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Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 26th, 2017

The conference Transformations 2017 and Facing the Future 2017 emphasized on the importance of collaborative power for societal transformation in a rapidly changing world. The conference also aimed to understand the practices that facilitate social and environmental transformations at local and large scales in both developed and developing country contexts.

Dr. Md. Sajidur Rahman, Assistant Professor; Roufa Khanum, Coordinator Operations and Probal Saha, Water   Resources   Management Specialist from the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University visited University of Dundee, Scotland UK from 25 August to 02 September 2017 to attend international conference Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice Conference and Facing the Future 2017. Both the conferences held at University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland UK.  Nandan Mukherjee is currently positioned as a Ph.D. candidate in the School of the Social Sciences at the University of Dundee, UK also attended the conference. Mr. Mukherjee is on  sabbatical  leave  from  the  BRAC  University  in Bangladesh where he has been involved in teaching and research at  the C3ER.This was the third in a biennial series of international interdisciplinary conferences focused on transformations towards sustainability: addressing contemporary challenges for enhancing the wellbeing of vulnerable community through developing collaborative networks. On the day two of the first conference facing the Future 2017, a mass transformation practice was held to examine how the way knowledge is produced and used needs to change to accelerate societal transformations. After introductions and keynotes of Transformations 2017, different parallel sessions were organized depending on themes to cover a wide range of action based research. The enchanting places, energetic hosts and the presence of world-famous scientists has made the conference successful and magnificent.

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: August 25th, 2017

Centre for Professional Skills Development on Public Health (CPSD) conducted a three day short course on ‘Introduction to systematic review and meta-analysis in health research’ from 22-24 August 2017 that has been facilitated by Dr. Shaikh A. Shahed Hossain, PhD, Professor, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University and Consultant Scientist, Health Systems and Population Studies Division, icddr,b and Dr. Malabika Sarker, PhD is a Professor & Director of Research & Director CoE on the Science of Implementation & Scale-Up (SISU) at James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh.

The course was designed for researchers including clinicians, nurses, epidemiologists and public health practitioners, who are interested in learning the key concepts involved in the design and production of high quality systematic reviews. Although examples used during the course will be taken from the health literature, the underlying concepts taught are applicable to other disciplines and applications from those interested in systematic reviews of non-health research literature are welcomed.

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 24th, 2017

Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, C3ER, BRAC University attended the conference titled “Resilience 2017 – Resilience Frontiers for Global Sustainability” in Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm Resilience Centre together with the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and the Resilience Alliance organized the Resilience2017 conference from 20-23 August 2017 at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Sewden. Following previous Resilience Conference held on triennial basis since 2008, Resilience 2017 discussed resilience as a key lens for biosphere-based sustainability science. A main focus was on global sustainability challenges and opportunities. The conference had five main themes: social-ecological transformation for sustainability; connectivity and cross-scale dynamics in the anthropocene; multi-level governance and biosphere stewardship; approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics and cross-cutting perspectives on resilience. The conference consists of plenaries, theme plenaries, contributed sessions and sessions from the Open Call for abstracts.  Several conference sessions were dedicated to the bridging between art and science. In addition to this, there were six exhibitions in the public spaces of the conference venue. These exhibitions were the collaborations between artists, scientists and the public to demonstrate a variety of social-ecological systems in the past, present and future.

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: August 24th, 2017

Centre for Professional Skills Development on Public Health (CPSD) worked with CGSRHR and BLAST to arrange the four day long flagship course on ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and the Law’ from 20-23 August, 2017 at BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health to ensure a greater awareness and sensitivity towards Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) amongst legal practitioners within the context of current global policies - such as sustainability, gender equality, social justice, democracy/ participation and the rights perspective. In order to elucidate these ideas, the participants of this short course will hear from various speakers on some of the main themes of SRHR - Sexuality and Health, Maternal Health, Violence in Sexual and Reproductive Contexts and Consent and Choice in SRHR.

