Existing Bangladesh’s stakeholders’ preparedness in Industry 4.0 will shape how they are remembered by future generations, ACI Group Chairman Anis Ud Dowla told an international conference of Brac University (BracU) on Friday, 26 April 2019.
The scale of tech jobs will be overwhelming having economical, political and societal impacts, while many traditional jobs will give way to those suited to the day and age, he said the three-day event at The Westin Dhaka.
Further academia-industry collaborations are required to aid Bangladesh’s economic revolution, added Dowla during the 2nd International Conference on Business and Management (ICBM) 2019 organised by Brac Business School (BBS).
Addressing the closing ceremony on Saturday, 27 April 2019, Professor Akbar Ali Khan of the BBS said work need to be done on better preparing students to undertake future challenges and responsibilities.
School dropout rates need to be lowered while enrollment increased, said Professor Mirza Azizul Islam of the BBS while suggesting on simultaneously increasing investment to raise employment.
The academia-industry interactions brought about by the conference will serve as a milestone in the education sector, encouraging such efforts which focus on creative thinking and research, said State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid.
Addressing as chief guest the closing of the event which bore the theme “Industry Focused Global Research Trends in Business and Management”, he also focused on the way tertiary education has developed, particularly BracU’s initiatives.
Addressing as a special guest, BracU Vice Chancellor Professor Vincent Chang PhD said the conference was a useful platform for sharing ideas and pairing current dynamics for it was an era of economic transformation.
BracU is committed to forming a global portfolio, he said, urging the conference’s foreign participants to enjoy Bangladesh, citing that it was one of the dynamic and hospitable countries.
The conference includes nine invited and eight industry talks involving prominent academicians and industry practitioners.
Among the participants were former Bangladesh Bank governor Professor Salehuddin Ahmed, IPDC Finance Limited Managing Director & CEO Mominul Islam, Mutual Trust Bank Limited Managing Director & CEO Anis A Khan and Abdul Monem Limited Deputy Managing Director ASM Mainuddin Monem.
Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor M Tamim, BBS Dean Professor Mahboob Rahman and ICBM 2019 Program Chair Associate Professor Mamun Habib also spoke at the event where four academic papers received accolade from over 170 presented in 24 parallel sessions.
There were also four keynote presentations and 24 parallel sessions connecting about 250 participants, including over 40 delegates from Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Nigeria, India, Sweden and Canada.
The conference’s platinum sponsor was ACI Limited; Abdul Monem Ltd, Brac Bank, IPDC Finance and Runner Motors Limited the gold sponsors; Mutual Trust Bank and bKash silver sponsors and AH Khan & Co and BBG, Singapore supporting sponsors.