1st CI forum for Fall semester held

A view of the audience comprising MSJ faculty members and students

 

The first Curriculum Integration (CI) forum for Fall 2018 was held at Campus A Auditorium on October 25, 2018. Media studies and Journalism (MSJ) department of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organised the event. The department conducts curriculum integration every semester to showcase creative works of the students and enable student interaction as well as strengthen links.

The theme for Fall 2018 is “Youth Empowerment”. “Youth Empowerment” is a process where children and young people are encouraged to take charge of their lives. They do this by addressing their situation and then take action in order to improve their access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes. Youth empowerment aims to improve quality of life. Keeping relation with the unified theme, the CI forum features talks of three MSJ faculty members.

First of all, Wafi Aziz Sattar, lecturer of MSJ, presented his speech. He talked about important aspects of community level empowerment and explained how a person can empower him/herself. Then Professor Dr Din Mohammad Sumon Rahman of MSJ explained his own understanding of the youth. He also read out one of his write-ups that beautifully showcased the time of youth. Later, Mohammad Shazzad Hossain, assistant professor of MSJ, mentioned various effective youth development programs worldwide as well as measures that have been taken by the government for development of the youth. He further talked about various youth empowerment programs at ULAB that have been helpful in empowering and developing the skills of university students.

In his closing speech, Dr Jude William Genilo, head of MSJ, said, “We have chosen the theme — youth empowerment — because youth is very important.” Later, all the three discussants answered the questions from the audience in a question-answer session. PR4U, a public relations apprenticeship programme of MSJ, was event management. Raisa Naushin, a member of PR4U, hosted the event.

MSJ students complete study tour in Internship

MSJ students pose for a photograph with head of the department Dr Jude William Genilo after the final presentation.

 

A group of students of Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) department at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh has recently completed a study tour in Indonesia. The London School of Public Relations, Jakarta, invited the ULAB students for the two-week study tour and internship, which ended on October 6.

As part of the study tour, the 16-member team visited some big media houses, for instance, MNC Corporation, the biggest media corporation of Indonesia; Kompass TV, Metro TV, CNN Indonesia; Web TV Asia; the Jakarta Post, and BliBli, the biggest Indonesian online shop. Also, they attended some workshops and seminars on intercultural dialogue, writing on reporting for broadcast, investigation reporting, media convergence, creative writing, content creation, PR for digital and social activism, film and TV production, and print media production and management.

Towards the end of the study tour, the participants made vlogs (a video blog). And dividing into different groups — two people each, they presented their works. The students highlighted the culture, food, shopping and local lifestyle. In the vlog presentation, Miss Candy and Reza Plahvi — two prominent Indonesian vloggers — were present as the judge. Dr Jude William Genilo, head of MSJ, was also present during the presentation.

The judges selected the best three groups. However, all the participants were given certificates. Nandita Tabassum, senior lecturer of MSJ, was there with the students throughout the study tour. This is to be mentioned that the students will begin the second phase of their internship in November. They will now be required to do internship with one of MSJ apprenticeship programmes.

Creative Craft Workshop

ULAB Co-Curricular Office hosted Creative Craft Workshop which took place at ULAB Campus-A Auditorium on 8.11.2018, Thursday. The 2-hour workshop was facilitated by trainer of SME Foundation, Ayesha Siddique where students from different clubs of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh participated to make creative paint works alongside boutique and other forms of artwork. In the workshop, students along with the facilitator worked in collaboration where with the use of paint tools, they created many beautiful forms of painting and tie dyes in separate pieces of clothing. The workshop was organized to motivate students to use paint tools more efficiently. Among the list of guests were Advisor Co-Curricular Office Dr. Pinki Shah and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Shamsad Mortuza, PhD.

Club Orientation Day Fall 2018

ULAB Co-Curricular office hosted Club Orientation Day of Fall 2018 Semester for the students on 8.11.2018 at ULAB Campus-A Auditorium. The purpose of this Orientation program was to familiarize all the students with the Co-curricular activities of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and letting them explore the variety of clubs the university has to offer. A creative craft workshop for the club executives and members followed by club presentation and general meeting of all the clubs took place afterwards. The new students of this semester also got to communicate with existing club members understanding their field of interest and what the clubs has to offer. Promoting the liberal arts education, the university also urges all the students proactively participate in co-curricular activities. The program concluded with cultural performances by clubs of ULAB.

ULAB Debating Club organized ULAB Vox 1.0

ULAB Debating Club successfully organized ULAB Vox 1.0 which took place from 2-3 November, 2018 where more than 140 debaters enrolled and gave their best to clinch the ultimate prize. Being the first timers in organizing a competition of such format, ULAB did exceedingly well in hosting the event where it was an Inter University Debate Competition and 23 universities participated altogether with total of 28 teams including the hosts. It was a perfect platform for debaters to showcase their debating skills in front of other competitors and adjudicators. The 2-day competition took place at ULAB Permanent Campus and EMK Center simultaneously where British Parliamentary format were supervened. The competition was supported by EMK Center and ULAB MUN worked as the Strategic partner. Day-1 ended with cultural performances and dinner for the debaters.

