5th Convocation

Held on February 7, 2010

President's Message

Mr. Md. Zillur Rahman

President
People's Republic of Bangladesh

I am pleased to learn that BRAC University is going to observe its 5th convocation on 7th February 2010. On this happy occasion, I extend my sincere felicitations to the graduates, their parents and the university authority as well.

Quality education is the essence of the time that to be ensured collectively.
Universities, I believe, as the centre of excellence would provide world-standard education to the students. Convocation, a solemn occasion of the university, recognises the academic achievements of the students that they have earned through long perseverance. It provides ample opportunities to the graduates to enter professional life and also gives some responsibilities to them for making welfare of the nation. I believe the graduates of the university would put their best endeavour for the well-being of the common people imbued with the sense of patriotism.

I wish the 5th Convocation of BRAC University a success.

Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.

Prime Minister's Message

Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister
People's Republic of Bangladesh

I am pleased to learn that the 5th Convocation of BRAC University is going to be held on 7 February 2010.
On this occasion, I extend my heartiest felicitations to graduating students and congratulate them on their achievement. Credit also goes to their parents, guardians, the faculty and all members of BRAC University, who have played vital roles in bringing the students to this hallowed juncture.

I hope that the graduates will nurture a dream to embrace the duty of transforming the socio-economic landscape of Bangladesh.

I wish the Convocation all out success.

Joi BangIa, Joi Bangabandhu May Bangladesh Live Forever

Nurul lslam Nahid M P

Minister
Ministry of Education and
Ministry of Primary & Mass Education
People's Republic of Bangladesh

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the graduates of BRAC University on the successful completion of their degrees. Each one of them has achieved an important milestone and will join the ranks of the increasingly distinguished alumni of this university.

I firmly believe that education is the most meaningful investment that society can make to make great strides in development, and in attaining the values of tolerance, mutual respect and enlightenment. The higher the level of education, the deeper will we root ourselves in a culture of democracy a culture that is integral to the economic and social transformation of our nation.

Needless to say, the skills and training that a good education provides equip an individual to better navigate the terrain of an increasingly complex world, and confront emerging challenges with greater confidence.

I urge the graduates to proceed on their journey with the idea that their education must have an outcome above and beyond what dividends it brings in their personal lives. At every step of the way, remember that you are the future leaders of Bangladesh and the future of our nation rests collectively on your shoulders.

I wish the graduates every success in their future endeavours. Joy Bangia, Joy Bangabandhu.

Governing Board President's Message

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
F H Abed
President
Governing Board, BRAC University

At the very outset, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to graduates of the Fifth Convocation of BRAC University. It is a moment of great pride for all of us, as this day represents a milestone in our onward journey to the realisation of our educational goals. It is not only our graduates, who deserve our congratulations today, but also thei r parents and the faculty and staff of the university, who collectively contribute to the vibrancy and excellence ofthis university.

In just nine years, BRAC University has come a remarkably long way. Recognised as one of the top-ranking private universities in the country, BRAC University has consistently endeavoured to provide the best education to its students, by offering courses and programmes that are relevant to the needs of the contemporary world. At the core of its vision lies a commitment to broad-based learning that leads to critical thinking and the ability to accommodate a diversity of perspectives.

Mindful of the critical needs of our society, the university has made great efforts to be a centre for innovation and cutting edge research, offering specialised postgraduate programmes in Governance, Public Health, Education, Development Studies, Business Administration, Journalism, Biotechnology, Applied Economics, Disaster Management, and English literature and Applied Linguistics.

My advice to our graduates today is that you reflect on what you have achieved so far while also remembering that there is so much more to learn. Your education is not just the sum of all its parts; rather, in its totality, it should enrich you with a deeper insight into the workings of the society and the world you live in. You have had the privilege of receiving an excellent education. With this privilege, though, also comes the responsibility to use this education for the betterment of our society, to improve the lives of all those who have not had the same opportunities that you enjoyed.

Congratulations and warm wishes for the future.

Vice Chancellor's Message

Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury
Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury
Vice Chancellor
BRAC University

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the fifth graduating class of BRAC University on this auspicious day.

With every year that goes by BRAC University is moving ahead with tremendous strides and our students and graduates are the finest proof of this progress. Our attainment today is the fruit of hard work, sincerity and devotion, and that is what we are celebrating today. Parents and guardians also deserve special recognition for all they have done to ensure that the graduating students reach this academic milestone successfully. Congratulations are due to them as well! And, needless to say, the faculty and staff that form the backbone of this institution deserve praise for always striving to help students achieve their full potential.

Understanding the complexities and challenges that the world poses is integral to one's higher learning and by dint of learning one joins the ranks of the privileged: those who are empowered to make tremendous differences in the lives of those who are less fortunate. And so it is, that I remind you to go forth as conscientious members of society who meet challenges head on. We have endeavoured to provide you with a broad-based education that will give you the knowledge necessary to succeed in your chosen profession. We have also tried to inculcate in you a desire for life-long learning. I am confident that the knowledge and training gained here will hold you in good stead in whatever career you choose to pursue in the future.

I hope all of you will succeed in following your dreams, and someday become leaders in your fields. Continue to learn from others, widen your knowledge and gain deeper wisdom: this is my advice to you for your future advancement!

Once again, I congratulate you on your achievement and wish you the best as you set out into the world.

