WB to design next generation higher education project
The World Bank (WB) will initiate a next generation ‘Higher Education Acceleration and Transformation (HEAT)’project emphasizing graduate employability, governance including excellence in women's education.
The core goals of this project are to establish a regional network of higher education institutions, improve teaching, learning and research to support graduate employability and improve the higher education management of the country.
“HEAT’s aim is to enhance the employability of our graduates through the development of regional network and improving the system level of governance of our higher education,” said UGC Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan.
Around 3.8 million students in tertiary level as well as teachers & researchers are expected to be immensely benefited from the HEAT project. It is anticipated that UGC shall be the implementing agency of project, said UGC Chairman.
He was addressing a workshop on the proposed HEAT project at UGC auditorium on 22 September 2018. University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh organized the workshop following the so farsuccess of Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP).
Chaired by UGC Member Professor Dr. Md. Akhtar Hossain, the programme was addressed, among others, by UGC Secretary Dr. Md. Khaled, WB Senior Operations Officer Dr. Mokhlesur Rahman and its Lead Economist Dr. Venkatesh Sundararaman.
UGC Member Professor Dr. Dil Afroza Begum, WB Senior Education Economist Dr. Shiro Nakata, Vice-Chancellor of different public and private universities, female students, employers, educationists, high-officials from different ministries were also present.
The design of five-year long HEAT project is expected to be completed in June 2019, after extensive consultations of the relevant stakeholders and citizens.
Addressing the programme, Dr. Mokhlesur Rahman said that WB will continue its support to improve the quality and standard of Bangladesh’s tertiary education. HEQEP has contributed a lot to enhance and excellence in higher education sector of Bangladesh. For instance, several patents are being developed through university-industry collaboration, supported by innovation funds for competitive research. The upcoming HEAT project will accelerate the pace of transformation of Bangladesh’s higher education.
“We want to support the ongoing transformation of higher education towards higher quality teaching and learning, while providing students with relevant skills to access gainful employment. We are also keen to support a network of women universities and colleges, with the Asian University for Women as a centre of excellence.”
The WB agreed to designthe project following a government request to initiate a successor of HEQEP and to support the Asian University for Women. HEQEP started its journey in 2009 and will end in December 2018.
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