Awareness on Hand Hygiene

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Hygiene is the key to good health. In being healthy it is very important to stay clean. However people living in shanty towns are totally incautious about their health. The real victims of unhealthy diseases are the children living in squatter settlements.  On the 18th February, 2017 ULAB Social Welfare Club organized a period of hand hygiene for the slum children to make them more cautious and alert about health issues.  The program was organized for the children of squatter settlement at Rayer Bazaar Dhaka. During that awareness scheme a lot of pictures were shown to the children to send the message of how to stay hygiene by washing their hands properly and what were the merits of using soap. In that awareness scheme Advisor of ULAB Social Welfare Club Selima Quader Chowdhury and other members were present. If this knowledge of being hygiene can be spread properly then the death rate of small children will come down.

Keeping your campus and its environment clean is your responsibility

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“Keeping your campus and its environment clean is your responsibility.”  Keeping this slogan in mind ULAB Social Welfare Club organized a cleaning program on 8th February, 2017. The main motive of this program was to spread the knowledge of keeping campus and its surrounding clean.  The club used different posters and banners to send the message of keeping the environment clean.  Advisor of the ULAB Social Welfare Club Selima Quader Chowdhury gave some briefings on how should everyone keep their environment free from unpleasant substances.

Masterclass on Climate Change

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ULAB Sustainable Development Club organized a talk with Professor Muhammad Ibrahim about science of climate change on 22nd of February, 2017. They emphasized on science of climate and statistical data to prove climate change is an immense reality that is faced by the earth right now. The main objective of the talk was to aware the students on climate change and science behind it. ULAB Sustainable Development Club plans to continue this talk further in the upcoming months as a series.

“Skills for Career” workshop at ULAB Permanent Campus

ULAB Career Services Office (CSO) presents “Skills for Career” at the ULAB Permanent Campus, Ramchandrapur on 9th Feb 2017. The program is designed with career development workshops to introduce students to Employable Skills, show the Career Entry Strategies and prepare them to cope with Organizational Culture.

The modules are designed to complement the usual knowledge gained from books, and to help students become a better thinker. The main objective of the course is to build each individual to reach their highest potential. The whole program was facilitated by CSO Team with the support of promising ULAB Alumnus and respected faculty members. Students participated in different activities to sharpen their knowledge on Career Planning, Time Management, Networking Skills, Communications & Interpersonal Skills, Team Building Skills, Job Analysis and Interview tips.

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66 students participated in the first day of the 2 day long program from across the departments. 9 teams were formed for the interactive sessions including Treasure Hunt, Team Building, Job Analysis and Time Management. During the hunt, students were taken on a unique adventure to save themselves from a deserted island explored some life saving ideas in teams. Attractive prizes were awarded to three lucky winners based on the criteria’s of Best Performance, Best Idea Generation/ Creativity and Team Skills.

“Skills for Career” is designed to build well-rounded leaders of the future. 2 corporate trainers and a faculty member of ULAB are scheduled to take the next sessions on 24th Feb 2017.

Participants will be awarded a certificate of completion by ULAB Career Services Office (CSO).

ULAB signs MOU with Yunnan Open University, China

The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and Yunnan Open University (YNOU), China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on January 10, 2017, paving the way for collaboration via faculty and student exchange, joint research and publications, joint art exhibitions, seminars and academic meetings, setting up a Chinese Language Centre at ULAB, conducting special short-term academic programmes, and internship arrangements for ULAB students in China.

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Prof Imran Rahman, Vice Chancellor of ULAB and Prof Lou Ji, Vice President of YNOU signed the MOU in Kunming, China on behalf of their respective universities. Mr. Abu Rasel, Director, ULAB Career Services Office, and Prof Li Rui, Vice Dean, YNOU’s International Affairs were present during the signing ceremony.

MOU between ULAB and UM, Malaysia

ulab_umUniversity of Malaya, Malaysia and University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue areas of academic and administrative interest.

Professor Imran Rahman, Vice Chancellor, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), and Professor Mohd. Amin Jalaluddin, PhD, Vice Chancellor, University of Malaya, Malaysia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between their respective institutes on January 30.

The MoU aims to create opportunities for student, academic and administrative staff exchanges; joint research activities; exchanging publications, reports and other academic materials and information; and sharing other activities and programs in areas of mutual interest.

The point of contact for all activities under the purview of this MoU is Dr. Shamsad Mortuza, Professor and Head of the Department of English and Humanities, ULAB.

“Build Career Through Freelancing”at ULAB

ULAB Career Services Office (CSO)  and CodersTrust hosted a seminar titled “Build Career Through Freelancing”-  at ULAB on the 1st of February,2017.

This took place in the presence of over 160 students, faculty members and officials.

The freelance market is one of the fastest growing and in demand job market worldwide today. ULABains are encouraged and motivated to be a Freelancer

The Seminar was conducted by Mr. Ataul Goni Osmani – Country Director, CodersTrust Bangladesh,Mr. Linkon Islam- Head of Student Affairs, Coderstrust Bangladesh and Ms.Tatiana-Project Lead, CodersTrust Poland .

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The topic was introduced to the students by discussing about What is freelancing & freelancing career. Freelancing marketplaces & opportunities, working freedom and “Learn & Earn Path “model of freelance marketplace.

Students of across the departments of ULAB were present in the seminar.

