On the chilly morning of Wednesday, January 24, 2024, BRAC University welcomed its new students for the Spring 2024 semester with a vibrant Freshers' Orientation program. The event started with the National Anthem.
Ms. Tahsina Rahman, the Joint Director of Student Life, led the proceedings, ensuring everyone was fully engaged in the experience.
Dr. Dave Dowland, the Registrar of BRAC University, gave the opening remarks. He encouraged the incoming students to make the most of the many opportunities available, including the university's sustainable green campus.
He also emphasized preserving this innovative space as a productive ground for research and innovation.
Dr. Samia Huq, the Dean of the School of General Education, explained BRAC University's unique educational philosophy. The university offers a holistic, comprehensive liberal arts education that combines traditional classroom learning with transformative experiences and global engagement.
Dr. Rubana Ahmed, the Proctor of BRAC University, discussed the extensive support system provided by the proctor's office and the SHEBREC team. She emphasized their commitment to addressing academic and non-academic challenges and creating a nurturing environment. Dr. Ahmed urged students to uphold the university's core values, emphasizing kindness and mindfulness in all interactions, including social media.
The highlight of the event was the Panel Discussion, where distinguished guests shared profound insights into the relationship between academia, industry, and business. Mr. Khairul Basher, Director of Communication at BRAC University, moderated the discussion, which explored the ever-evolving dynamics in these areas. The esteemed panelists included Mr. Yousup Faruqu, Country Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh, Mr. Fahim Ahmed, CEO of Pathao, and Dr. Sadia Hamid Kazi, Chairperson of CSE at BRAC University.
The discussion highlighted the importance of building meaningful connections with alumni and teachers, especially in an era dominated by knowledge and artificial intelligence. Pursuing one's passions and being a guiding light for others through one's achievements emerged as key themes.
The event concluded with a speech by Professor Mohammad Mahboob Rahman, Ph.D., the Treasurer of BRAC University, who encouraged students to embrace every opportunity and reminded them that the university was not just a place of learning but a nurturing community devoted to fostering growth and excellence. The university also honored outstanding students for their accomplishments during the orientation program.
The orientation program ended with an electrifying band concert that enthralled the audience. The gifted musicians showcased a diverse, captivating program, culminating in a powerful finale. The event was a grand celebration of values, opportunities, and aspirations and a remarkable start to the students' academic journey.