The course was facilitated by Barrister Sara Hossain, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the Honorary Executive Director of the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Dr. Selina Ferdous, Consultant who has more than twenty years in public health field with focus on community based sexual and reproductive health. Ms. Samia Afrin, Assistant Project Coordinator, NARIPOKKHO, Ms. Sanaiyya Faheem Ansari, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the Executive Director of the Network of Research and Training  (NRT).

Tag: Announcement, Office of the Registrar
Publish Date: August 23rd, 2017

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 22nd, 2017

Youth is a portent of any change. It is mainly factual of self conversation and consolidation. Demographically, Bangladesh is the youngest country. Therefore, youth aspirations are vital in insisting side of governance. To engage the local youth with innovating action for climate finance transparency a workshop was held titled “Innovating Action for Climate Finance Transparency: Engaging Local Youth” at Jahan Conference Center, Karim Kutir, Barisal on 21st August, 2017. The workshop was organized by Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University and Youth Net for Climate Justice. Professor Dr. Emamul Haque, Vice Chancellor, University of Barisal graced the event as chief guest. Mr Abdul Jalil, Climate Change and DRR Officer, UNICEF; Md. Abul Bashar, PROKAS, British Council and Ms. Roufa Khanum, Coordinator, C3ER, BRAC University joined the workshop as special guests. Students from different universities of Barisal, Barguna, Pirojpur, Bagerhat, Patuakhali and Jhalokati participated in this workshop.

The main objective of the workshop was to engage the youths for identifying the problems of their locality due to climatic effects, find innovative solutions to those problems and suggest how to ensure transparency throughout the process. The event was segmented into introductory session, ice breaking session, presentation, group discussion and brain storming session, question answer session as well as closing and prize distribution ceremony.  The workshop started with a welcome speech by Mr. Sohanur Rahman, Chief Coordinator, Youth Net for Climate Justice. He briefly described the field of work of Youth Net and how they are trying to engage local youth with climate change issues and build up their capacity. Among the others Mr. Bashar gave an overview of the PROKAS program and why they are working for climate finance transparency. Mr. Siddiqui then gave a presentation on the issue based project Climate Finance Transparency Mechanism (CFTM). He talked about major issues on climate change, the difference between adaptation and mitigation and introduced the participants with some new terms like climate finance, climate fund governance, climate finance readiness, and youths’ role in these sectors.  There was an interactive question answer session where Ms. Khanum answered the questions from the participants and also asked questions to them about their learning and experience from the workshop. Mr. Jalil then talked about some recent activities of Youth Net in Barisal district and how they are focusing on adolescent empowerment.  At the end of the event, the chief guest, Dr. Haque, concluded the session with his speech. Dr. Haque started his speech by talking about the learning of the workshop- transparency of work and transparency of finance. He expressed his disappointment on the fact that as a country we have to hear this continuously that we are not transparent with our works and finance. So we need to give emphasis to ensure that the climate projects done are transparent.

Throughout the work shop the youths participated actively, asked questions, expressed their views on different issues and proposed innovative ideas. Also they worked as groups, shared their ideas and discussed with each other. This was a great learning experience for them because they got to develop their skills and also had the chance to gain knowledge regarding climate change related issues. Their participation encouraged CFTM team to organize more workshops like this in other areas especially in remote areas where there is least availability of climate change related knowledge. This will help to ensure climate finance transparency as the stakeholders will have ideas about the process and they will be able to identify their needs and come up with new solutions to those.

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: August 20th, 2017

Roksana Hoque, from the the Centre of Excellence for Universal Health Coverage (CoE-UHC) has recently completed a training entitled ‘Global Change Leadership’ from Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a seven-week education program offered by Coady Institute’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership. This program enables women from developing countries to strengthen their leadership capacities in order to contribute to innovation and change in their organizations and communities. Nineteen participants from 17 different countries attend the course. Facilitators from different parts of Canada come to facilitate the course. Participants are from India, Vietnam, Bolivia, Chilli, Uganda, Indonesia, Egypt, Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, Rwanada, Tajikistan, Morocco, Kenya, Lesotho, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. They used popular education approach such as lecture, case study, small group work, experience sharing, problem analysis and documentary as teaching-learning method.  This course enables her to carry on her works in the school in future and stay connected with different parts of the world. 

