Students attending the Residential Semester (RS) in Spring 2018 will be registered for courses by the Registrar’s Office; therefore, they do not have to do pre-advising.
Office of the Registrar
Students attending the Residential Semester (RS) in Spring 2018 will be registered for courses by the Registrar’s Office; therefore, they do not have to do pre-advising.
Office of the Registrar
The BRAC University Professional Development Centre (PDC) celebrated Certificate Award Ceremony on 16th November 2017 for the Faculty of Summer 2017 who successfully completed the Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Program. The key objectives of this certification are to make BRACU Faculty future ready using active learning and student centered learning strategies. The course participants, PDC members, Heads of the departments and key administrators of the university attended the ceremony. The ceremony started with a welcome speech by Dr. Shakib Ahsan, the Director of PDC followed by an inspirational speech by Dr. Ansar Ahmed, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University congratulating participants for their hard work and awarding the certificates. A highlight of the ceremony was when the participants reflected on their learning experiences and the effects on their own practices.
Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, Director of BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), and Mr. Md. Shams Ud Duha, Lecturer at BIL, attended the ‘World Innovation Summit for Education’ in Doha, Qatar, which was held from 14 November to 16 November, 2017. Since 2009, the WISE Summit has brought together diverse education stakeholders in Doha to explore and share ideas, and to collaborate towards creative action in education. This year, 2000 delegates from approximately 100 countries participated in the summit. Lady Abed and Mr. Shams attended several sessions and exchanged ideas on innovative assessment, integration of technology into education, and distance education.
The Office of Career services And Alumni Relations (OCSAR) organized a recruitment seminar for the final year students of BRAC University on 16th November 2017 in BRACU Indoor Games Room UB03 (9th Floor).
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is a UK-based international development organization having operations in 26 countries around the world. It was founded in the year of 1958, headquartered in London and started its operation in Bangladesh in the year of 1974 with a vision to create the world without poverty in which people work together to fulfill their potential by linking both international & national volunteers in development initiatives.
After the global success of NCS project in several operational countries of VSO, VSO Bangladesh is going to start National Citizen Service (NCS) project from September 2017 funded by UKAID, bringing together young national volunteers to make a difference in some of the poorest communities in Bangladesh starting in Gaibandha, Barisal Sadar and Satkhira. Currently, VSO Bangladesh is looking for 30 (15 Female & 15 Male) dynamic youth volunteers and youth volunteer team leaders. The project aims to create positive changes in rural communities in the area of Livelihood, Good Governance, Youth & Women Employability and Entrepreneurship and Adolescent & Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Rights by building personal development of youth and promote them as active citizens.
Mr. Mohsin Arif Reja, Recruitment Specialist, VSO Bangladesh outlined the employment opportunity and responsibilities along with the procedures of applying in the National Citizen Service (NCS) project. The event concluded with a vibrant interactive Q & A session in which students raised queries about the career and growth opportunities of the program. Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
The Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR), BRAC University in association with LEADS Group organized a career session for engineering students on Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 in BRAC University Auditorium.
LEADS Group, considered as one of the renowned ICT Solution Providers of Bangladesh conducted the session to talk about their recruitment process & career prospects for engineering students.
Prof. Dr. Md. Abdul Mottalib, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering greeted the LEADS team in his short and warm welcome speech.
Mr. Shaikh Wahid, Managing Director & CEO, LEADS Group briefly talked about their organization and the career opportunities for fresh graduates in different wings of LEADS. Later, he also discussed the step by step recruitment process for entry level jobs which includes written exam, assessment centre, panel interview and final interview with the management team.
Mr. Shaikh Abdul Aziz, Chairman, LEADS Group motivated students by sharing his career journey with the students. He also discussed all the qualities one must have to succeed in their life.
Mr. Khan Sadat Anwar, Assistant General Manager, Human Resources, LEADS Group had an interactive session with the students where he explained the opportunities that they will be given if they join the organization. The event concluded with an interactive Q & A session in which students raised queries about their career and local & international career opportunities for engineers.
Amitabha Chakrabarty, Ph.D, Assistant Professor & Dr. Jia Uddin, Assistant Professor from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering were also present at the session. Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
“Hawk Insights”, a dynamic team from BRAC University, recently participated in some of the most renowned business competitions of Bangladesh so far and made remarkable achievements reaching CreADive 2017 powered by Rexona Unilever Bangladesh, this November. The team consisted of four admirable and self-motivated students of BRAC University – Sadan Kabir (BBS), Shadman Sakib (BBS), Marzia Tanzim Autoshi (BBS) and Tafsin Jaber Ankan (CSE). Hawk Insights began their journey, for the first time, through competing in the Unilever Bizmaestros 2017- one of the biggest business competitions in Bangladesh and reached the semifinals. Moreover, the team members individually participated in various other competitions like – Battle of Minds, HULT, Adwiz, Blueprints, Econthon, Econ Prodigy etc.
