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Tag: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: August 10th, 2017

Professor Gihan Dias, Director of International Relations, University of Moratuwa, a Premier Technical University, Sri Lanka met with a team of BRAC University lead by Professor Ansar Ahmed, Ph.D., Pro-Vice Chancellor at GDLN center on 9th August, 2017. Other team members were Professor Dr. Md. Abdul Mottalib, Chairperson CSE, Dr. Khalilur Rhaman, Associate Professor, CSE and Dr. Jia Uddin, Assistant Professor, CSE. The meeting was started with a presentation about the University of Moratuwa by Professor Gihan and then discussed the possible ways to do collaboration between UoM and BRACU in future days. After fruitful discussion it was decided that a high performance team of BRACU will visit to UoM, Sri Lanka shortly to meet with high officials of UoM and observe the academic environments of UoM for possible collaboration.

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 9th, 2017

 

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Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 9th, 2017


Dear BRACU Students:

I would like to begin by wishing you good luck on your summer term examinations. As you know, several issues have come to light over the past few days, and I wanted to take a moment to address you all.

First, I'd like to reiterate that BRAC University is fully committed to preparing you for the future and helping you develop into strong leaders and agents of change across Bangladesh and globally. You have expressed opinions on various issues (e.g. grading practices, need for senior teachers, quality of teaching, campus safety, need to channel student voice, etc.). I will address them expeditiously and keep you informed.

Second, the way you shared your opinions over the past few days was generally peaceful. I commend you for having shown restraint and respect for others, as well as for private and public property. As you know, I asked an independent committee (that includes a student representative and a member of the Alumni Association) to investigate two issues. Additional issues brought to our attention are also being investigated by a separate committee. We now ask for your patience, as we allow the process to work –expeditiously but with thoroughness.

Third, even after the specific situation at hand is resolved, I would like to continue to hear directly from you about what is working well at BRAC University and what you feel are our major areas for improvement. Providing you all with a positive learning environment is our highest priority, and I would like to keep productive channels of communication open among students, faculty, and the administration. In the spirit of open dialogue, I encourage you to share your views with your professors or Department Chairs, as appropriate. Here are a few additional ways for you to provide feedback:

  • BRACUvoice[at]gmail[dot]com: We have set up this new account to collect and review all concerns/suggestions submitted by students.
  • Staff Engagement: I will appoint a dedicated staff member (to be announced) to meet with you to exchange views. I would also like to meet with small groupsat appointed times to discuss various ideas and/or concerns.


Finally, know that each of you contributes to making BRAC University what it is today. I am proud of what we have accomplished together over the past few years (such as Onnesha and many other significant achievements of the student body). This has been a learning opportunity that I intend to use to forge ahead with changes to further strengthen BRACU. I hope to continue along our journey to take this institution to the next level, espousing BRACU values and pride.

 

Syed S. Andaleeb, Ph.D
Vice Chancellor

 

Tag: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: August 9th, 2017

To evaluate the IQAC report generated by Department of Computer Science & Engineering, an external peer review team visited BRAC University from August 6 to August 8, 2017. The peer review team members were Professor Gihan Dias, Professor, Department of CSE, University of Moratuwa, Srilanka, (HEQEP enlisted foreign expert), Professor Dr. K.M. Abdus Sobahan, Department of Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering & Additional Director, IQAC, Islamic University, Kushtia (HEQEP enlisted local QA expert), and Professor Asaduzzaman, PhD, Department of CSE, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology Chittagong  (CUET) (HEQEP enlisted local QA expert and served as a subjective expert). During the visit, the team met with Professor Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ansar Ahmed, Ph.D., Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University, Director of IQAC, Head of RMO along with several teams like SAC team of CSE department, representatives of HRD, PDC (Professional Development Center), Library, Finance, OCSAR, Alumni, Employers, existing students, and faculty members of CSE; and physically observed the facilities of CSE department. At the end of the visit, they submitted their short exit report to Professor Dr. Md. Tafazzal Hussain, Director of IQAC. The SAC team members of CSE are Dr. Farhat M. Iftekharuddin, Dr. Jia Uddin and Mr. Hossain Arif. The self-assessment process is running under Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project funded by UGC, Bangladesh and World Bank.