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 20th, 2017

ActionAid, Action against Hunger, BBC Media Action, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), BRAC and International Organization for Migration (IOM) with support from the UK government’s Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) organized National learning and sharing seminar titled “Celebrating Learning on Communication with Communities in Bangladesh”. How the voices of the community can be well reflected in strategies, policies and decision making process of donors, government and non-government organizations were the issues expounded through this seminar. Moreover, Shongjog a multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) partners shared their project activities which is related to the communication with communities’ perspective. Over the past two years, Shongjog has generated several innovative and exemplary tools, resources and techniques to enable the humanitarian community to better embed Communication with Communities into their work. This event will include a range of practical demonstrations, introductory sessions and open dialogue, which will allow participants to understand the range of new, Bangladesh-specific tools and resources that have been created. Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Lecturer and Muhammad Ibrahim, Research Associate, from Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University attended the event.

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 20th, 2017


BRAC University will remain closed for 'Eid-Ul-Azha’ from Thursday, August 31 to Thursday, September 07, 2017.

Please note the following:

1. REVISED SCHEDULE: Classes for Fall 2017 semester will begin from Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

2. BRAC University will remain open on Saturdays, September 16 & 23, 2017 and follow the academic schedule for Sunday, September 10 & Monday, September 11, 2017 respectively.

3. Advising of existing students: August 27 - 30 and September 10, 2017.

 

 

Treasurer and Registrar (a.i)

 

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: August 20th, 2017

One of the two midwifery cohorts of 2017, which is 2nd batch (A), attended their graduation ceremony in July. Soon after, all of the 163 graduates of this batch have started their 6-month internship. Unique to this year is the split of the internship into community and clinical placements. This reinforces midwives’ learning from our midwifery curriculum that invests 60% time on ‘practical’.

To start with the internship, all of the 163 graduate midwives who hail from more than 72 sub-districts across the country have returned to their hometowns or villages. They are interacting with people in the communities and liaising with local institutions to raise awareness on maternal and neonatal health, adolescent healthcare, hygiene, nutrition, family planning etc. At the same time, they are giving antenatal and postnatal services.

The exercise would help the graduates map their community in respect of clients’ health-seeking habits, and the government and private health centres. From September, the internship will continue as clinical placements in health centres and clinical facilities of BRAC’s HNPP, Marie Stopes and other partners. We expect, the internship would enable the graduate midwives to enter the community well, and increase their confidence and renew their midwifery pledge.

These graduate midwives are staying in touch with midwifery instructors to report on their CEGM progresses made monthly, and also to review their academic learning ahead of the midwifery licensing exam likely in early 2018.

Tag: BRAC Business School, Announcement
Publish Date: August 20th, 2017


BBA Program

Students of the BBA Program are instructed to meet their respective advisors during their scheduled time. Students having their USIS accounts blocked should get those unblocked before meeting the advisers. Those who intend to drop Fall 17 are instructed to meet the coordinators during the advising week.

[ Advising schedule for Fall 2017 semester ]

LL.B. Program

Students of the LL.B. Program are instructed to meet their respective advisors during their scheduled time.

Advising schedule for Fall 2017 semester ]

Department of Economics and Social Sciences

[ Advising schedule for Fall 2017 semester ]

Advising schedule (Anthropology & Sociology) for Fall 2017 semester ]

EEE Program

Advising schedule for Fall 2017 semester ]

 

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 18th, 2017

In order to assist the developing countries in mitigating and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change, financial resources are being mobilized globally through shared platforms as well as public climate finance commitments by developed countries under the UNFCCC. According to Global Landscape of Climate Finance (2014) published by Climate Policy Initiative, in 2014, annual global climate finance flows increased by 18% in 2014 and totaled approximately USD 392 billion. According to the report, climate finance flows were split almost equally between developed (OECD) and developing (non- OECD) countries, USD 164 billion and USD 165 billion respectively. Being one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world, Bangladesh is actively investing in the field of climate change. The Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) outline a framework for climate change investments in the country. Though Bangladesh receives fund in this sector through various internal and external channels, there are still scopes for introducing an established and widely-accepted monitoring mechanism that can ensure transparency and accountability.

