Familiarization event on German-Bangladesh Higher Education Network for Sustainable Textiles held at UGC

Familiarization event on German-Bangladesh Higher Education Network for Sustainable Textiles held at UGC

A day-long familiarization event on ‘German-Bangladesh Higher Education Network for Sustainable Textiles (HEST) jointly organized by University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) was held on 03 June 2018 at UGC.

The event was arranged to share information about HEST project objectives among its stakeholders. HEST project aims at reducing the skill gap of mid-level managers in textile and Ready-Made Garments (RMG) sectors in Bangladesh. Ministry of Education, UGC and GIZ are jointly implementing this project.

The project has successfully developed three university partnerships with four German and eight Bangladeshi universities, which includes Hof University of Applied Sciences, Chemnitz University of Technology, Dresden University of Technology, University of Stuttgart from German side and Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Asian University for Women, Bangladesh University of Textiles, BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, North South University, Notre Dame University Bangladesh and University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.

Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, UGC, Christian von Mitzlaff, Programme Coordinator, GIZ, Md. Abdullah Al Hasan Chowdhury, Additional Secretary, MoE and Dr. Md. Khaled, Secretary, UGC spoke on the occasion.

In his speech, Professor Abdul Mannan highlighted the importance and advantages of HEST project. He also emphasized on boosting applied research in cooperation with the industry.

Referring Bangladesh as the second largest RMG exporter in the world, the UGC Chairman said textiles sector has taken a leading position in sustainable industrialization in the country. “We need sustainable network for the development of textiles sector” he added.

Christian von Mitzlaff, Programme Coordinator, GIZ, said that HEST project can play a vital role to reduce the skill gap of the textile industry and address the sustainability challenges of higher education.

Representatives from Ministry of Education, UGC, World Bank, HEST project’s partner universities, industry associations, brands and factories, among others, were also present at the event.

A panel discussion was also held on ‘‘In order to reduce the skill gap of the textile industry and addressing the sustainability challenges, what role stakeholders’ network can play to strengthen higher education as well as training for mid-level managers between diverse panellists representing government, university and student.