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 8th, 2017


ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের ঐতিহ্য ও সাফল্য গুলোকে অব্যাহত রাখা ও সামনে এগিয়ে যাওয়ার প্রয়াসে নেয়া পদক্ষেপগুলোতে আশা করা যাচ্ছে যে বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় তার স্বাভাবিক কার্যক্রমে ফেরত আসবে এবং আগামীকাল বুধবার থেকে শুরু হতে যাওয়া সেমেস্টার ফাইনাল পরীক্ষা যথারীতি শুরু হবে। উল্লেখ্য যে, সম্প্রতি ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে সংঘটিত কিছু অনভিপ্রেত ঘটনায় ছাত্রদের মধ্যে অসন্তোষ দেখা দেয়। সেই ঘটনার পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় কর্তৃপক্ষ সামগ্রিক অবস্থা বিবেচনা করে ও বৃহত্তর স্বার্থ রক্ষায় কিছু পদক্ষেপ নেয়। পদক্ষেপ সমূহ হলো:

১। রেজিস্ট্রার দীর্ঘমেয়াদি ছুটিতে গিয়েছেন । বর্তমান ট্রেজারার এস এন কৈরী অস্থায়ী রেজিস্ট্রারের অতিরিক্ত দায়িত্ব পালন করবেন।

২। অভিযুক্ত দুইজন অফিসার তাদের পদত্যাগ পত্র জমা দিয়েছেন যা কর্তৃপক্ষ গ্রহণ করেছেন।

৩। ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় জনাব ফারহান উদ্দিন আহমেদ কে দেয়া অব্যাহতি পত্র প্রত্যাহার করা হয়েছে।

৪। ঘটনার তদন্তের জন্য গঠিত ইনকোয়ারি কমিটি তার কার্যক্রম চালিয়ে যাচ্ছে এবং শীঘ্রই তাদের প্রতিবেদন পেশ করবে।

৫। ছাত্র ছাত্রীদের অভিযোগের পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে ডিস্সিপ্লিনারি কমিটি তার তদন্তের কাজ শুরু করেছে।

 

 

 

Tag: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: August 7th, 2017

CSE department student, Md. Farhan Hamid, enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering Department, BRAC University attended a conference “ICSIP 2017(www.icsip.org)” as a speaker, held at NTU @ One-North, Singapore from 4th to 6th August. ICSIP is one of the world’s largest society for image and Signal processing, including speech recognition and processing. This conference was sponsored by IEEE. His paper was titled “Virtual Wardrobe for Physically Impaired.”  This paper was supervised by CSE faculty member, Dr. Md. Ashraful Alam, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering Department, BRAC University.

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 6th, 2017


1. Final examinations will commence from August 9, 2017. Exams will be held as follows:

Exam day

Existing exam day & date

Revised exam day & date

Day -1

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Day -2

Monday, August 7, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Day -3

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Day -4

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Day -5

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Day -6

Friday, August 11, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Day -7

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day -8

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

2. Last day for submitting grades: August 22, 2017

3. Publication of results: August 24, 2017

4. Exams scheduled in advance by individual departments, i.e. August 4 and 5, 2017 may be shifted to Friday afternoon, August 18 and/or Saturday, August 19, 2017.
Note: University Admissions tests will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 in the morning shift only; so, it is possible to provide classrooms in the afternoon slots from 2 pm for administering exams if needed.
OR
Departments may arrange exams by mutual consent and convenience from August 9 to August 21, 2017.

 

Dr. Ansar Ahmed
Pro Vice-Chancellor

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: August 6th, 2017

Few Ph.D. students of Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, Assoc. Professor of BRAC Business School (BBS), recently published the following journal articles in the various issues of International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM). IJSCM published from UK and it is indexed in Scopus (Elsevier).
1.
A Proposed Supply Chain Management Model for Teacher Education Institutions: A Structural Equation Modeling
by Darwin Pascua Paguio, Md. Mamun Habib
International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM), Vol. 6, No. 2, June 2017, pp. 15-26
[This paper proposed a Supply Chain Management (SCM) model for Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs). This model emphasizes the importance of the trifocal function of higher education to the formation of productive and competent graduates of Teacher Education Institutions, who in turn, can contribute to the progress and development of the country]
2.
Low Carbon Freight Services Analysis: A Review Study
by Shahla Deris, Suhaiza Zailani, Md. Mamun Habib, Mohammad Reza Mansournia
International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM), Vol. 6, No. 1, March 2017, pp.94-119
[The outcome of this paper demonstrates some benefits to employ low carbon freight logistic include Economic benefits, Environmental benefits, Operational benefits and Intangible benefits. The study describes opportunities and contributions in relation to an increase in a competitiveness and flexibility of enterprise and all of participating supply chain segments]
3.
Education Supply Chain Management Model to Achieve Sustainability in Private Universities in Malaysia: A Review
by Govindaraju Basu, John Jeyasingam, Md. Mamun Habib
International Journal of Supply Chain Management (IJSCM), Vol. 5, No. 4, December 2016, pp.24-27
[This paper addresses an Integrated Tertiary Educational Supply Chain Management Model (ITESCM) to achieve sustainability among private universities in Malaysia. It also provides the taxonomy of research and development in the area of integrated SCM and sustainability practices in higher education, particularly in private universities in Malaysia]

