The World Bank is taking second generation ‘Higher Education Acceleration and Transformation (HEAT)’ project for developing women education, creating skilled graduates, and ensuring good governance in the higher educational institutions in the country.
World Bank officials at a workshop said the design of the five-year long HEAT project is expected to be completed in June 2019, after extensive consultations of the relevant stakeholders and citizens.They also said the core goals of this project are to establish a regional network of higher education institutions, improve teaching, learning and research to support graduate employability and improve the higher education management of the country.
University Grants Commission (UGC) organised a workshop on the proposed HEAT project at the commission’s office in the capital on Saturday for taking opinions from the stakeholders.
Addressing as the chief guest at the day-long workshop, UGC chairman Prof Abdul Mannan pointed out of the success of ongoing Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP).
He also mentioned about the proposed HEAT project of the World Bank saying that “HEAT’s aim is to enhance the employability of our graduates through the development of regional network and improving the system level of governance of our higher education.”
WB Senior Operations Officer Dr Mokhlesur Rahman said that WB will continue its support to improve the quality and standard of Bangladesh’s tertiary education.
HEQEP started its journey in 2009 and will end in December 2018.UGC Member Prof Dr Md Akhtar Hossain presided over the workshop while UGC Secretary Dr Md Khaled and WB Lead Economist Dr Venkatesh Sundararaman also spoke, among others.
UGC Member Prof Dr Dil Afroza Begum, WB Senior Education Economist Dr Shiro Nakata, Vice-Chancellor of different public and private universities, female students, employers, educationists, high-officials from different ministries were also present at the programme.