ULAB Holds Intra-University Business Plan Competition Grand Finale

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The grand finale of “ULAB Intra-University Business Plan Competition, Fall-2016” was held at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) on Thursday, December 15, 2016. The event was organized by ULAB School of Business and ULAB Business Club. ULAB Business School aims to encourage students in self-employment in their professional lives. The purpose of this event was to educate and provide an experimental opportunity to present the ideas of the students. A Total of 62 teams applied for the competition and after 2 levels of screening test, 22 teams were selected for the first round. Top 5 teams from the first round competed in the grand finale and team ‘Green Thinkers’ became the champion. Team ‘Reality Escapers’ and team ‘Medico’ became 1st runners-up and 2nd runners- up respectively.

The judges of the grand finale were Mr. Shawkat Kamal, Associate Professor of ULAB Business School; Mr. Sadad Adnan Ahmad, Chief Marketing Officer of Beximco Communications Ltd.; and Mr. Nurul Alam Chowdhury, Chairman of Swadesh Insurance and Executive Director of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BKMEA). Also, Professor Imran Rahman, Vice Chancellor (Acting) of ULAB, Professor Milan Kumar Bhattacharjee, Treasurer of ULAB, and other faculty members were present in the event.

 

ULAB Business Club Holds the Closing Ceremony of French Language Session

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ULAB Business Club celebrated the closing ceremony of French Language Session on 20 December, 2016. The classes took place on every Tuesday throughout the whole semester of Fall 2016. The objective of the initiative was to motivate students in learning a new language and give an introductory lesson of French language and culture. A certificate giving ceremony was arranged for the students who participated actively in the class. For his contributions in conducting the French classes, Mr. Parvez Mahmud Rajib, Senior Lecturer of ULAB school of Business and Professeur of French Language at Alliance Française de Dhaka, was given a crest by the Pro- Vice Chancellor of ULAB, Professor H. M. Jahirul Haque. Other Key individuals present were Dr. Pinki Shah, Coordinator of ULAB Co-Curricular office and Associate Professor of ULAB School of Business, Mr. Kamrul Hassan Sunon, Advisor (In-Charge) of ULAB Business Club and Lecturer of ULAB School of Business, Mr. Niaz Morshed Patwary, Assistant Professor of ULAB School of Business and some other faculties from BBA and English Department.

 

Dylan Debate

‘Dylan Debate’ engrosses Dhaka’s literary minds

Reaz Ahmad (Report from The Daily Star Dec. 9, 2016)
It has been nearly two months since Bob Dylan was declared winner of this year’s Nobel in literature, making him the only singer-songwriter to win the award.

He has been incommunicado for first several days and unexpectedly late even in acknowledging the receipt of the news. Then weeks later Dylan wrote to the Nobel Prize Academy that he wished he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments made it unfortunately impossible.

And as the day to confer the laurel on him comes closer, Bob Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards, has provided a speech which would be read at the Nobel banquet in Stockholm tomorrow.

After all these weeks, a debate is still far from over on how prudent it was a decision on part of the Nobel Committee to award Dylan a literature Nobel — when the likes of Syrian poet Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said Esber), Japanese author Haruki Murakami, and American novelist Philip Milton Roth had been stronger contenders.

How often one gets to see such a Nobel decision getting so divisive as the debate rolls down to wider public sphere.

Yesterday, an audience in Dhaka, nearly 7,000km away from Stockholm, witnessed a “Dylan Debate” where some of the country’s best literary minds took part on a motion — “Bob Dylan does not deserve the Nobel Prize in literature.”

After over an hour-long debate, Swedish ambassador Johan Frisell, who was present as the adjudicator, declared the team that opposed the motion as the winner –reasserting the Nobel Committee’s decision.

A close result came in through audiences’ vote as well, where 49 voted against the motion, meaning supporting Dylan’s getting the laurel, and 41 others gave their verdicts favouring it.

The Department of English and Humanities of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organised the Dylan Debate in its auditorium in Dhanmondi.

The panelists got engaged in an animated and passionate argument over why Bob Dylan’s work should or should not be considered as literature, which also brought in the basic question, “what is literature?”

Debaters professors Syed Manzoorul Islam, Firdous Azim and Hasan Al Zayed, who teamed up for defending the motion raised the questions of Dylan’s relevance at present time and about the aesthetic values of his songs.

Prof Manzoorul came rather harsh on Dylan saying “there are rhymes in Dylan’s songs but not poetry. He belongs to popular culture”.

Professors Kaiser Haq and Fakhrul Alam and musician Maqsoodul Haque, who opposed the motion, argued that Dylan’s songs have deep poetic essence and he is as relevant today as he has been in the 60s.

In pursuit to hush up the opponents, Prof Kaiser said if it was a problem that Dylan could be heard, not read then one has to understand that for centuries Baul music and Mongol Kabya etc have been performed and not read — but those are being read and getting more relevance in modern day literature.

The debate session was followed by rendition of some of the best Dylan numbers by musicians like Maqsoodul Haque, Kaiser Kabir, Shahbaz Khan Pilu, Ihsanul Haque, Bappi Rahman, Reazur Rahman, Foad Nasser Babu and Prof Imran Rahman, vice chancellor of the university.

The audience was mesmerised by the artistes’ rendition of the musical numbers that include, among others, “Mr Tambourine Man”, “Sara” and “Man Gave Names to All the Animals”.

Juditha Ohlmacher, member of the board of trustees, ULAB, presented the debaters and musicians with crests while Prof Imran and Prof Shamsad Murtoza, head of the English department, also spoke.