The team’s vision is to make BRAC University the most distinguished name in the sector of all business competitions. Hence, they are working hard to set an example and to be a source of inspiration for the juniors and to take BRAC University even further in the years to come
Depression and suicide is fast becoming a very serious and prevalent issue in our society. Thousands suffer everyday due to depression; however it is not always taken seriously until it becomes too late. To raise awareness on the severity of this issue, BRAC University's infant club, BUCSC had organized their first big event on the 14th of November, 2017. Held in the university auditorium,the event was decorated with artistic and expressive posters and words.
Titled, "Walking with Lead Shoes" the event welcomed its main guests from the suicide prevention helpline, Kaan Pete Roi. The show consisted of an introductory speech from the university's Pro VC, Professor Ansar Ahmed, followed by an extensive presentation session by the guests and also a very interactive Q&A session with the audience. The presentation covered various aspects concerning depression and suicide, including why and how people become suicidal and what to do when someone is thinking of taking their life. The main focus was to aware people that depression is very real and to never take it lightly and always ask for help.
After the informative session, some very eccentric musicians from BRAC University as well as IBA took the stage. They entertained the audience with their amazing performances as they paid tribute to the recent lives lost due to suicide, like Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. The event was concluded by renowned vocalist and media personnel, Mr. Jon Kabir who graced the audience with his stories and advice on depression and also sang a few songs. Overall, the event was very well received and appreciated.
Anika Saba, Lecturer, ENH, attended a three-day Book Review Workshop jointly organised by ULAB's Dhaka Translation Center (DTC) and Department of English and Humanities (DEH).
Prof. Somdatta Mandal, Professor of English and ex-Chairperson, Department of English and Other Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, India, led the workshop sharing her expertise and experiences of doing book reviews for the last 20 years. Through this workshop Ms. Saba received constructive feedback from Prof. Mandal. The participants were awarded with certificates at the end of the workshop.
Ms. Saba has written several book reviews for The Daily Star’s literature page and she had several takeaways from the workshop that will help her excelling in this field.
New Faces at BRAC University
Mr. Abdulla Hil Kafi joined as a Research Associate at the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) in November 2017. Mr. Kafi completed his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from BRAC University and M.Sc. in Space System Engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan.
Ms. Raihana Shams Islam Antara joined as a Research Associate at the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) in November 2017. Ms. Antara completed her B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from BRAC University and M.Sc. in Space System Engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan.
Dr. Shah M. Faruque joined as a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS) in November 2017. Dr. Faruque achieved his Ph.D from the University of Reading, UK. Earlier he did hid B.Sc and M.Sc from the University of Dhaka.
Management and Admin
Mr. Maksud Ahmed Chowdhury joined as Senior Assistant Registrar at the Registrar’s Office in November 2017. Mr. Chowdhury completed his Chartered Accountancy Course from KPMG Rahman Rahman Huq as an Articled Student and did his B.Com from the University of Dhaka.
Ms. Sangita Basak joined as Assistant Librarian at Ayesha Abed Library in November 2017. Ms. Basak completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka.
Mr. Omar Hassan Khan joined as Assistant System Programmer at Ayesha Abed Library in November 2017. Mr. Khan completed his B.Sc. in Computer Science from BRAC University.
Ms. Kazi Aiatul Kurshee Hoque joined as Junior Assistant Librarian at Ayesha Abed Library in November 2017. Ms. Hoque completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Rajshahi.
Mr. Md. Abu Al Shafi joined as Lab Technical Officer at the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in November 2017. Mr. Shafi did his Diploma in Engineering in Electrical Technology from Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. Md. Shamim Reza joined as Lab Technical Officer at the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in November 2017. Mr. Reza did his Diploma in Engineering in Electronics from Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. Shakil Ahmed joined as Lab Technical Officer at the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in November 2017. Mr. Ahmed did his Diploma in Engineering in Electronics from Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute.
Left from BRAC University
The following members were separated from BRAC University in November 2017:
Ms. Sajia Sultana, Sr. Asst. Librarian, Ayesha Abed Library
Mr. M. M. Wasid Hossain, IT Officer, IT System Office
Mr. Md. Faruk Hossain, Asst. Campus Superintendent, Savar Campus
Ms. Rumana Afroz, Software Engineer, IT System Office
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) arranged a seminar for IPDC Finance on 13th November, 2017 in the Auditorium of BRACU. The purpose of the seminar was to discuss about the recruitment process and application procedures for any current vacant positions available in Coats Bangladesh for fresh graduates of BRAC University.
IPDC Finance Limited, the first financial institution of Bangladesh established in 1981, launched ‘Unbounders Management Trainee Program, Season 2’ on 5th October, 2017. After the tremendous success from its first season, this year IPDC Finance Limited will select ‘Unbounders’ from all over the country. After extensive nationwide campus roadshows and screening the resumes, IPDC will shortlist the candidates by following the stages of recruitment which includes Written Exam, Assessment Centre, Individual Presentation, Structured Interview and Interview with Management Team to find its Next Gen Leaders.
Mominul Islam, Managing Director, IPDC Finance Limited said, “Management Trainees are the future leader of the company who will be placed in the strategic positions of the company after successful completion of the carefully crafted development program. They will be rotated through all the functions of the company and will be assigned to projects with strategic priorities where they must demonstrate superior leadership skills in learning, collaborating and delivering key objectives of the company.”
