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Chinese Spring Festival at Dhaka University

Md. Ashiqul Islam

THE Chinese Spring Festival was held on 24 January at IML, Dhaka University. It was arranged by the Department of Chinese, IML. The festival is usually held in celebration of the first day of the Chinese year. In the ceremony, the students of Chinese Language performed Chinese and Bangla songs, poems, and dance. A student sang the theme song of 'Beijing Oliympic 2008'.

Prof. Zheng sang the song 'Beijing huaning ni' with a group of senior students. The main attraction of the program was the dance and instrumental performance by a 9-year-old Chinese girl. The host and hostess of the event were the Chinese students of Bengali language in IML, Dhaka University. Many Chinese gifts were presented to the students by lottery. At the end of the program students were entertained with a popular Chinese delicacy called 'Dumpling'. It is the main food of 'Chinese Spring.

In the ceremony the chief guest was the Director of IML Prof. Abdur Rahim was the chief guest and the counselor of the embassy of People's Republic of China, Mr. Liu was the special guest. Cultural attaché Cao Yanhua and the head of Chinese Department of D.U Afzal Hossain were also present on the occasion.

Weeklong Spring Orientation held at NUB

THE weeklong orientation ceremony of spring semester students in Northern University Bangladesh was held from 17-24 January 2009. The orientation ceremony was divided into two parts. In the first phase, the newly enrolled students of English, Law, Computer Science, Electronics & Communication Engineering and other departments were present while the orientation of Business faculty students was held in the second phase. The orientation ceremony included discussions and a study tour for the students. The NUB Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. M Shamsul Haque welcomed the students in the campus as chief guest of the event. The Chairman of IBAT Trust and Treasurer of NUB M. Abu Bakar Siddique, Director (HRD) M. Lutfor Rahman, Director (EDTP) M. Borhan Uddin, Dean of faculties and senior teachers were present on the occasion.

Work shop on Architectural Heritage Conservation at NSU

Rubaiyat Manisha

Recently a workshop on Architectural Heritage Conservation was organized by the Architecture Department of NSU. The event was held in association with the British Council, Bangladesh.

Ancient edifices are the material evidence of our past, a major means of communication with the tradition and heritage of a nation. In absence of adequate historical sources and writings, architecture is a veritable document. It is an exceptional common denominator between generations of people, linking the past with the present and the future. In addition to architectural, aesthetic, historic and even iconic value, these possess great emotional value as symbols of our cultural identity.

Dr Joanne Tippett talks about Participatory Planning @ ULAB

DR. Joanne Tippett, Lecturer in Planning & Landscape at the Department of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, spoke at a seminar on "Building resilience participatory planning and community creativity in a changing climate" at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) on 26 January 2009. Presided over by the Vice-chancellor of ULAB Professor Rafiqul Isalm, the event was attended by faculty members and young researchers.

Dr. Tippett, an expert in the field of community participation in ecological planning, talked about her research interests and experience in systems based ecological planning, capacity building and adaptive learning, and open source in knowledge propagation. She also introduced an innovative social enterprise start-up called Ketso for which she recently developed a toolkit that generates ideas for participatory community planning and creativity. Dr. Tipett has worked in community participation and ecological planning in Lesotho, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon.

PhD Conferred

Tareef Hayat Khan
Architect Tareef Hayat Khan, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST), Dhaka, has been awarded Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Architecture, by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) during its 178th Graduation Ceremony held in Asia-World Expo Auditorium, HK. His thesis topic was 'Living with Transformation: A Case Study of Self-built Houses in Dhaka'.

A graduate of Architecture (B.Arch), from BUET, Dhaka, in 1995, he also got his Masters in Architecture (M.Arch) and Masters in Artificial Intelligence (M.A.I) from the Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium, in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

Swarnali Islam
Swarnali Islam has been awarded the degree of PhD by the Syndicate of University of Dhaka. The topic of her thesis was 'Study of Steroidal Drug Delivery from Biodegradable Polymeric Systems using in situ Formation of Implants for Parenteral Administration'. Her Supervisor was Prof. Dr. Rezaul Jalil of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Dhaka University.

MBA Spring 2009 Batch Orientation at East West University

Ayesha Bari

THE Fresher Orientation Programme of Spring 2009 session of East West University was held in the auditorium of the University on 15 January 2009. Mr. Shelley A. Mubdi, President (Acting), Board of Directors, EWU was present as the chief guest in the programme. Professor Dr. Mohammed Sharif, Vice Chancellor of East West University chaired the program. Among others Mr. Shah Mutorza Ali, registrar of EWU, Professor Dr. M. Ruhul Amin, Dean, Dept' of Science and Engineering, Professor Dr. Nazrul Islam, Co-ordinator, Graduate Studies Dept' of Business Administration, Dr. Tanbir Ahmed Chowdhury, Chairperson, Dept' of Business and Economics were present in the orientation. Dr. Nazrul Islam, Coordinator, Graduate Studies welcomed the new students and delivered the vote of thanks. Md. Kayedul Islam, Promotional Manager, EWU MBA Club welcomed the newly enrolled students and invited them to join the club.

