News Archive

Tag: Announcement, Administration
Publish Date: June 18th, 2017


BRAC University will remain closed for 'Eid-Ul-Fitr' from Sunday, June 25 to Thursday, June 29, 2017.

BRAC University will remain open on Saturdays, July 8 and 15, 2017 to make-up for June 28 and 29, 2017 & follow the academic schedule of Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29, 2017 respectively.

 

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Registrar

Tag: Announcement
Publish Date: June 15th, 2017

You can go to Google Play store and directly type “BRACU Mobile” and access the App and download app (install) in your Android Based mobile phone or you can download app from http://bracu.ac.bd/campus-life/apps

Key Features of BRACU MOBILE APP

v 1.0 :

  • Students Login: View grades, enrolled courses, class/exam schedules and perform pre-advising
  • Announcements: View latest University announcements
  • Academic calendar: View academic calendar
  • News Updates: Read the latest news of BRAC University
  • Events: Browse a wide variety of events from BRACU Events Calendar
  • Apply online: Direct link for applying into the University
  • University library: Search library collections and resources in the University Libraries
  • Location map: Locate BRAC University and see your relative location and explore BRACU campus by zooming
  • Social media: Live Facebook feeds. Follow BRACU on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr and Linkedin
  • Contacts: All important contacts in one place
  • Important links: List of important links and website
  • LMS: Learning Management System
  • DSpace: Browse tons of papers in DSpace
  • Video: University video stream
  • Photos: University photo gallery
  • BRACU Anthem: Listen to BRACU Anthem
  • QR Reader: Included QR code (Quick Response Code) reader will convert QR code to human readable form
  • Push Notification: Get live notifications instantly and get connected with what is happening around BRACU
  • Feedback: Mail us your feedback and suggestions on the BRACU Mobile app
  • About: Basic information about the   application and BRAC University


The mobile app will be under continuous development and we are open to suggestions.

Tag: Announcement
Publish Date: June 15th, 2017

NOTICE

Dear students,

You are requested to collect your RS Activity certificate on Monday, June 19, 2017 from 9am to 3pm. Please collect the certificate from Mr. Jabed Rasel , Senior officer, Office of Co Curriculum Activities, UB-06. Mohakhali Campus.

 

Mitali
Coordinator
Experiential Learning & RS Activities 
BRACU, Savar Campus

Tag: Announcement
Publish Date: June 14th, 2017

Scholarships / Financial Aid for Summer-2017

Date: June 4, 2017

(Students of Pharmacy Department)

Students interested to apply for Scholarships / Financial Aid under any category will need to submit both the recommended application form of BRAC University, available at the Information desk and the Online application form.

Complete the online application form by visiting:

usis.bracu.ac.bd

(Login to your usis account and click on the scholarship button) *If unable to complete the online application, please contact the Information Desk

  • All new applicants will be required to pay 400/- at the time of submission of the filled out form.
  • Students applying for their Performance Based tuition fee waiver will be required to pay a fee of 400/- at the time of submission of the filled out form.
  • Students applying for renewal of their tuition fee waiver in all categories need not to pay any fee.

Forms will be available at the information desk from June 11, 2017. The last date for submitting the filled out form along with grade sheets and photocopy of advising form is June 22, 2017.

The last date for paying tuition fees for the applicants of Scholarships and Financial Aid for Summer-2017 is July 13, 2017 (Thursday).

  • No late fees will be charged within this time.

Note: Scholarship must be adjusted before Mid-term of the respective semester.

Please note that all categories of tuition fee waiver will depend on the availability of fund.


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Ismat Shereen
Head, RMO (Relationship Management Office)

 

Tag: Announcement
Publish Date: June 14th, 2017

Call for BRAC Scholarship Application (Fall-2017)

Date: June 14, 2017

BRAC Scholarship offers full tuition waiver, living allowance and book allowance (in some cases) to meritorious students who come from disadvantaged financial communities.

Interested BRACU students with CGPA ≥3.00 and obtained a GPA of 4.00 from Science, Arts and Commerce (Without 4th subject) in SSC and HSC or Equivalent and whose monthly family income is not more than Tk. 20,000/- (Taka Twenty Thousand only) may apply for BRAC Scholarship.

All applicants are required to submit both the recommended application form of BRAC University, available at the Information desk and the Online application form.

Complete the online application form by visiting:

usis.bracu.ac.bd

(Login to your usis account and click on the scholarship button)  *If unable to complete the online application, please contact the Information Desk

  • Scholarships/Financial Aid Application Form of BRAC University will be available at the information desk from June 14, 2017.
  • All applicants will be required to pay Tk. 400/- at the time of submission of the filled out form.
  • The last date for submitting the filled out form is July 03, 2017.


