DEH Orientation Fall 2019

The Department of English and Humanities held the Fall 2019 Orientation program for Batch 193 on October 17, 2019 at the Campus A Auditorium in Dhanmondi.

The event was structured a little differently from usual with tables set up so that faculty members could interact with the students individually and get to know them better. After the welcome speeches by the Head of Department and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Shamsad Mortuza, and by the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Prof. Kaiser Haq, students and faculty members were entertained with songs, a game, and a play performed by members of other batches.

Prof. H M Jahirul Haque, Vice Chancellor of ULAB, who also attended the event, in his speech, welcomed the new students to ULAB and commended the department and the head of department for organizing a unique program.

The program, organized by Paper Canoe and supported by the Fall 2019 Event Committee, was attended by all the DEH faculty members, students, and admin officer.

Some glimpses of the event:

Bangladesh Needs to Think Out of the Box for Sustainable Energy Transition

Professor Joyashree Roy, the inaugural Bangabandhu Chair Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, today talked on ‘Multidimensionality of Challenges for a Fast Developing Country like Bangladesh in Sustainable Energy Transition’ at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Dhaka. This interactive session, presided over by Prof. Shamsad Mortuza, Pro-Vice Chancellor, ULAB, was joined by senior and mid-level faculty members from all departments and centers of the university.

Prof. Roy, a member of the IPCC’s Nobel Peace Prize 2007 winning panel and the Coordinating Lead Author of WGIII (mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), set the tone by explaining the dire need for a sustainable energy shift from a fossil-fuel-based one to a renewable-energy one, especially under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era. She explained why much focussed renewable sources, like solar, wind or bioenergy, would not be sufficient for Bangladesh in the coming decades for such transition. We need a “Just, Sustainable, Peaceful Transition”, and we need it fast, she emphasized. Drawing examples from nordic countries, she argued how transforming the natural gas and coal-exploitation-centered expertise and infrastructure of Bangladesh could be capitalized on building geothermal and hydrogen fuel capacity, and it has to be started with pilot demonstrations.

The exciting talk by Prof. Roy was followed by a vibrant discussion on pertinent technological, social, economic, and cultural issues. The conversation further explored the opportunities for Bangladeshi academics, researchers, and students to collaborate on joint research, to undertake academic activities, and to join capacity development with the AIT and other institutions and programs in the region on energy, climate change, SDGs, blue economy, and evidence-informed policy influencing.

ULAB Debating Club organized an Intra University Debate Competition “Devangers”

‘Devangers’ an Intra University Debate Competition was organized by ULAB Debating Club on 31st August (Saturday) 2019. The competition was hosted by University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh in the Permanent Campus of the institution.

16 teams representing different clubs participated in the competition. The objective of the event was to show how anyone who has the ability of reasoning and proving one’s point can debate. After the day-long rounds of competition, ULAB Yes Club were the champions and ULAB Debating Club was the Runners up of Devangers 2019. Maliha Riddhee from ULAB Yes Club was awarded the Best Speaker of the competition. The Vice-Chancellor Professor A.H.M Jahirul Haq, The Pro Vice-Chancellor Shamshad Mortaza and Special Advisor to the Board of Trustees Professor Imran Rahman were present in the closing ceremony to hand over the awards to the winners, the day ended with a performance by Exhale.Inc.

USB Launches Intra University Presentation Competition

ULAB School of Business (USB) hosted the first round of ULAB Presentation Maestros 2019, an intra-university presentation competition, on 5th September 2019 at ULAB’s main campus.

A total of eleven teams, consisting of 26 students from different departments participated in the 1st round. The teams were divided into different panels and each panel was judged by a panel of three faculty members from different departments of ULAB. Each team showcased a 10-minute presentation on “The Future of Bangladesh Economy” followed by a Q&A session.

Later on, a feedback session was held where the judges briefed all the teams about their overall performance and wished them good luck for the upcoming rounds of the competition. The event was concluded by a group photo session of the participants with the judges.