To understand the extent and type of support that is being made available to precede action on climate-resilient development and to comprehend how the support is corresponding to the needs, and whether the financial resources are being spent productively, it is important to monitor the finance mechanism holistically and in details. Climate Finance Transparency Mechanism (CFTM) has been initiated in January 2017 and is being implemented by a consortium (consortium-1) among Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) in association with the British Council. Consortium-2 of this project constitutes Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) and Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (COAST Trust) as the local level partner. The CFTM project is an innovative project that would enable the funding for climate change in Bangladesh to be more effective in helping the most vulnerable communities become better adapted to climate change impacts and help improve the overall levels of transparency in governance in general in Bangladesh. The goal of this project is to increase the efficacy of climate change funds both from government and donors in tackling the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh. Promoting Knowledge for Accountable Systems (PROKAS) Program of British Council, funded by UKAID is supporting the project financially now. A session to share experience with the senior government officials was organized by C3ER, BRAC University on 17 August, 2017 at BRAC Inn, Mohakhali, Dhaka. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus and Adviser of the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University. Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD); Dr. A Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, BCAS; Tanvir Mahmud, Head of Programmes (Climate, Labour Governance), PROKAS Programme, British Council joined the meeting as resource persons. Twenty one (21) Joint Secretaries of Government of Bangladesh from different ministries and three (03) high officials from Defense (Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air) participated in the meeting.

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 12th, 2017

In the backdrop of various efforts in the past to address the critical concerns of governance of the transboundary Ganges sub-basin, the Ganga-Padma Devising Seminar  was organized by Tufts’ University Water Diplomacy Programme, Observer Research Foundation, South Asia Institute of Harvard University and MIT Science Impact Collaborative Program on 10 and 11 August, 2017 in Kolkata. The Ganges sub-basin has been delineated as Ganga-Padma system in this devising seminar, which involved participants from not only the co-riparian nations of the Ganga-Padma system, viz., Bangladesh, Nepal, and India, but also experts from EU and the US. The prime objective of this devising seminar was to develop an array of actionable options (what was called good ideas) on issues of governance, technical capabilities and policy, from informed conversations of the relevant stakeholders. Like any devising seminar, no attempt was made to obtain commitment from any participant, but intense brainstorming sessions involving technocrats, bureaucrats, diplomats, researchers, academicians, activists, NGOs, etc. working in the domain of the Ganga-Padma system generated  a matrix of coordinated strategies which can result in actionable options for governance.

The two day event was started off with a welcome address from Ashok Dhar, ORF Kolkata, followed by a special address on water programme of ORF by Sunjoy Joshi, Director of ORF, and a short description on expectations from GPDS by Shafiqul Islam, Professor and Director of Water Diplomacy, Tufts University.  This was followed by an introduction of the participants hailing from revered institutions and various government organizations such as Oregon State University, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, BRAC University, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, IIT Guwahati, Uppsala University, International Water Association, Wright State University, Deltares, Water Conflicts, Government of Nepal and Government of West Bengal. From BRAC University Dr. Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, C3ER, BRA University attended the two day event as an expert. After the initial plenary rounds with presentations on what devising seminars are all about from experts from MIT and Harvard, the GPDS involved intense brain storming sessions in the form of round table discussions which were modeled on three broad issues of governance, technical capabilities and policy. The discussions were focused to generate actionable options on the three time frames, which were immediate (0-5 years), intermediate (5-10 years) and long term (more than 10 years). There were four round tables of which the first three had discussions on three broad issues as mentioned above, in which each round table session was further subdivided into finer subtopics. The fourth round table acted as a summation of the first three and the participants in the three groups discussing in it, reconciled their difference of opinions and came up with mutually agreed actionable options, which were presented later. Lastly, considerable emphasis was put on the issue of rethinking cropping patterns and effective water demand management; so that water guzzling crops (i.e. sugarcane, boro paddy, etc) are replaced with more water efficient ones.

