Bangladesh is a developing country and its economy is in transition from traditional agriculture to industry, manufacturing and service sectors. Bangladesh intends to avail the opportunities offered by globalisation to build a knowledge-based society. Improving the quality of its higher education is vitally necessary to spur the country to a higher growth trajectory for attaining the middle income status within three to four years.
Southeast University (SEU), a prominent private university of the country, is serious about seeking global excellence and achieving higher rankings. With this aim in view, SEU has signed agreements with Wuhan Textile University, China, and Shinsu University, Japan. SEU also signed a Performance Contract with the University Grants Commission (UGC) to improve its quality of teaching, learning and research.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between SEU and Wuhan Textile University (WTU) of China was held recently at Ganobhaban in presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, where SEU Vice Chancellor Prof Anwar Hossain and WTU President Professor Wei Yiliang signed the MoU on behalf of their respective universities. Among others, Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Md Humayun Kabir Chowdhury and Dean (acting), School of Science and Engineering of SEU, Prof Syed Fakhrul Hasan were present.
Both the universities have committed to exchange and cooperate with each other culture and other aspects, provide new learning platform for Bangladeshi and Chinese people to learn and understand each other’s language and culture, create more chances for young students of the two countries to further their study in Bangladesh and China, build a friendship bridge between China and Bangladesh, and also make a positive contribution for development of bilateral friendship.
For advancement of research, education and international understanding, the School of Science & Engineering of SEU signed another five-year MoU with the Faculty of Textile Science & Technology, Shinsu University, Japan. Under the MoU, academic scholars and students will be exchanged, joint research programmes, conferences and seminars will be held and academic materials, publications and information will be exchanged.
Prof Syed Fakhrul Hassan, Dean, School of Science & Engineering, and Chairman, Department of Textile Engineering, SEU, and Prof Kunihiro Hamada, Dean, Faculty of Textile Science & Technology, Shinshu University, Japan, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective universities.
Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched a project titled Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) with the financial support of the World Bank and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB).
The aim is to empower university graduates with right skills for successfully competing in the global knowledge economy.
As SEU is keen to improve its quality of teaching, learning and research, it has signed a Performance Contract with the UGC.
The performance contract signing ceremony was held recently at the UGC Auditorium in the capital. Md Nazrul Islam Khan, secretary, Ministry of Education, graced the occasion as chief guest, while Professor Abdul Mannan, chairman, UGC, chaired the occasion. Prof Dr Abul Hashem, member UGC and Dr Md Moklesur Rahman, senior operations officer, World Bank, were present as special guests.
SEU Vice Chancellor Prof Anwar Hossain and Director of IQAC Prof Dr Md Abdul Hakim and UGC secretary Dr Md Khaled signed the agreement on behalf of their respective institutions. SEU already received fund from HEQEP to strengthen its Internal Quality Assurance Cell. Earlier, the Cell was formed at the university at the initiative of SEU Vice Chancellor Prof Anwar Hossain.
With a view to apprising the activities of the university, a four-member delegation of SEU led by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of SEU Trust, Md Rezaul Karim, met the President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, also the Chancellor of SEU, Md Abdul Hamid, at Bangabhaban in the capital.
Other members of the delegation were SEU Vice Chancellor Prof Anwar Hossain, Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Md Humayun Kabir Chowdhury and Registrar Major General (Retd) Kazi Fakhruddin Ahmed, psc. The delegates invited the President to confer degrees upon the graduates at the forthcoming 5th Convocation of SEU.
During the meeting, the delegates told the Chancellor that SEU is moving forward in rankings due to investment in research. Moreover, the SEU authorities offer more facilities, including scholarships, to meritorious students from poor families, they said.
Expressing his satisfaction, the Chancellor wished overall success of SEU and assured his all-out cooperation to the university authorities.
In an interview with this correspondent, SEU Vice Chancellor Prof Anwar Hossain said his university has set up a research and training institute under the supervision of a full-time Director to facilitate research and training at SEU. A budget of Tk 01 (one) crore has also been earmarked for the purpose. At present, several research projects are at the stage of completion, he informed.
Regarding MoU signing with Chinese and Japanese universities, the VC said it will create more chances for young students from SEU and Wuhan Textile University of China and Shinsu University of Japan to further their studies in Bangladesh, China and Japan. Waiver of IELTS is another benefit for Bangladeshi students during their admission in the foreign universities, he said, adding it will also help Bangladeshi students’ employment abroad.
Under the educational exchange programme, a similar MoU will be signed between SEU and Manchester University of Textile Engineering, United Kingdom, in near future, he informed. SEU encourages environment-friendly activities such as reclycling of wastepaper which ultimately discourages felling of wood time and again for manufacturing paper, he said.
SEU is poised to overtake other private universities in rankings in near future.