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 5th, 2017

Tag: Department of Economics and Social Sciences
Publish Date: August 4th, 2017

The Department of Economics and Social Sciences (ESS), with the support of University Grants Commission (UGC) and World Bank Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP), and the Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of BRAC University, recently successfully completed the Self-Assessment Review (SAR) as well as the External Peer Review (EPR) of its BSS in Economics Program. Conducted in two phases, SAR (during July 2016 to August 2017) and EPR  (during 1-3 August 2017), these two interdependent quality assessments (QA) tasks involved undertaking rigorous internal and external exercises including conducting questionnaire survey for generating and analyzing the required data, SWOT analysis, and preparation of the report for submission  for external review. A three-member ESS faculty team - comprised of Dr. Farzana Munshi, Associate Professor; Mr. Tanvir Sobhan, Senior Lecturer; and Mr. Ashraf Ahmed, Lecturer - prepared the SAR.  

The EPR team was comprised of Professor Athula Ranasinghe (Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka), foreign QA Expert and head; Professor AK Enamul Haque (Professor, Department of Economics, East West University), Local Subject Expert and Member; and  Dr. AB Md Rahmatullah, Associate Professor, Dept of Economics, AIUB, Local QA Expert. Feedbacks from BSS Economics Program stakeholders (alumni, students, employers, academics and no-academics) and their analysis, followed up with assessment of the SAR by external review team and their follow-up meetings, held during August 1-3, with ESS faculty members and BRAC University administration members including the Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ansar Ahmed, facilitated completion of the whole process of SAR and EPR as scheduled. Dr. Md Tofazzal Hussain, Professor MNS and BRACU IQAC Director, guided and facilitated completion of these two major processes of quality enhancement at BRACU. Economics Program’s SAR Team shall now make use of these two reports’ findings and recommendations for preparing a draft improvement plan for making best use of last one and half year’s spade work in the quality enhancement pursuits at ESS in general and BSS Economics Program in particular.

Tag: Counseling Unit
Publish Date: August 3rd, 2017

The Counseling Unit of BRAC University organized “Group Counseling sessions on Anger Management” for the first time. It was the opportunity for the participants to meet others who have similar experiences and who also want to pursue personal growth. Here participants can share individual’s experience and take insight about particular issue. Ms. Tasnuva Huque, Ms. Kazi Rumana Haque & Ms. Anne Anthonia Baroi organized the session. After the continuation of the two sessions on the month of July last session was held in August, 2017. The participants show their satisfaction and full engagement in the session.

Tag: Administration, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: July 31st, 2017

“BRAC Onnesha”, the first nano-satellite made by a Bangladeshi university, entered into the orbit around Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) today 7 July 2017 (Friday) at 3:10pm.

To celebrate the historic moment, BRAC University (BRACU) organised a ceremony at its auditorium on today to make public the real time launching of “BRAC Onnesha”.

The day’s program on Bangladesh stepping into space for the first time started at 2:30pm with a video conference organised by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in Japan.

"BRAC Onnesha", a cube measuring 10cm along its edge and weighing around one kilogramme, was taken to International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX, FALCON 9 Rocket by its CRS-11 mission on 4 June 2017.

Architect Yeafesh Osman, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP, Minister of State for Information and Communication Technology (Guest of Honour), Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (Guest of Honour), Toshiyuki Noguchi, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh (Guest of Honour), Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb Ph.D., Vice Chancellor, BRACU, Professor Dr. AA Ziauddin Ahmad, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, BRACU, Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Bangladesh, Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood, Chairman, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and members from SPARSSO attended the ceremony.

Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, chaired a discussion as the chief guest from 4:00pm-4:40pm.

The program ended with a visit by the guests to the first satellite ground station in Bangladesh on the roof of Building #4 built by university students to communicate with “BRAC Onnesha”.

Built to communicate with "BRAC Onnesha", the ground station was inaugurated by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, Chairperson, BRAC; and Chairperson, Board of Trustees, BRAC University (BRACU) on Thursday, 25 May 2017.

Earlier on 8 February 2017, BRACU became the first Bangladeshi educational institution to get its very own nano-satellite, developed and assembled by three of its students -- Abdulla Hil Kafi, Raihana Shams Antara and Maisun Ibn Monowar -- using technology and facilities of a Japanese university.

Side by side six students started working on the ground station and two more students recently joined the team under the guidance of two advisers from the faculty -- Dr. Md Khalilur Rahman and Dr. Md. Hasanuzzaman.

