The Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University continued conducting seminars every week on Thursdays with the students as the speakers. The aim of these seminars is to enable the students to acquire in-depth knowledge about their courses and also to improve their communication skills and confidence. Last month, the students talked about interesting topics like skin disease, migraine, manufacturing of tablet etc. The interactive sessions turned out to be very lively and an effective learning experience for the students.
BIGD in association with the General Economics Division (GED), Ministry of Planning organized a training on Implementation of National Plans and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Project Identification and Design, held on March 11, 2017 at BRAC CDM. The prime objective of the training program was to enhance the capacity of the government officials so that they can use the plan effectively to identify and design a project as the Government is very keen to render its long term plan and global commitments into a set of pragmatic interventions.
The broad objective of this programme was to enhance the knowledge-base of the policy makers about the conceptual and methodological approaches to realizing the SDGs and provide practical knowledge to participants to achieve the targets through project implementation. More specifically, it would provide the participants with a comprehensive knowledge about all project related documents used by the Government of Bangladesh such as relevant project management tools, rational for undertaking a project, problem analysis (problem tree), objective tree, and logical framework analysis, financial and social/environment impact assessment tools, deal with approval procedure and develop a revision mechanism along with a monitoring and evaluation system, and address challenges at the implementation stage of the project.
Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Research Fellow of BIGD chaired the event. Professor Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division (GED), Ministry of Planning attended the event as the Chief Guest. Mr. Fakrul Ahsan, Project Manager, Support to Sustainable and Inclusive Planning (SSIP) and Mr. Naquib bin Mahbub, Chief, GED & NPD, SSIP, attended the event as Special Guests.
BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) held its nineteenth Journal Club session on March 09, 2017, at the Writing Centre of BRAC University. Ms. Farrah Jabeen and Mr. Pankaj Paul, Lecturers at BIL, individually presented the article titled “Humanistic Education: Concerns, Implications and Applications” by Mohammad Khatib.
As the title suggests, the article is about the concerns, implications and applications of humanistic education. The presenters focused on the physical and psychological condition of learners in language classrooms. They further discussed the obstacles that learners may face in humanistic education and how to help those learners. According to the author, humanistic education goes beyond the cognitive development of the learners. The article encourages instructors to think about learners as a ‘whole person’ and to focus on their ‘self-actualization’ instead of providing only content-based education.
Most of the participants present in the sessions were enthusiastic to share their teaching experiences in relation to the topic. However, while discussing how humanistic education could be useful for language teachers and how it could be implemented, they showed their concern regarding the barriers of humanistic education. According to them, humanistic feedback could be provided, but humanistic education may become difficult to deliver.
Overall, the session was informative and collaborative as all the faculty members shared their opinions and knowledge with one another. The topic was deemed beneficial by the faculty members as they had the chance to consider how humanistic education may be delivered in class.
Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), BRAC University (BRACU) organized a day-long workshop on “Business Plan Development” on 9 March 2017 at the Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of BRACU. The program is funded by the sub-project titled “Establishing a Business Incubation Centre for Graduate Students” under the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) by the Government of Bangladesh.
The workshop aimed at providing necessary support for developing the business plans/ideas submitted by the BRACU students who intend to become successful entrepreneurs. The workshop is expected to aid them with entrepreneurial knowledge and skill of these aspiring entrepreneurs. As the Adviser of CED, Workshop on Business Plan Development presented the welcome speech. A total of 20 individuals participated in the workshop.
On 9th March 2017, Professional Development Centre (PDC) organized a workshop on Differentiation and Differentiated Instructions in the Classroom. Dr. Faheem Hasaan Shahed, Associate Professor and Head of Research, BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL) facilitated the workshop. The main purpose of this interactive workshop was to highlight the idea that a teacher should deal with his/her students differently in classrooms instead of following a common one-size-fits-all strategy. 25faculty members from departments like BBS, OSA, BIL, MNS, Counseling Unit, OSA, ARC and CSE attended this very engaging workshop.
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.
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.
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