IQAC Webinar on 'Higher Education Responses, Challenges, and Solutions during Covid-19'
The Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of IUB organized an international webinar on “Higher Education Responses, Challenges, and Solutions during Covid-19” on October 5, 2020. Renowned Professor Dr Christophe Schinckus, Head, School of Accounting and Finance, Taylor’s University (TU) spoke in the event as the distinguished guest while four other accomplished academicians and policymakers namely, Professor Nazmun Nahar, Director, IQAC, North South University (NSU); Dr Sultan Mahmud Bhuiyan, Director, Strategic Planning and Quality Assurance (SPQA) Division, UGC,B; Associate Professor Dr Kalthom Husain, Senior Fellow, Education & Educational Technology, Albukhary International University (AIU); and Associate Professor Dr Mohammad Ashraful Ferdous Chowdhury, Faculty of Business Administration, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) also joined as special guests. Professor Milan Pagon, Vice-Chancellor (Acting), IUB chaired the Webinar and Professor Sarwar Uddin Ahmed, Director, IQAC, IUB moderated the Event. Mr Obydullah Al Marjuk, Additional Director, IQAC-IUB played the role of master of the ceremony.
Professor Chris discussed the overall impact of Covid-19 on higher education in the global and regional context. He considered designing assessments online and developing the trust of the stakeholders are the biggest challenges. Professor Nazmun presented both faculty and students’ perspectives on the current situation showcasing NSU’s damage-control initiatives. Dr Kalthom suggested some collective efforts to minimize the difficulties, such as to make a target group of students who might be the worst sufferers due to the pandemic and approach their situation in a customized manner. Dr Chowdhury focused on the challenges in the context of public HEIs in Bangladesh and introduced different initiatives taken at SUST. Dr Sultan provided a compendium of the challenges and responses by the HEIs in Bangladesh. The Chair of the session Professor Milan Pagon, Vice-Chancellor (Acting), IUB expressed his remarks on the fact that IUB is trying best in line with the world-class universities and addressing the pandemic with equal fervour. There was a QA session and open discussion in the end of the forum.