My experience in a Chinese university
It was a great pleasure and honor for me to lead a group of students of American International University Bangladesh (AIUB) to Zhejiang Gongshang University, China in a cultural exchange program. This exchange program was the brainchild of AIUB management. This program was arranged to give the students the essence of foreign culture, market, economy, so that when they will go into the real business world this experience will help them.
It was really difficult for me to control some 30 students. But my boys made my life easy by cooperating with me throughout the trip. The program schedule was prepared by the administrative office (International Affairs) of Zhejiang Gongshang University. The schedule was tough but very enjoyable, especially the SEPP (Special English Promotion Project) part. Our students had to meet the Chinese students (group consisting of 4-15 students) to exchange views about culture, economy, religion etc. As our students worked as teaching assistants, they were very friendly with the Chinese students. But they had to maintain certain protocol as they were acting as teachers. I am very glad that their performance was up to the mark.
Administrative works are more or less similar everywhere. Gongshang University's administration is very strict like Bangladesh's private university's administration. Chinese students have to attend morning classes as well as evening classes. If a student doesn't have any class during evening time, he/she has to go to library or look for vacant class rooms to study on his/her own. One officer has to ensure that students who don't have classes can't stay in the dormitory during evening time. I think this system is very effective and universities in Bangladesh can follow that.
Education is becoming more and more international. Not only are the materials becoming more influenced by the rich international environment, but exchanges among students at all levels are also playing more and more important roles. In Europe, for example, there's the Socrates-Erasmus network, stimulating exchanges across European universities. And the Soros Foundation provides many opportunities for students from Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
Some scholars argue that, regardless of whether one system is considered better or worse than another, experiencing a different way of education can often be considered to be the most important and enriching element of an international learning experience. So, it's very much needed for Bangladeshi universities to build up relationship with foreign universities. And only this way we can provide our students better future.
(American International University - Bangladesh)
Profile of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
Established in 1987, SUST is the first science and technology university in Bangladesh.SUST is a state-supported technical university located in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The campus is located in Kumargaon, approximately five kilometers away from Sylhet.
SUST has 21 departments under seven faculties. The faculties are:
School of Agriculture and Mineral Sciences
Department of Forestry
School of Management and Business Administration
Department of Business Administration
School of Medical Sciences
Sylhet Osmani Medical College
Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College
North-East Medical College
School of Life Sciences
Department of Biotechnology
Department of Genetics
School of Physical Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Department of Mathematics
Department of Physics
Department of Statistics
School of Applied Sciences & Technology
Department of Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Industrial and Production Engineering
Department of Petroleum & Georesources Engineering
Department of Tea Technology
Department of Architecture
School of Social Sciences.
Department of Anthropology
Department of Economics
Department of Political Studies and Public Administration
Department of Social Work
Department of Sociology
Department of EnglishBengali Language
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