Jabeen, faculty member of BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), and all the faculty members of DEV and HUM, including Administration and Management members, were present during the session.
On January 19, 2017, a discussion with the representatives of Deakin University, Australia was organized by the Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University at the Vice Chancellor’s Conference Room. The session was organized to discuss about student exchange, credit transfer, research collaboration with the Deakin University. The delegates who came from Deakin University were Ahmed Shahriar Ferdous, Director of International & Senior Lecturer in Marketing Department of Marketing, Faculty of Business & Law, Professor Aman Than Oo, Deputy Head and Associate Head (T&L), Head, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, School of Engineering. The discussion session covered a brief presentation introducing the university, its mission, academic programs, and student/faculty exchange programs. Additionally, other topics that were discussed in the session were Australia as a destination for higher education, attributes of Deakin University, key offerings of the university etc.
Honorable Mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC), Dr. Selina Hayat Ivy has agreed to join the global Joint Work Programme on Promoting Equitable Economic Growth in Cities campaign and nominated two NCC’s officials – K M Faridul Miraj, Slum Development Officer as focal point and Md. Monirul Islam,Town Planner of NCC as Co focal point.
BIGD researchers and officials, along Brussels based 'Cities Alliance' Asia Regional Adviser; Dr. Ajay Suri met Dr. Ivy on January 19, 2017 at his office. The visiting team briefed the Mayor about the 18-month long global joint work programme on “Equitable Economic Growth in Cities'”. Within the auspice of this programme two studies will be conducted and evidence-based policy briefs will be produced. These knowledge products will be shared with city level partnership forum comprising with relevant stakeholders and endorsed by the City Corporation. BIGD’s Research Fellow Dr. Md. Shanawez Hossain, Senior Manager (Communications) Mr. Ekram Hossain, Senior Research Associate Mr. Mohammad Sirajul Islam, and Research Associate Mr. Mahan Ul Hoque, were present at the meeting.
BIGD will facilitate partnership and conduct city diagnostics to support this programme in two secondary cities in Bangladesh i.e. NCC and SCC. The joint work programme on “Equitable Economic Growth in Cities'” is being globally implemented by Brussels based Cities Alliance, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
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