Tag: Announcement, Office of the Registrar
Publish Date: August 11th, 2017


Comprehensive seat plan - Summer 2017 (trimester programs) [ PDF ]

[Please look into additional sheet in notice board/web those exams are scheduled in multiple hall rooms]

Day 1 (9/8/17), Wednesday

Morning (10:00 AM):

ENG091 | ENG101 | ENG102 | CHN101 | FRN101 | ARC331 | ECO207 | ECO432 | LAW202 | MGT401 | MKT301 | SOC101 |

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BTE401 | CSE101 | CSE230 | CSE320 | EEE361 | HST403 | LAW303 | MGT431 | MKT201 | MKT429

Day 2 (10/8/17), Thursday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ACT431| ANT355 | ARC452 | ARC493 | CSE220 | ECO303 | EEE201(SEC:3) | ENV101 | FIN301 | HUM101 | LAW101 | MIC101 | MKT431

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BTE202 | BUS201 | CSE110 | CSE111 | CSE370 | CSE422 | MGT424 | MIC301 | MSC441 | POL101

Day 3(11/8/17), Friday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ACT202 | BTE411CHE101CSE340CSE341CSE371ECO202EEE365(sec:1,2) | ENG404 | FIN427 | GEO101 LAW102 | LAW204

Afternoon (02:30 PM):

CSE360 (Sec:1,2) | CSE460 | EEE207 EEE205HST102 | MAT103 | MKT421 | MSC301 | MSC422 | PHY111 | PHY112 |

Day 4(12/8/17), Saturday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ACT201 | ANT101 | ARC122 | ARC225 | BTE204 | CSE330 | ECO201 | ENG113 | ENG333 | FIN425 | LAW104 | LAW343 | MIC310 | MKT424 | PHY101 | STA101

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BUS202 | BUS302 | CSE423 | LAW304 | MAT110 | MAT120 | MAT215 | MKT426

Day 5(13/8/17), Sunday
Morning (10:00 AM):

BUS301 | CSE470 | ECO101 | ECO311 | ENG115 | ENG319 | FIN424 | LAW203 | MKT423 | PSY101 | SOC325 | STA201

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

ACT422 | ARC393 | BTE402 | CEE213 | CHE110 | EEE415 | ENG358 | ENV103 | MAT216 | MGT425 | PHY102

Day 6(16/8/17), Wednesday
Morning (10:00 AM):

ECO102 | EEE343 | FIN421 | LAW205 | MGT211 | MGT423

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

BIO101 | BUS321 | CSE331 | CSE420 | EEE241 | ENG366 | LAW307 | MAT092 | MKT425 | MSC429 | SOC390

Day 7(17/8/17), Thursday
Morning (10:00 AM):

BUS101 | CSE161 | EEE423 | FIN441 | LAW403 | MGT201

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

ACT425 | BUS203 | CSE321 | MAT101 | MGT427

Day 8(19/8/17), Saturday
Morning (10:00 AM):

CSE461 | ECO308 | ECO313 | EEE413 | MGT301 | MGT422

Afternoon (02:00 PM):

MSC142 | MSC446

 

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: August 11th, 2017

A workshop on Sub-Regional Workshop on Urban Water and Sanitation Services in South and South-West Asia was held on 9-10 August, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was organized by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and co-organized by Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation and Kathmandu Valley Development Authority, Government of Nepal. Subarna Ershad, Environmental Economist from Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University, participated in the event as an observer from Bangladesh. The two days workshop had some specific objectives and issues to be addressed. Delegates from 10 countries of this Asian region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka) participated in the workshop and shared their experience and gave valuable inputs.

The two days program included the presentations from each country to identify their common problems as well as to focus on the best possible solutions. They discussed the challenges and gaps of this specific region to manage the issues of sanitation and water successfully as well as inter linkage of the SDG goal 6 and goal 11 was being emphasized to achieve the 2030 agenda. Overall the workshop was a successful one as it united the delegates from different countries in identifying the common but critical problems of the South and South-West region of Asia. When it came to the possible solution of the problems, the experts opined that understanding the past could solve the problem at present and in the future.

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