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Bangladesh to go ahead if quality culture established in higher educational institutions: UGC Chairman
Bangladesh will go ahead in quality education at tertiary level in South Asia region if quality culture is firmly established in higher educational institutions of the country. Huge expansion of tertiary education has taken place in recent times in Bangladesh. Now quality needs to be infused into education to compete with others in today’s competitive world, observed Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh.
UGC Chairman made the observation while speaking as the Chief Guest at an inaugural ceremony of a-four day training workshop titled ‘Developing a Core Team for Guiding IQAC, QA Activities and Curriculum Design at UGC Auditorium today (13.03.2017). Professor Dr. M. Shah Nowaz Ali, Member, UGC, Dr. Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank were Special Guests while Dr. Gauranga Chandra Mohanta ndc, Project Director (Additional Secretary), Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project presided over it. Professor Dr. Mesbahuddin Ahmed, Head of Quality Assurance Unit, UGC delivered the welcome address. Internationally renowned Quality Assurance (QA) Specialists - Rozilini Mary Fernandez Chung, Harshita Aini Haroon and Dr. M. Habib Rahman were also present on the occasion as Guests of Honor.
Pointing to the expansion of education, UGC Chairman observed that the enrolment at tertiary level in the country at present is almost 3.2 million, which is expected to reach at 4.1 million by 2026, he added. Terming education as an asset, the Chief Guest said that investment in education sector is always meaningful than other sectors.
Professor Mannan said that the country’s huge number of population is in the pipeline in education sector. If they are equipped with updated knowledge and skills, the country will surge ahead in the South Asia region.
UGC does not distinguish between public and private universities in terms of higher education. The objectives of universities are creating human resource by imparting quality education, he observed. The Bangladesh Government has passed Accreditation Council law in the parliament recently for quality enhancement of higher education, he added.
Directors and Additional Directors of Institutional Quality Assurance Cell and QA persons from different public and private universities of the country are taking part in the workshop.