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  • Listening to Student Voices

    Academic programmes across the world are becoming increasingly innovative, competitive and challenging. They are responding to changing times. There is also the realisation that, built in the right spirit, universities can generate enormous social capital and rich economic dividends.

  • Achieving universal literacy status: How far have we progressed?

    Right after the country’s independence, when the literacy rate in the country was 16.8 percent (according to UNICEF), a group of young people in Kochubari-Krishtopur, a village of Thakurgaon, started a movement to make all the villagers literate.

  • A clarion call for education in Rohingya refugee camps

    Two years after hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees started arriving in the Cox’s Bazar district of south-eastern Bangladesh, the need for services remains dire.

  • Transforming education, transforming youth

    Around the world, August 12 is celebrated as the International Youth Day. This year’s theme, “Transforming Education”, highlights efforts to make education more relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves.

  • Nationalising educational institutions: Opportunity or threat?

    Since indepen-dence, a unique policy initiative in Bangladesh has been to nationalise non-government schools or colleges or madrasas.

  • Why do the best minds of public universities perform so poorly in research?

    After I joined a leading private university in 2015, a question that puzzled me was why so many public university teachers are teaching at private universities.

  • Case for a critical review of our education

    This write-up comes on the heels of a recently-concluded international conference hosted by the Bureau of Economic Research and the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka. Amongst the many issues that were discussed on the pathways to achieve inclusive

  • Skills learning changes lives and must be lifelong

    Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged between 15-24 years—almost a fifth of the world’s population.

  • Primary education: Quality of learning must be the same for all

    Soon after the publication of my article on the art of teaching and learning at The Daily Star on June 28, a reader shared her thoughts with me. She worked with students in many government and NGO-run primary schools as part of a Teach for Bangladesh fellowship programme.

  • We must protect academic freedom and democracy in universities

    “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” — John Milton in Areopagitica (1644)

  • Research universities can light the way for tomorrow’s Bangladesh

    Higher education is rapidly expanding in developing countries. There were only four public universities at the time of Bangladesh’s inception as a sovereign country in 1971. The country has now a total of 43 public and 103 private universities. The number of students enrolled in universities has shot up from 4,11,717 in 2008 to10,28,314 in 2018 (BANBEIS). But what does it mean for economic development?

  • How Bangladeshi universities can make it to the world ranking

    Recently, there has been much discussion in Bangladesh about international ranking of universities.

  • Dhaka University’s ‘nervous nineties’

    The University of Dhaka has achieved a lot in these 98 years, and it has played a pivotal role in structuring the country’s economy, politics, society and development. Through the many scholars it has given birth to, the university has made inspiring strides in different fields and has taken academics substantially further from the point it was at almost a century ago.

  • The art of teaching and learning

    In a recent article (The Daily Star, June 13) Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb argued in favour of smaller class size and blending research with teaching for quality education.

  • Five-day school week can do wonders

    There can never be enough emphasis given to the importance of education. It’s a well-known fact that children who learn to read, write, add, and subtract provide a much better future for themselves, but even the superlative medicines are best served in adequate beneficial dosages.

  • Perspectives from the UK: Improving research in universities in Bangladesh

    In an article published by The Daily Star on 26 April, 2019, Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb shed light on the lack of attention given to research in many public and private universities in Bangladesh. He makes a compelling case for the need to strengthen university-

  • Unsatisfactory ranking: What can universities do to improve their performance?

    It came as a shock to many that no Bangladeshi university made it to the top 417 in Asia in the latest Times Higher Education ranking. This, however, should not have come as a surprise as international competitiveness of Bangladesh’s best universities has been declining over the years as reflected in previous rankings.

  • How universities can improve student satisfaction and quality of learning

    Societies in both developed and developing countries are increasingly aware of the vital role that university graduates can play to advance their economies. Many examples can be cited where graduates helped to pull their countries out of recession (David Willetts 2017).

  • Schooling the deprived children: “One size” cannot fit all

    In Sariakandi upazila of Bogura district, there are 168 primary schools, 44 of which are in char or sandy shoals created by the shifting and temperamental Jamuna River. The Daily Star reporter Mostafa Shabuj visited 16 of the char schools recently.

  • What’s stopping us from improving our English skills?

    AG Stock was a visiting scholar at the Department of English at Dhaka University from 1947 to 1951. In her recollection of her time in Dhaka, she reminisced about befriending future luminaries such as poet Jasimuddin and professor Munier Choudhury.

  • Can it be the beginning of a ‘decade of education’ plan?

    In the run-up to preparing the budget for the financial year 2019-2020, consultations are being held, like in the previous years, by the finance minister and his senior colleagues with various stakeholders.

  • Schooling without learning is a wasted opportunity

    Bangladesh has made a space for itself in the region. Over the last few decades, there has been stable economic growth underpinned by increased investments for human development, poverty alleviation, increased access to microcredit,

  • Why we must build specialised research universities

    “It is most difficult to get people on the path to research and publication. That culture, that appetite, that scholarly commitment has eroded considerably. [They] LOVE the microphone, they HATE the pen.”

  • Looking beyond one's own turf

    Leave no one behind” is the guiding spirit of the education agenda to be achieved by 2030 under the global Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015.

  • Dhaka University: Challenges for the future

    The 2011 data-driven assessment of Dhaka University (DU) as to whether it can turn itself around by 2021 was met with silence except for the publication of “University of Dhaka: Making, Unmaking, and Remaking” in 2016. The editors hoped,

  • A society free from corporal punishment

    In Tanzania, teacher Respicius Patrick Mutazangira (51) has been sentenced to death by hanging for murdering pupil Sperius Eradius (14) through the “malicious and zealous” use of corporal punishment.

  • Return on research: Academia's new challenge

    Discussions about research in Bangladesh's higher education institutions (HEIs) have become animated and contentious in recent times.

  • The role of universities in developing SMEs

    The business community, not only in Bangladesh but also in the world, is constantly pressing universities to change their traditional role of imparting knowledge to their students.

  • quality education to children

    Can Bangladesh provide quality education to its children?

    The inequities that deny children their right to quality education from early childhood through adolescence can trap young people in low-skilled, poorly paid, insecure employment, among other things, which holds back economic growth and fuels inequality.

  • Why we need general education for an engineering degree

    General Education, or Gen Ed, is that portion of the course of study that lies outside the major or the specialty area, for example, engineering.