Professional Development Centre (PDC) of BRAC University (BRACU) has organised a two-day orientation for 25 new faculty members at GDLN Centre in BRACU’s Mohakhali campus in the capital.
On Sunday, 06 May 2018, Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb PhD delivered a welcome speech for the new faculty members at the orientation titled “Steps to Success at BRAC University”. He said BRACU recruits highly qualified teachers for they were the heart of a university.
BRACU’s two biggest achievements are its continued growth in student enrolment and being adjudged Bangladesh’s top private university in QS Asia University Rankings 2018, made possible solely for the dedication of faculty members and staff, he said.
Lady Syeda Sarwat Abed, founder and director of the BRAC Institute of Languages, was present.
Registrar Lt Col Md Foyzul Islam (Retd) gave a presentation on the campus community and on the Office of Co-Curricular Activities, Office of Academic Advising, and Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations.
Senior Manager at Human Resources Department Shadia Alam gave a short presentation on performance management, promotion and probation. Campus Superintendent of Savar campus Rehan Ahmed gave an overview of the curriculum of the residential semester. Psychosocial Counselor Shami Suhrid talked about the role of Counseling Unit.
Rakib Avi from BRAC Social Innovation Lab gave a presentation on the synergy between BRAC and BRACU. PDC Assistant Director Shaheen Akhter hosted the program and gave an introduction of PDC.
On Monday, 07 May 2018, faculty members along with the PDC officials went to the BRAC regional office in Manikganj around 10:00am and visited field programs over microfinance, health and education in Manikganj Sadar, Betila and Baniajuri.
While visiting microfinance program faculties got the opportunity to interact with Village Organisation (VO) members. One VO member Najma, who is taking microfinance service from BRAC for almost 35 years, shared her success story with the visitors.
Faculties then met one of the health workers, who are mostly women, and one nurse of BRAC health program. Health worker Maloti Bosak said she has been working with BRAC for the last 15 years and the respect and love she got was her greatest motivation.
The faculty members then went to a BRAC school to witness an education program. They spent some quality time with children and an official of BRAC education program explained the selection procedure of children for admission.
The program ended with a visit to Ayesha Abed Foundation. There they witnessed the production of furniture and natural dyes and how clothes got patterns through the use of motifs.