Call for Need Based Scholarship Application (Fall-2017)

Date: June 14, 2017

Interested BRACU students who have completed 9 (Nine) credits with CGPA ≥3.25 and whose monthly family income is not more than Tk. 25,000/- (Taka Twenty-five Thousand only) may apply for Need Based tuition fee waiver. 

All applicants are required to submit both the recommended application form of BRAC University, available at the Information desk and the Online application form.

Complete the online application form by visiting:

usis.bracu.ac.bd

(Login to your usis account and click on the scholarship button)  *If unable to complete the online application, please contact the Information Desk

  • Scholarships/Financial Aid Application Form of BRAC University will be available at the information desk from June 14, 2017.
  • All applicants will be required to pay Tk. 400/- at the time of submission of the filled out form.
  • The last date for submitting the filled out form is July 03, 2017.


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Ismat Shereen

Head, RMO (Relationship Management Office)

Tag: Department of Architecture
Publish Date: June 9th, 2017

With a view to bringing to the fore a critical conversation on urban densities in developing countries, the Department of Architecture at BRAC University hosted a symposium, titled “Unpacking Dhaka: 1st International Congress on Ultradense Urbanism” in collaboration with Open Studio, based at the University of Arkansas, USA. The congress was planned in two phases, with a 2-day symposium from 4-5 June, 2017, that sought to explore various cultural, social, political and economic ramifications of high urban density. A host of national and international speakers offered a multidisciplinary analysis of urban density. The symposium was followed by a 3-day workshop for the students of the Department of Architecture, from 6-8 June, 2017. Professor Ansar Ahmed, Pro vice-chancellor, BRAC University, graced the occasion as Chief guest and Professor Adnan Zillur Morshed, Chairperson of the Department of Architecture, BRAC University, as the keynote speaker.

On the first day, Architect Tanzil Shafique, an alumnus of BRACU and co-director of Open Studio and Dr. Javier Sanchez Merina, a professor at the University of Alicante, Spain, discussed the politics of embodied experience in creating an urban narrative. This discussion led to another conversation about the proximity of built forms - their impact and “negative density” in between apartment buildings. In this session, architect Fawaz Rob, an architecture professor at the North South University, introduced the roles of anthropometry and ergonomics in the old and new parts of the city and how lives adapt to these phenomena. 

The theme of the second day revolved around presentations by Dr. ShamsulHoque and Dr. Ruben Garcia Rubio, who discussed the relationship between density and urban communication - how dense planning can support compact transportation. In the next session architect Sujaul Khan and Dr. Paco Mejias presented two case studies: Dhaka and the American city. Both the speakers advocated smaller building footprints, not only as key element of sustainable urbanism, but also as narratives deeply embroiled in ongoing political situations.

The conference ended with a stimulating panel conversation with the following participants: Professor Adnan Zillur Morshed, Architect Jalal Ahmed, Professor Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Dr. Javier Sanchez Merina and Dr. Paco Mejias, who critically made the distinction between urban density and urban congestion in disparate contexts of cities around the world. One of the contentious points was how to approach the extreme population density in urban slums without an “ivory tower” attitude.

The following 3-day workshop was planned for the students to work in groups focusing on four critical themes. The coordinators of the workshop chose Karail as their ground for research based on the fact that this area offers one of the densest living conditions in an urban context.

Out of the four themes, “The Body in the Space” looked at changes within infrastructural systems in relation to human comfort in outdoor spaces. It presented methods of improving outdoor living conditions and green roofing through proposals such as shading devices made from discarded sarees and bamboo. The theme of “The Social and the Political” generated innovative discussions around emergency water tanks to be hidden in the minaret of a mosque, allowing water storage for fire fighting.  The third group, zeroing in on “Movement in the City,” developed models in which boating facility and aquaculture became part of a broader issue of urban mobility. The fourth group, “Architecture in the Fabric,” proposed stilted housing, freeing up the ground as community spaces.

The event has been supported by Binyash Limited and the Angan Lecture Series, Department of Architecture, BRAC University.

Tag: BRAC Institute of Languages, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Publish Date: June 8th, 2017

Five chess players of BRAC University Chess Club (BUCHC) have achieved international rating after participating in 11th Amrita Lal Dey International Rating Chess Tournament held in Barisal. World Chess Federation (FIDE) has officially published the players’ names and ratings on their website.

The newly rated chess players are the university’s current students Mohammad Shakil, Nahian Habib, Golam Yeazdani and Nahian Raonak from the Computer Science and Engineering Department (CSE). Md. Hasnat Awal, an alumni and a recent graduate from BRAC Business School also earned rating from the same tournament.

Seventeen chess players from the chess club participated in the tournament including the club’s rated chess players. Ejaz Hossain, a visually impaired MA in TESOL student, won prize in his rating category and Mohammad Shakil from the Computer Science & Engineering became the best non-rated player.