Convocation Speaker's Messages

Marty Chen
Marty Chen
Convocation Speaker
Harvard Kennedy School

It is a great pleasure and privilege to congratulate BRAC University and its fifth graduating class.

We live in an interconnected yet troubled world that needs new answers to persistent old problems and emerging new problems - as well as a renewed commitment to social justice. The challenge facing higher education today is how to equip the next generation of leaders with the skills they need to find answers to complex development problems and the values they need to promote social justice.

Now eight years old, BRAC University has equipped five batches of graduates with many of the necessary skills and values. As the graduates pursue their careers in private enterprises, public service, or nongovernmental organizations, they will need to draw and build on these skills and values. I commend BRAC University - its founders, leaders, and faculty - for a job well done. And I congratulate the 2010 graduates of the University on their hard work and achievements.

Since 1971, Bangladesh has experienced greater economic growth and human development than was expected. Wide gender gaps in education, health, and employment have been narrowed. The graduates of BRAC University should take pride in - but also learn from - the key role that BRAC and other nongovernmental organizations have played in promoting economic and human development of Bangladesh. But major challenges remain, including democratic governance, employment outside of agriculture and the garment sector, and expanded access to health and education services.

Congratulations again to the founders, leaders, faculty, and students of BRAC University - and especially to the graduating class of 2010. I wish you all the best for your future work and for your commitment to human development and social justice.

 

Lincoln C. Chen
Lincoln Chen
Convocation Speaker
President, China Medical Board

It is a high honor for me to join you in this great celebratory event.

Graduation - like birth, marriage, parenthood - is a landmark event of life. It represents the culmination of much investment of talent, time, money, and most important of all very hard work! It also marks a milestone in your life growth and learning process. From classrooms and structured studies, you will move into applying, using, and adapting knowledge in pursuit of your life's endeavors.

As you embark on your lives and careers, these formative years will play an increasingly important, not diminishing, role. For what you do in life will not be based on what you have memorized in the classroom. Rather, the totality of your educational experience has shaped how you think, understand, communicate, and assess life's unfolding adventures. These attributes gained through the educational process - some in the classroom but most without - will determine how you navigate your life choices ahead. And never forget the friendships that will be sustained through your lifetime.

So, this Convocation is a rite of passage. It brings to fruition all of the earlier investments that you and your family have made. It also demarcates the social and educational assets you will bring into your future. And most important of all, it will enable you to shift your learning from the classroom to the continuous search for truth, knowledge, and values that will bring richness to your lives and careers.

I join in extending my heartiest congratulations to all of you, especially the graduates and their families, for their achievements. And may I offer my sincerest best wishes for the exciting promise of your futures.

Chairman, University Grants Commision of Bangladesh

Professor Nazrul Islam

Chairman
University Grants Commission of Bangladesh

I am pleased that BRAC University is celebrating its 51h Convocation. I congratulate the graduates on this auspicious occasion.

It is a source of pride for the nation, I believe, that the vision with which private universities have progressed since the Private University Act came into force more than a decade ago, is indeed commendable. This has added a new dimension to tertiary education in our country.

BRAC University has moulded itself as a centre for excellence in teaching and research, where young professionals of Bangladesh have found a platform for innovative thinking and action. I laud the university for its efforts to make its curricula relevant to the world we live in. BRAC University has also made efforts in providing scholarships to meritorious and underprivileged, students - a practice that could playa tremendous role in allowing some of the finest undiscovered minds of this country the opportunity to flourish.

It remains for me to wish you young graduates every success in your lives ahead and I hope that you will carry the spark of idealism imbued in you by this institution in all your future work.

Chief Guest's Message

Professor A. F. Salahuddin Ahmed
Professor A. F. Salahuddin Ahmed
Chief Guest

It gives me great pleasure to learn that BRAC University is holding its 4th Convocation on February 5, 2009. This is indeed a festive occasion not only for the graduating students and their families but also for every member of BRAC University family.

The Convocation is a happy occasion through which students receive their rewards for sincere and dedicated work throughout their programme of studies. I believe that the graduating students, with the quality education they have received from this great institution are prepared to face the challenges of a dynamic and fast changing world. I hope the students will make significant contributions in their respective professions and add value to their future endeavours.

I congratulate the graduating students, their parents. the faculty and administrations of BRAC University on this grand occasion.

Total Graduates: 563 Students  

Bachelor's degrees

387 Students

Postgraduate degrees

176 Students

 
   

Award of Gold Medals

Chancellor's Gold Medal For Year 2009

NUBAHA MAHBUB (Valedictorian)
Bachelor of Social Science in Economics

MATTHEW JAMES REEVE
Master of Public Health

Vice Chancellor's Gold Medal For Year 2009

KAZI MEFTAHUL ARE FIN
Bachelor of Architecture

NABILA NAUSHIN
Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering

SUPRIYO SHAFKAT AHMED
Bachelor of Electronics and Communication Engineering

SADIA HOSSAIN
Bachelor of Business Administration

NUBAHA MAHBUB
Bachelor of Social Science in Economics

NAUFELA NAFISA AHMED
Bachelor of Arts in English

M SANJEEB HOSSAIN
Bachelor of Laws

CAROLINE ANNE SCHNEIDER
Master of Arts in English

KAMELIA KHAN
Master of Business Administration

MATTHEW JAMES REEVE
Master of Public Health

ABU SALEH MOHAMMAD OBAIDULLAH
Master of Arts in Governance & Development