Teletalk-Dhaka Residential Model College Science Festival 2009

DHAKA Residential Model College organized “Teletalk-Dhaka Residential Model College Science Festival 2009” on 22nd January. The event was held on the premises of the institution. Participants from renowned institutions of Dhaka participated in the program. DRMC Principal Col Md. Kamruzzaman Khan inaugurated the 'Science festival 2009'. The objective of the program was to widen the domain of scientific knowledge of the students. Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed was the chief guest of the event.

Fresh faces in Asian University for Women

AUW's vision is to be a catalyst for positive change in the developing world, creating a new generation of inspiring female role models by giving them the education, preparation and opportunities they need to become leaders in their communities.

The Access Academy is a 12-month pre-university residential “bridge” program that provides students with a foundation in English, mathematics, quantitative reasoning and computer skills, as well as extra-curricular activities, counseling, study tours and internships. The 129 students at the Access Academy from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Cambodia and Sri Lanka live in a secure, all-women environment with their own IT lab, library and Internet access and are all expected to go on to study for their Liberal Arts degree at AUW. AUW's Acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Hoon Eng Khoo, said that the University's mission is based on the firm belief that education, especially higher education, provides a critical pathway to leadership development, economic progress, and social and political equity.

The University welcomes applications from different parts of Asia before February 15th. Forms are downloadable from its website www.asian-university.org.

Prothom-alojobs.com seminar on Career

Prothom-alojobs.com recently organized a seminar on "Education & Career Guidance" at the '3rd Education Worldwide Expo 2009', at Bashundhara Expo Centre, Bashundhara City. Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed, Director of People Innovation and Education, Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Quazi M. Ahmed, CEO, Future Leaders, Jishu Tarafder, CEO,CorporateCoach discussed various aspects of education and career guidance. Riyad Hossain, Head of Operations, Prothom-alojobs.com moderated the seminar.

Bangladeshi given Outstanding Educator Award

DR. Anisul M. Islam, Professor of Economics and Director of Economics and International Business degree programs, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas, USA, has been awarded the 2009 Thompson Southwestern Outstanding Educator Award for his excellence in teaching, service, and scholarly work in the field of economics and International Business. The award was given jointly by two professional organizations, the Academy of International Business-US Southwest Chapter and the Federation of Business Disciplines, and supported by the Thompson Southwest Publisher. Dr. Islam has received many other awards and recognitions over the years from the University of Houston-Downtown where he teaches. and from many national and international organizations.

Dr. Islam completed his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. degrees from Dhaka University, Bangladesh and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1985. He was also a faculty member of the Dhaka University Economics Department from 1975 to 1977.

Dr. Islam has co-authored several books and has published many articles in peer-reviewed professional journals in the area of economics, international business, and finance. In addition, he has received many awards and research grants. He serves in the editorial board of a number of professional journals. Dr. Islam is also involved in leadership capacity in several prestigious professional organizations in his discipline.

Annual Get Together at the English Department of Dhaka University

Jesmina Shanta

THE annual get together of the former students of the Department of English of Dhaka University was held at the Teachers Students Centre of the campus. It has always been a tradition of the department to celebrate the occasion on the last Friday of the year. This time with the strong effort of the alumni society of the English department, the function was held on the most awaited date. The website of the English department was also launched on the occasion by Rasheda K Chowdhury, the adviser of the past interim government and a former student of the English department. The function was followed by a raffle draw. Dr Khondaker Ashraf Hossain, chair of the department and the members of the alumni executive committee Ahmed Bashir and Jesmina Shanta conducted the raffle draw. The Walton sponsored the 1st prize, a microwave oven, and Mashrur Chowdhury, chairperson, Nandon Group, sponsored the other ten gift hampers. Dr Khandakar Ashraf Hossain, Professor and Chairman of the department, Professor Syed Manzoolrul Islam, Professor Fakrul Alam, Professor Sadrul Amin, Professor Rezaur Rahman, Professor Kaiser Haq, Asst professor Nafisa Jamal and many former teachers of the English department were present on the joyous occasion.

The department published a yearly souvenir, 'Alumni News 2008' which contains write-ups of the old and new students of the English department.

International Conference on 'Quality Seed and Food Security' at BAU

A three-day international conference on 'Quality Seed and Food Security' will be held at the auditorium of Syed Nazrul Islam Hall of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) from February 17-19. Agro-forestry Society of Bangladesh, Fruit Science Society of Bangladesh and Seed Science Society of Bangladesh will jointly organize this international conference. Scientists of international repute from home and abroad are expected to attend the conference. The conference will discuss issues relating to food security and quality seeds. National and international scientists and educationists who are willing to participate in the conference are requested to submit papers on or before 17 February 2009 to the organizers of the conference Professor Dr. M. A. Rahim and Professor Dr. G.M. Mujibar Rahman, Department of Agro forestry, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh.

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