Ms. Gulnaz Alam, Head of Human Resources, Mr. Mohammad Mahmudur Rahman Shawon, Manager, MME Business, Mr. Nawed Wahed Asif, Head of Treasury and Mr. Ahashanuzzaman Shujan, Manager, Human Resources from IPDC Finance Limited had an interactive session with the final year students by explaining the opportunities that they will be given if they are selected as Management Trainee. Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
Two faculty members from MNS department, Ms. Sharmin Akter and Mohammad Mosaddidur Rahman joined "Frugal Innovation Forum" on 9-11 November 2017 at BRAC CDM, Savar, Dhaka. The program headed with the title "Scaling quality education". As the world is moving towards a renewed direction regarding education for all so it is a platform for practitioners to explore frugal innovations in the global South. Frugal Innovation Forum 2017 has encouraged leaders and practitioners to debate around policy initiatives, find suitable partnership models and finance methods to enable appropriate environment for scaling up quality education through panels, discussions and informal conversations. The three days long program ended with an entertaining musical events.
Ms. Romana Siddique, Senior Lecturer of Biotechnology program at Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences had attended World Science Forum 2017 as a Young Scientist. She was invited by Royal Scientific Society of Jordan to attend WSF 2017 which took place from 7 to 11November 2017 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre at the Dead sea, Jordan, under the gracious Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and in the presence of the World Science Forum patrons, His Excellency Janos Ader, President of Hungary, and Her Excellency Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. In WSF she actively participated in the session, ‘Young Researchers Identify Skills of the Future to Advance Science Diplomacy and Society’, in which the panel of plenary speakers contained seven young researchers from around the world, representing each organization, to talk about the role that young scientists play in science diplomacy and in promoting peace through the establishment of shared communities and research collaborations. She also actively participated in a special session, Women in Science to Achieve SDGs.
The WSF ended with the release of the declaration of the 8th World Science Forum on ‘Science for Peace’. The declaration calls for improved quality in science education, as well as greater empowerment of young scientists and women scientists.
On 10th November 2017, a group of BBA students from “Production-Operations Management” course (section: 1,2 &4) went to a study tour in Sylhet. National Tea Company Ltd (one of the largest companies in Bangladesh having 18 tea gardens) was visited and its detail operations and supply chain was thoroughly examined. Mr. Mahbub, Asst. Manager of the tea estate assisted the visitors and briefed on how the process is managed. Students were very excited and seemed very keen to be exposed with the practical environment and they also believed that this hands-on exposure would always help them to grasp the theoretical knowledge in relating with theories that they learn in class.
The tour was facilitated by the course instructor Mr. Md. Tamzidul Islam, Asst. Professor, BRAC Business School and it was successfully planned and coordinated by Md. Nahid Mahfuz Khan Suchak (one of the students from the course).
In collaboration with Warwick University's Poverty Research Network, ENH and ESS organized an International Conference on Women, Poverty and Migration on November 9, 2017, at the BRAC Centre. The conference invited intellectuals and academics from a variety of disciplines to present their papers, with the goal of creating an interdisciplinary platform to discuss gender, poverty and migration. Professor Ann Stewart, School of Law, University of Warwick, said "We do not understand poverty holistically. Poverty is seen as uniform; its multidimensionality becomes lost when we talk of the impoverished." The conference was the second of its kind conducted by the Poverty Research Network and poses the question: 'Can other disciplines add a new understanding to the dimensions of poverty?' The conference had three sessions where the paper presentations mostly dealt with gender, poverty and migration, as the title of the conference suggests. Professor Firdous Azim, ENH, presented her paper titled ‘The Words that Govern Us: The Discourse around Women, Poverty’, and Dr. Rifat Mahbub, ENH, presented her work titled ‘Poverty, Migration and The Pen: Voices of Bangladeshi Migrants from ‘below’’. The conference also had a lively and interactive session, where Professor Firdous Azim was in conversation with poets Ayesha Siddiqua (book Ahoto Ami) and Md. Mukul Hossaine (book Me Migrant). The well-attended conference concluded with lively open discussion between presenters and attendees, students and academics.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) in association with Glaxo SmithKline Bangladesh Ltd (GSK) organized a career session named “Career Prospects in Glaxo SmithKline Bangladesh Ltd” on 9th November 2017 in BRACU Indoor Games Room UB03, BRAC University.
Mr. Stawb Peter Halder, HR Operations Manager & Rewards Lead, Human Resources, GSK Bangladesh delivered an overview on GSK, their position in this country, future plan for sustainability in the marketplace. He also shared his experience as an employee of the company with the students. At the second part of the session, he talked about the whole recruitment process of GSK with student participants.
The event concluded with a vibrant interactive Q&A session in which students raised queries about the career growth opportunities.
Mr. Kazi Shahnoor Kabir, and Ms. Shanzida Shahab Uddin, OCSAR were present at the session and coordinated the event.
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