The chess club of the university currently has 13 rated chess players. BRAC University Chess Club aims to promote chess as an educational tool to develop students’ cognitive abilities and critical thinking skills.

 

Tag: Department of Economics and Social Sciences
Publish Date: June 7th, 2017

As part of the IQAC Self Assessment Survey Results Dissemination, the Self Assessment Committee of ESS Department has organized a workshop on June 6th at ESS Lounge. The workshop was aimed to share the survey results among all the Faculty Members and Staff of Economics Program.

Tag: Announcement
Publish Date: June 5th, 2017

Tag: Department of Architecture
Publish Date: June 3rd, 2017

With the idea of promoting and highlighting the traditional handloom Jamdani, a 5 day long exhibition “Jamdani Story” was organized at Gallery Cosmos 2 in New DOHS, Mohakhali, by two Assistant professors from the Department of Architecture BRAC University, Dr. Nandini Awal and Sheikh Rubaiya Sultana, along with her sibling Sheikh Sabia Sultana.

Renowned dance artiste Shamim Ara Nipa inaugurated the event on 2nd June 2017. Chairperson of Department of Architecture, BRAC University, Professor Adnan Morshed attended the event with his wife.

With the objective of merging the purity of traditional motifs with contemporary design, the unique Jamdani sarees displayed showed an excellent selection of color, fabric and design. The inception of the idea came about through a research on social business, where local artisans and their skills encouraged the designers to work on this unique initiative.

Co designer Sheikh Rubaiya Sultana stated, “With its rich heritage, Jamdani is an integral part of the Bengali culture and its rituals. However, the art of Jamdani designing is deteriorating due to the low income of the weavers who are not able to earn the bare minimum compared to the effort induced in making the Jamdani. We consider Jamdani as an art therefore the goal was to revive the passion for Jamdani and promote the weaving industry.”

Tag: Administration
Publish Date: June 1st, 2017


Photo courtesy: PM Office

BRAC University and Access to Information (a2i) Programme signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Prime Minister’s Office on June 1, 2017.

Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar, Director General (Administration) of Prime Minister’s Office, and Project Director of the a2i Programme chaired the programme. Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor of a2i Programme, highlighted the objectives of MoU signing in his welcome speech. He stated that, the path of innovation in government services becomes more open through this MoU signing. BRACU University will get support, information and collaboration fromthe government to carry out research and to engage in innovation designing which will increase the involvement of faculty and students in research and innovation. Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar further stated that, if government and non-government organizations work jointly, the value of government services will increase tremendously to bring overall benefit to large number of the people of Bangladesh, especially the underprivileged, and save time, cost and travel related hassles of the underprivileged citizen. Such services using modern communication channels and internet will help the general people of Bangladesh.

Professor Ansar Ahmed, Ph.D, Pro Vice-Chancellor of BRAC University signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of BRAC University. Engr. N.I.M Alamgir, Head of Information Technology, Hasina Afroz, University Librarian, Md. Arifuzzaman, Senior Assistant Registrar, Md. Mahi Uddin, Assistant Registrar were also present on this occasion on behalf of BRAC University.

a2i and BRAC University will jointly implement and coordinate research, training and evaluation programs and strategies; which will help the govt. departments to work jointly for functional use and expansion of knowledge which may be used to develop the whole country, creating innovative project ideas for solving social problems. This will play a vital role in bringing positive changes in the service sector of the country. This agreement will also serve as a catalyst for creating skilled human resources by increasing the capability of the information and communication technology of various departments and institutes of the university.

Tag: BRAC Business School
Publish Date: May 31st, 2017

Publications

A five-page interview was published in ORTHOJOGOT (a bimonthly financial magazine) Issue No. 3 of 2017. The interview dealt with expectations regarding the upcoming budget, likely growth rate of GDP, the need for district budget, the financial situation of state-owned banks etc.

An article titled “In Defence of Growth” was published in The Financial Express dated 31 May. The article highlighted the importance of growth acceleration even at the cost of some increase in inequality in low income countries such as Bangladesh with large number of people below poverty line because empirical studies show that growth is the most important determinant of poverty alleviation.

A three-page interview was published in a Bengali weekly journal Shaptahik dated 25 May. The interview dealt with the prevailing investment environment, capital flight, non-performing loan in the banking system, implementation failure of successive budget etc.

Other Activities 2017

02 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Mr. Md. Irffan, Chief Executive Officer of Asian Tigers Capital (an Asset Management Company) participated in a discussion on expectations from upcoming budget for reinvigorating the capital market broadcast by TV channel NTV.  

03 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participant in a discussion broadcast by TV channel 71. The other participants were Mr. Ahsan Mansor, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute and Mr. Syed Nasim Manzoor, immediate past President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The subject matter of the discussion was the upcoming budget—its size, implications of proposed VAT, sectorial priorities in allocation and implementation capacity of the administrative machinery. 

