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Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: August 10th, 2017

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: 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: 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.

Tag: James P Grant School of Public Health
Publish Date: July 30th, 2017

Dr. Christine P Stewart (Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis) visited the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health on 29 July to deliver a talk for the Master of Public Health programme students and JPGSPH staff. The topic of her presentation will be "Effect of daily provision of eggs early during complementary feeding on stunting and biomarkers of nutritional status: Results from a randomized controlled trial in Ecuador".

Tag: Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Publish Date: July 30th, 2017

Kazi Sarjana Safain of B.S. in microbiology program of the MNS Department presented her thesis on July 30, 2017. The title of her thesis was “ Screening of silver resistance gene in clinical isolates and determination of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) for silver nitrate.”. The work was supervised by  Dr. Kaiissar Mannor, Head, Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi). The Examination Committee was chaired by Professor Dr. A. F. M. Yusuf Haider, Chairperson, MNS Department. Professor  M. Mahboob Hossain, , Ms. Romana SiddiqueMr. Mahbubul Hasan Siddiquee and Ms. Trosporsha Tasnim Khan were also present  as members of the Examination Committee.

Two students, Samiha Kabir and Sheikh Mehbish Jahan presented their undergraduate theses on Monday, 30 July.2017 in Room UB 21511 of the MNS Department. The title of their theses were ‘Apple, Guava and Pineapple Fruit Extracts as Antimicrobial Agents against Pathogenic Bacteria, and ‘Comparison among the Antimicrobial Activities of Emblica officinalis, Terminalia chebula and Terminalia bellerica’ respectively. They were jointly supervised by Professor Mahboob Hossain and Ms. Romana Siddique.

The Viva-Voce Examination for the presentation was chaired by Professor Dr. A. F. M. Yusuf Haider and attended by Professor Mahboob Hossain, Dr. Aparna Islam and Ms. Romana Siddique.

Tag: Centre for Entrepreneurship Development
Publish Date: July 30th, 2017

Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 29, Saturday: A major initiative to map all apparel factory in Bangladesh was launched. The project called ‘Digital RMG Factory Mapping in Bangladesh’ (DRFM-B) is the fi­rst ever of its kind to attempt to digitally map the entire garment sector in Bangladesh and marks a transformative industry shift toward more transparency.

This locally owned and managed project will collect credible, comprehensive and accurate data on factories across Bangladesh and disclose it in a publicly available, online map. The map will provide a detailed industry-wide database of factories, including names, locations, numbers of workers, product type, export country, certifications, brand customers, etc. Verification will be crowd sourced from the public to ensure that information remains up-to-date and accurate.          

The digital mapping project will be implemented by BRAC University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), coordinated by BRAC USA, with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) as the Strategic Partner, along with lead funding from C&A Foundation. DRFM-B will be guided by a multi-stakeholder Project Advisory Committee (PAC), including representatives of workers, NGOs, employers, and industry associations.  

The launching ceremony of DRFM-B kicks off on July 29 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with attendance of the honorable Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA); Vice Chancellor, BRAC University; and Adviser, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), BRAC University.

"This project will send a strong signal to all stakeholders that transformative change is happening within the ready-made garment sector. Through its mapping and relationship building, DRFM-B will fuel Bangladesh's garment industry advancements, inspire shared responsibility, responsible sourcing, collective action, and builds upon pre-existing improvement efforts through informed decision-making," says Parveen S. Huda, Project Manager of DRFM-B.

The Chair of the programme, Professor Dr. Rahim B. Talukdar, Adviser, CED, BRAC University said, the contribution of the RMG sector over the last 40 years has been phenomenal. However, the learning curve of the industry has not been very smooth. In spite of the success of the industry, some unfortunate incidents (like Rana Plaza and Tazreen) have brought the whole sector under the question of transparency and accountability. DRFM-B project is an attempt to address these issues. The aim of this project is to collect real-time industry data by conducting a nationwide census, and to exhibit the data in an interactive, publicly accessible, online platform like the Google Maps. It is our commitment to bring to the notice of the world outside that Bangladesh RMG sector is aspiring to be ever transparent and accountable in terms of meeting the global standards. The crowd sourcing technique built into the map will enable different stakeholders to point out any deviations they observe. 

Ms. Parveen S. Huda, Project Manager, DRFM-B, CED, BRAC University said, the expected outcome of this mapping project will be an interactive web-based map consisting different type of information on factories. This will help establish transparency and awareness, and ultimately lead to long-term sustainability and competitiveness of the Bangladeshi RMG sector. We anticipate a lot of challenges as we try to implement this unique project, and we seek support from all stakeholders present here today to help us achieve this daunting task.

Special Guest Mr. Shantanu Singh, Unit Leader, General Manager, C&A Sourcing Bangladesh said, “the whole topic of the project is about transparency. Unfortunately, many other countries are not thinking the way Bangladesh is thinking. So this project itself is unique not only to Bangladesh, but also to globally. This is something that we all can be proud as Bangladesh is again taking a lead here when it comes to global sourcing. As a retailer, C&A is one of the leading sourcing brands in Bangladesh and Bangladesh is very important to us as a sourcing market. So this project demonstrates the commitment and collaboration we have to this country.”

