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Empowering the poor: A Microfinance initiative

Alliance Forum Foundation (AFF) in affiliation with BRAC Development Institute (BDI) held their fourth run of the introductory course titled 'Financial Services for the Poor'. The programme is designed to help students and working professionals gain a holistic understanding of microfinance. The two week programme took place primarily at BRAC's main office in Mohakhali, where several lecturers along with Professor Syed M Hashemi, Director, BRAC Development Institute, covered various theories ranging from Microfinance Origin and Expansion, Coping with Risk and Insecurity, Microfinance Products, Pathways for the Poorest: The BRAC Ultra Poor Program and so forth.

This year there was a total number of 15 participants from six different countries- Japan, Iraq, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, Tonga and Ghana. Two local participants from BDI also took part in the programme. AFF and BDI are expected to host the fifth session of this programme in December 2011.

IUB Seminar on Online TV channel for Bangla

Dr Saiful Islam, Senior Engineer, IBM USA the Speaker of the seminar is seen with IUB VC and officials of IUB. Courtesy: IUB

The office of Career Guidance and Placement (CGP) at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) organised a seminar on June 29, 2011 at the IUB Campus, Bashundhara, Dhaka on “BDesh TV An Online TV channel for Bangla programmes and video streaming platform for future.”

Dr Saiful Islam, Senior Design Engineer, IBM, USA and Director, BDesh TV, USA was the key note speaker. Professor Omar Rahman, Vice Chancellor of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) inaugurated the seminar.

The objective of the seminar was to highlight a video presentation platform and its application to create an online TV channel. The talk communicated professional enrichment to students and faculty members who are paying attention to new media, state of art technology and entrepreneurship.


Tonima Jahan an O'Level student of St. Jude's International School received crest from the chief guest Advocate Ajmatullah Khan, Mayor, Tongi Pourashava for scoring the highest mark in the world in Economics in EDEXCEL examination at the prize giving and progress report distribution function. The programmed was chaired by Dr Augustine Cruze, Principle, St Jude's International School held on July 1, 2011 at Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Dhaka.

Career Festival at SUB

“Career festival 2011” was held at the State University of Bangladesh (SUB) on June 28-29. It was jointly organised by SUB and StepUP Foundation, Future Vision and Perfect Solution. The main topics of discussion were divided into two main categories. One was a general session and the other one, a technical session. Discussion of general sessions included success in education, career and life; career planning, career as an entrepreneur and other fields. Students from other educational institutions were also welcomed to participate in the career festival.

Raffles Design Institute commences new term

Students showing eagerness towards the new course. courtesy: raffles design institute

Raffles Design Institute, Dhaka commenced its July Term with 'Fashion Marketing and Management' as a new course of study for Bangladesh students. This third study path bridges the distance between 'Business Administration' and 'Fashion Design'.

During the Orientation Day on July 3, 2011 College Director, Terence Tan, shared with students and parents the necessity of premium education in Bangladesh, especially in Business and Fashion. Terence Tan highlighted that the students' well-being and safety, their personal and intellectual growth, and their future life and career are of utmost importance.

Pharmacy Council visits NUB

Members of education and accreditation committee, Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh visited the Department of Pharmacy, Northern University Bangladesh (NUB) on June 21, 2011. A B M Faroque, Member of the Pharmacy Council led the delegation. M Abu Bakar Siddique, Treasurer and acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr Md Nurul Islam, Registrar and Dr Md Harun Ar Rashid, Head of the Department of Pharmacy of NUB received the delegates. The purpose of the visit was the renewal of accreditation of the department.

The delegates visited the laboratories, classrooms, examination halls, library of the Department of Pharmacy of NUB.

The Yunus Centre announced an essay competition on the Social Business Day for the students residing in Bangladesh, aged between 18 and 25 on November 14, 2011. The theme is 'Achieving the Millennium Development Goals through Social Business'.

The essay should contain a maximum of 2,500 words, with an abstract of a maximum of 250 words, and reach Yunus Centre by July 31,2011.

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