03 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Mr. Matlub Ahmed, President of FBCCI and Mr. Mamun, Rashid Partner PWC Bangladesh and former Dean BRAC University Business School participated in a discussion broadcast by Jamuna TV. The focus of the discussion was the capital flight from Bangladesh. Actions needed to reduce / eliminate this malady were reviewed. 

13 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the Chief Guest at a program titled “Debate for Democracy”. The subject matter of the discussion was “Discipline in the Financial Sector”. The discussions focused on efforts by the government and the Central Bank to ensure a healthy banking system, successes and failures of these efforts and policy actions needed to address the emerging stresses of the banking system.  

14 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participated in an Expert Group Consultation convened by the World Bank Bangladesh. The other participants were Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman (Former Advisor Caretaker Government), Dr. Farashuddin (former Governor Bangladesh Bank) and Mr. Farooq Sobhan (Former Foreign Secretary and presently Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute). The discussions dealt with recent developments in the macroeconomic scenario of Bangladesh, short term as well as long term challenges and identification of priority policy initiatives to deal with the challenges. 

16 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member General Economic Division of the Planning Commission participated in a talk-show broadcast by TV channel DBC. The discussions dealt with recent changes in some important macroeconomic indicators and their implications for GDP growth of Bangladesh in FY 2017.

20 May: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Mr. Matlub Ahmed, President of FBCCI and Mr. Syed Nasim Manzur, former President of MCCI participated in a talk-show broadcast by Channel 71. The discussions focused on various aspects of the upcoming budget— its realistic size, reasonable rate of VAT, measures needed to increase private sector investment and financing of infrastructure.

20 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the only discussant in a TV program broadcast by Jamuna TV. The subject matter of discussion was the pros and corns of the proposed VAT.

22 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the Chief Guest at a program in which IDLC (a leading non-bank financial institution) launched an open end mutual fund. The potential role that an effectively managed mutual fund can play in strengthening investors’ confidence and thereby in the development of the Capital Market was discussed.

24 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was a panelist in a seminar organized by the daily Bengali newspaper Amader Shomoy. The subject matter was the upcoming budget. The other panelists included Dr. A. Majid, former Chairman National Board of Revenue, Mr. Salam Murshedy, Former President of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association and several other eminent economists and business leaders. 

27 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was a panelist in a discussion on various aspects of the FY2017-18 budget. The discussion was organized by Policy Research Institute (PRI) and TV Channel 71. The proceedings were directly broadcast by Channel 71. The panelists included about a dozen eminent economists and a few retired Secretaries to the Government of Bangladesh.

29 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the Special Guest at a round table discussion organized by The Finance Alumni Association of Dhaka University. The subject matters were declining flow of remittance, development of bond market, young entrepreneurship development and infrastructure financing. Mr. M A Mannan, the State Minister of Finance and Planning was the Chief Guest.

29 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam along with Dr. Nazneen Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies participated in a talk-show broadcast by TV channel NTV. The discussions dealt with various aspects of the upcoming budget including government grant to state-owned banks for meeting capital adequacy, value added tax and implementation capacity of the government in both revenue collection and government projects.

30 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the only discussant in a TV program broadcast by NTV.

31 May:  Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the only discussant in a TV program broadcast by Channel 24 and another one broadcast by ATN Bangla.

Tag: Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Publish Date: May 31st, 2017

Arik Rafiquddin Ahmed, a student of applied physics and electronics program in the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department presented his thesis work  on May 31, 2017. The thesis work was supervised by Mr. Avijit Das from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, BRAC University. The Examination Committee  was chaired by Professor A. A. Z. Ahmad. Professor A F M Yusuf Haider, Professor Toffazol  Hossain and Dr. Firoze H. Haque were also present in the Viva-Board as members of the Examination Committee. The research work carried by Arik Rafiquddin Ahmed was appreciated by the Examination Committee.

Tag: Announcement
Publish Date: May 31st, 2017

Tag: Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Publish Date: May 31st, 2017

C3ER, BRAC University completed the first phase of field investigation to assess the climate change loss and damage in Bangladesh under the project titled Floating Houses: Community Based Flood Resilience Innovations in Bangladesh funded by KPMG East Africa Limited. The field survey was conducted at Kutubdia Upazila of Cox’s Bazar district from 15-30 May 2017.

During the field investigation several KIIs, FGDs, IDIs and household questionnaire surveys were conducted at the selected Upazila. The main objectives of the field visit were to collect valid information on damage to housing, damage to community livelihood and impact of the disaster on livelihood, health mobility, water supply and sanitation,  poverty and occupational vulnerability, psychosocial impact and gender, education and governance system. About 102 questionnaire surveys were conducted, which covered the household information of different classes and occupations. The survey conduction had also put a sharp concentration on the vulnerable households.

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