In his speech, as a Special Guest, Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D, Vice-Chancellor, BRAC University thanked C&A Foundation for their confidence on BRAC University and for awarding this 4- year project after the pilot phase. He said, “I like to focus on 3 issues. First one is change, because in RMG sector we are the second largest exporters in the world but can we become complacent? I like to bring to attention of the RMG sector how are we preparing to meet the changing challenges that are really coming in front of us. If the change is eminent, then what would be our next step with the sector? I think the next step is research. Research will help us anticipate the change. If we can do good research, we can be there before the change happens. My question would be for the RMG sector, do we know where we will be in next 10 years? Do we have any prediction model? If we don’t, the now this is the time to start. If the world is changing and if we need research, then we need another thing, the third thing I would argue for it, it is the industry-academic partnership. Any good endeavour requires partnerships. I would propose that perhaps we could start a centre for comprehensive research just for ready-made garments. My point is we must work together, the industry and the academia, and the centre for research would be a great start for the advancement of RMG sector.”

For more than 30 years, the apparel industry has dominated the Bangladeshi economy, making it the world's second largest garment-producing country. ‘’DRFM-B is driven by the fundamental belief that transparency and traceability lead to long-term industry advancements and improved working conditions. By funding this project, we aim to increase industry accountability to transform fashion into a force for good,’’ says Naureen Chowdhury, C&A Foundation Program Manager Supply Chain Innovation & Transformation.                                                                     

"This transparency initiative would significantly complement our ongoing efforts towards enhanced, more risk-averse supply chains. We believe it will empower stakeholders across the industry, including workers, factory authority, brands, government, and civil society organizations to create positive changes and strengthen the effectiveness of improvements already underway. We hope this will be instrumental toward establishing a strong marketing and branding tool for the ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh through increased accessibility of information,’’ adds Mr. Md. Siddiqur Rahman, BGMEA President, Special Guest of the programme.

He also added that after the tragic incidence of Rana Plaza and Tazreen, a negative perception has been created for Bangladesh’s RMG industry globally. One of the reason for this negative impression is the lack of information about the industry and factories. In recent years, remarkable progresses in workplace safety, labour standard and sustainability have been achieved. The safety inspection reports and updated information are available in the website of DIFE and Accord and Alliance which anyone can visit from anywhere in the world. This is one of the significant examples of transparency. Moreover, Bangladesh is also a leader of green industrialization. If we can share these positive sides of our industry through a GIS based digital mapping, this would certainly create a significant impression for Bangladesh. I believe this digital mapping will help the RMG industry to adopt this ongoing culture of transparency.

In his speech, the Chief Guest honourable Minister Mr. Md. Tofail Ahmed, MP applauded this great initiative of digitally mapping the entire sector and the attribute of the digital map that it will be online, interactive, publicly accessible, easy to use, and can be visible from anywhere in the world which is going to be materialized for the first time in Bangladesh. He said, this map will surely be beneficial for all sector stakeholders especially for the brands/buyers who can directly get updated factory information from this map, and thus will establish transparency in the RMG supply chain. Consequently, this will help eliminate misconceptions regarding the sector. He said, this initiative certainly proves that soon Bangladesh will become a true “Digital Bangladesh” according to the nation’s “Vision 2021”, envisioned by the honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The Minister requested all stakeholders to support the sector from their respective positions and capabilities. He hopes that the project will show the entire world that Bangladesh has achieved many notable progresses that has established the brand value of “Made in Bangladesh”. Bangladeshi apparel producers are working hard to bring more transparency to this significant export earning sector, which has created a lot of employment opportunities; and that will surely bring respectability in the global community for us. The Minister thanked BRACU and BGMEA President for working on this project and then officially announced the launching of Digital RMG Factory Mapping in Bangladesh (DRFM-B) project.

The public map is expected to go live in mid-2018 with the Dhaka cluster. The final version of the map showcasing all 20 Bangladeshi garment-producing districts is expected to be completed by mid-2021

About BRAC University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED)

BRAC University’s CED started its journey in April 2011 with the intention to encourage Bangladeshi entrepreneurs through engendering of entrepreneurial knowledge and skill. It strives to engage promising Bangladeshi entrepreneurs in innovative thinking, and facilitates the development and expansion of their ideas by building critical entrepreneurial expertise and networks. CED is committed to the qualitative improvement of entrepreneurship in Bangladesh and thereby the country’s socio-economic development. www.ced.bracu.ac.bd 

About BRAC USA

BRAC USA is the North American BRAC affiliate, which builds awareness of the work being done by the larger organization in 11 developing countries and mobilizes resources to underpin the programs of BRAC, BRAC International, and BRAC University. BRAC USA is an independent 501(c)(3) organization with its own Board and resources, and works hand in glove with its Asian and African counterparts to design and implement cost-effective, evidence-based poverty innovations in extremely poor, conflict-prone, and post-disaster settings. www.bracusa.org

About C&A Foundation

C&A Foundation is a corporate foundation here to transform the fashion industry. We give our partners financial support, expertise and networks so they can make the fashion industry work better for every person it touches. We do this because we believe that despite the vast and complex challenges we face, we can work together to make fashion a force for good. www.candafoundation.org

About BGMEA

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is one of the largest trade associations in Bangladesh representing the readymade garment industry, particularly the woven garments, knitwear and sweater sub-sectors with equal importance. Starting its journey in 1983 today BGMEA takes care of an industry that is at the backbone of Bangladesh’s economy. BGMEA is dedicated to promote and facilitate the apparel industry through policy advocacy to the government, services to members, as well as ensuring legitimate rights and dignity of the workers. www.bgmea.com.bd

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