IUB hosts int'l symposium with UTA
Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) hosted Dr Vistasp M Karbhari, president, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) through a symposium at the University campus, Dhaka recently.
"The perception of higher education has changed nowadays to a significant extent. 'Creating knowledge' approach is now becoming obsolete slowly and gradually. Instead, 'learning how to learn and create the appropriate effective and knowledge' is taking place", Dr Karbhari informed the full house audience of the symposium.
While educating beyond classrooms, creating lifelong educational paths, ensuring students' success, cultivating faculty and staff and serving the community near and far would be the prime objectives for creditable universities, nevertheless, Dr Karbhari emphasized on enhancing students' learning to safeguard these strategies by developing their appropriate career that can contribute universally, engaging them with communities, establishing global connections, creating leaders and conducting innovative researches that can truly make the difference and help coping with 4th industrial revolution.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, state minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was present at the symposium as the guest of honor. He presented a short video titled 'go ahead Bangladesh', produced by ICTD. Palak, in the conference, recommended 3 significant proposals to make the nation thriving i.e, signing a tri-partite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ICTD, IUB and UTA, setting up online education system comprehensively, and ensuring appropriate work opportunities for Bangladeshi students who will go abroad for higher education.
Dr Pranesh Aswath, vice provost for Academic Planning and Policy, UTA; A Matin Chowdhury, chairman, Board of Trustees, IUB and Professor Milan Pagon, vice chancellor (VC) (acting) also delivered their speeches to the dignitaries.
A Matin Chowdhury stated on the issues of taking quick actions on strategized matters and suggested not to procrastinate so the opportunity goes away to be grabbed by others.
Professor Pagon, in his speech, described why international collaboration is imperative for ensuring quality higher education. The principal objective of quality higher education is to build an industry-worthy workforce who can deliver in every community being universal experts, he added.
Mustaque Ahmed, alumnus, UTA delivered the vote of thanks. VC's from different private universities, members of the Board of Trustees of IUB, principals of leading college and schools, academicians and researchers, media experts, members of alumni association of country's leading universities, deans, senior members of the faculty and administration, other dignitaries, and huge number of students attended this international symposium.
The UTA team had a 2-day programme with IUB while on day one, 5 September, Dr Karbhari met IUB Trustees and high officials for two-party collaborations. Both UTA and IUB identified the areas where they can collaborate to enhance the quality of higher education nationally and internationally by creating new methodologies of innovative learning to cope with 4th industrial revolution. Trustees of IUB, Dr Vistasp M Karbhari, Dr Pranesh Aswath, Professor Milan Pagon, deans, concern unit heads of IUB were present in this meeting. The UTA delegates thereafter visited different schools, laboratories, library, Centers and other facilities of IUB and shared views and experiences with faculties and students.
IUB now looks forward to accomplish a very significant tri-partite MoU.