IUB hosts UTA President
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 & 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 & staff and serving the community near & 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.
To share all this, Independent University, Bangladesh(IUB) hosted Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari, President, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) through a Symposium at the University campus in Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka on Friday, September 6, 2019.
Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was present as the Guest of Honor. He presented a short video titled ‘go ahead Bangladesh’, produced by ICTD. Mr. Palak, in the Symposium, recommended 3 significant proposals to make the nation thriving; i) Signing a tripartite MoU between ICTD, IUB & UTA, ii) setting up online education system comprehensively, and iii) ensuring appropriate work opportunities for Bangladeshi students who will go abroad for higher education.
Dr. Pranesh Aswath, Vice Provost for Academic Planning & Policy, UTA; Mr. A Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, Board of Trustees, IUB and Prof. Milan Pagon, Vice Chancellor(Acting) also delivered their speeches to the dignitaries.
Mr. A Matin Chowdhury stated on the issues of taking quick actions on staretized matters and suggested not to procrastinate so the opportunity goes away to be grabbed by others.
Prof. 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.
Mr. Mustaque Ahmed, Alumnus, UTA delivered the vote of thanks. Vice Chancellors from different private universities, Members of the Board of Trustees of IUB, Principals of leading College & Schools, academicians & researchers, media experts, members of alumni association of country’s leading universities, Deans, senior members of the faculty & administration, other dignitaries, and huge number of students attended this International Symposium.
The UTA team had a 2-day program with IUB while on day one, September 5, 2019, Dr. Karbhari met IUB Trustees & high officials for two-party collaborations. Both UTA & IUB identified the areas where they can collaborate to enhance the quality of higher education nationally & internationally by creating new methodologies of innovative learning to cope with 4th industrial revolution. Honorable Trustees of IUB; Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari, President, UTA; Dr. Pranesh Aswath, Vice Provost for Academic Planning & Policy, UTA; Prof. Milan Pagon, Vice Chancellor (Acting), IUB; 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 & experiences with faculties & students.