12 out of 28 teams progressed to Day-2 of the event where they debated in both Open and Novice category to claim the winners. Different universities gave their best effort, until finally IBA-DU won the competition in the Open Category and IBU-JU won in the Novice Category, with remarkable judges’ score and outstanding performances. Closing ceremony followed afterwards where Dean of School of Business Mr. Imran Rahman were present along with Director of EMK Center Naveed Akbar before Vote of Thanks were given towards the participants and guests by the Convener of the event, Farzand Ahmed Chowdhury. Presence of Club Adviser Towhidul Islam Khan throughout the event and his collaboration with the organizers ensured the competition run smoothly and the hospitality of debaters was at top notch.

Club Day Fall 2018

ULAB Co-Curricular Office hosted Club Day Fall 2018 on 03.11.2018 to celebrate festivity through club activities where programs of different segments were performed to amuse both their new and existing enthusiastic students. Club day for fall 2018 took place at ULAB Permanent Campus. The festival started with different interactive games including Towel ball, Balance your body, Marble race for the students on the campus ground. Stage activities started off with the singing of Bangladesh National Anthem. Performance of Flash Mob took place afterwards followed by dance, drama, and song performances by ULAB Shangskriti Shangshad and Theatre ULAB members. List of performance also included the likes of Recitation and Beat boxing by ULAB Literary Society and ULAB Computer Society.

Afternoon session of Club Day included Camp Outing activities where faculties and admin of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh played different fun games such as ‘Hari bhanga’ and Ring throwing game. Through assist of ULAB Film Club, Bangladeshi artists Elita and Jewel did vlog promotion of ‘Bhalobashar Bangladesh’. LRB band also made a short appearance in remembrance of the recently departed legendary Bangladeshi musician Ayub Bachchu. A tribute song was performed where Graffiti Art of Ayub Bachchu was drawn simultaneously by ULAB Art and Photography Club to cherish his memories.

Clubs of ULAB also exploited themselves by displaying and selling foods, products, souvenirs, as well as conduct quizzes at allocated stall space. Concert was held at the end of the festival to entertain the students. Followed by Vote of thanks towards the guests and students, Camp Outing Dinner for club advisers and executives were enjoyed together which served the purpose of strengthening bond between clubs and the community itself. Among the list of guests were Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Shamsad Mortuza, Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. H M Jahirul Haque, Special Advisor,BOT, Professor Imran Rahman, and Advisor Co-Curricular Office Dr. Pinki Shah.

Workshop on Self Defense organized by ULAB Triathlon Club

ULAB Triathlon Club organized workshop on Self Defense held on 1.11.2018 from 10 AM to 12 PM. The workshop took place at ULAB Permanent Campus Auditorium, where Founder of Titans Academy Minhaz Remo conducted as the trainer. The workshop emphasized on how to make students active as well as improve their coordination skills. Considering discipline to be an important aspect, learning martial arts and self defense helped students to cultivate aptitude to build their disciplinary skills in life. As the workshop progressed, the trainer along with his assistants assisted students to gain knowledge about martial art itself. The workshop was conducted successfully in collaboration with participation of students and ULAB Triathlon Club executives.

Preserving (Hi)stories: A Talk by Dr. Shashanka Sinha at DEH

On November 1, 2018, the Department of English & Humanities at ULAB invited Dr. Shashanka S. Sinha, Head of the Routledge India Originals (RIO) to a talk titled “Preserving (Hi)stories.” It was an engaging session based on preserving historical monuments in India. Dr. Sinha’s focus was different from typical historical assessments of such relics; he focused on the gap between popular and academic history. He picked up one or two popular myths surrounding each of six monuments and traced the authenticity of the tales to provide a new dimension for history. Such a focus can certainly offer fresh perspectives to age-old ideas and bring history closer to people. History, after all, is not a dead thing, but a continuation through interpretations. Dr. Sinha brought in some very interesting tales about the famous Qutub Minar, Gates of Somnath, Humayun’s Tomb, Jodhabai’s Palace, Fatehpur Sikri and the Taj Mahal. For example, the tale of the proposed black Taj Mahal is indeed intriguing and interesting. The fact that history is often created through popular tales was proven once again. There are so many such monuments scattered in Bangladesh and this might be a suitable time to uphold and showcase them to the outer world.

The session concluded after a lively Q/A session. Participants at the talk included faculty members of DEH and GED who had much to ask and offer.

  

Celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein with Frankenreads

Celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein with Frankenreads

The Department of English and Humanities (DEH) at ULAB took part in “Frankenreads,” a project of the Keats-Shelley Association of America, funded by a Chairman’s grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818) on Halloween Day, October 31. ULAB was the only university in Bangladesh to participate in this global celebration of around 50 countries.

The central Frankenreads event – a free, live, public reading of Frankenstein – was held on the same day in Washington DC at the library of Congress.

The ULAB program featured a lively and engaging reading from the novel by Professor Kaiser Haq, a discussion on feminist reading of the novel by Abritty Abdullah, Senior Lecturer, DEH and Professor Shamsad Mortuza, Pro-Vice Chancellor, ULAB followed by a drama performance based on Frankenstein by ULAB’s very own Literary Society – Paper Canoe, and cos play by Media Club, ULAB.

The auditorium decked in Halloween paraphernalia along with students and teachers sporting fun costumes added to the eerie atmosphere.

The program was streamed live.

Professor HM Jahirul Haque, ULAB Vice Chancellor, Professor Imran Rahman, Special Advisor to the Board of Trustees, faculty members and students of ULAB were in the audience.

Links to videos of the program are below:

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