The students are Mohammed Shourobh, Aynul Huda Emil, Bijoy Talukder, Sananda Jagati Choyon, Jamil Arifin, Arafat Haque, Md Sakiluzzaman and Adnan Sabbir.

The BRACU researchers will analyse and interpret data taken in the form of high quality photographs, observe space environment and help serve academic and research goals.

Tag: Counseling Unit
Publish Date: July 31st, 2017

We know that peace of mind is a natural state, and is available to everyone. However, sometimes, in this fast pace of life, we become restless to think about our future hope or dream, or away from things in our past. Sometimes, we may also lose our connection with life, with ourselves, and forget to enjoy the joyous journey of life. In that case, meditation helps to take a break for a while and pay attention to appreciate how precious life is.

With this awareness, the Counseling Unit of BRAC University has been hosting a Workshops on Meditation for the students, faculty members and staff on July 30, 2017 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm at Residential Campus, Savar. Two members from the Counseling Unit, Ms. Anne Anthonia Baroi and Ms. Kazi Rumana Haque, Psychosocial Counselor and Lecturer facilitated the workshop. Through the meditations, the participants have been getting the unique opportunity to reduce stress, enhance peace and eventually can better connect with the inner self. From their feedbacks it is evident that it was very effective, relaxing. Overall, it was a peaceful experience for the participants as well as for the members of the Counseling Unit.

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: July 31st, 2017

Probal Saha and Nureen faiza Anisha, C3ER, BRAC University participated in the “Dhaka Water Conference in Bangladesh” from 29-30 July 2017. The conference started with the presence of Delta Coalition and High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) Sherpa. He attended the four technical sessions on safe water, sanitation, water quality and water management in the conference. The 2-day long conference inaugurated on 29 July 2017 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka organized by theLocal Government Division (LGD) and Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE). The theme for this conference is “Water Sustains Development,” which is based on Sustainable Development Goal-6. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the coalition's ministerial conference at Sonargaon Hotel.

A total of 82 representatives, including ministers and state ministers, from 27 countries would participate in the conference. The 12 members of the Delta Coalition Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Japan, Mozambique, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam also attended the conference. The policymakers of the platform came up with 20 decisions as mentioned in the “Delta Coalition Dhaka Declaration” adopted at Dhaka Water Conference 2017. Delta Coalition members have decided to introduce some programs to stop ongoing migration and displacement of coastal people. They have also agreed to actively address the situation emanating from the permanent loss of cultivable land and human habitats owing to coastal soil erosion, sea level rise and coastal flooding, land subsidence due to over extraction of underground water. The Delta Coalition is the world's first international coalition of governments that have formed a partnership to deal with coastal flooding, wetland loss, shoreline retreat and loss of infrastructure to make the deltas more resilient. The coalition agreed on stepping up efforts to mobilize funding from private sector, bilateral development partners, and international financing institutions and funds for inclusive and sustainable development and management of the deltas. The member states also agreed to forge cooperation among them to deal with deltaic water governance issues at sub-regional, regional, multilateral and international levels. They decided to pursue integrated development and sustainable delta management and cross-border cooperation for basin wise management of the trans-boundary/international rivers and initiate/continue discussions at regional, sub-regional and international levels despite having divergent pursuits and realities of various countries.

Tag: Counseling Unit
Publish Date: July 31st, 2017

Group setting is the opportunity to share individual’s experience and take insight about particular issue. Moreover, it creates the unique opportunity to meet others who have similar experiences and who also want to pursue personal growth. In a safe and supportive environment, one may experiment with new, more rewarding ways of relating to people from the group. Therefore, the Counseling Unit of BRAC University took the initiative to start Group Counseling sessions for the students of BRAC University. This time the topic of the Group Counseling was “Anger Management”.

Anger is a completely normal, healthy, human emotion, but sometimes happens to be negatively perceived words in society as a person in a state of anger may lose much of his capacity for rational thought and reasoning which may lead the person towards destruction. Hence, participatione in the group counseling sessions helped the participants to explore the anger and reason behind it. Moreover, how they perceive the anger and ways to manage it, were discussed in the sessions.  Some techniques were shared in the sessions to deal with anger like positive self talk how to take time and mini relaxation which helped the participants to be more relax in time of anger.

Ms. Tasnuva Huque, Ms. Anne Anthonia Baroi and Ms. Kazi Rumana Haque organized and facilitated the sessions. Two sessions has held on July 14 and July 31, 2017. The sessions will be continued in the month of August, 2017 also. In the last two sessions participants showed their satisfaction and full engagement in the session.

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