5th Dhaka Int’l Mobile Film Festival ends at ULAB


The two-day Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF) concluded at ULAB Permanent Campus on 16 February.

Organised by CinemaScope, a film apprenticeship programme of Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) department at ULAB, the festival is a first of its kind in Bangladesh. Previously it was known as Cinemascope Mobile Film Competition.

This year, 96 films from 34 countries were submitted in the festival and finally the jury panel selected 10 films for competition, two in the one-minute film category, and 26 films for screening.

The jury board consists of writer, director and producer ProshoonRahmaan; and writer and film critic BidhanRebeiro; and cinematographer Rashed Zaman. prothomalo.com was the media partner of the event, which was divided into four sessions.

Professor Dr H.M. Jahirul Haque, Vice Chancellor of ULAB, inaugurated the festival on 15 February. He thanked the MSJ for organising such an international event on a regular basis.

Film director, writer and actor Matin Rahman graced the inaugural session as the chief guest.

In this speech, Dr Jude William Genilo, head of MSJ, thanked CinemaScope, ULAB’s very own apprenticeship program dedicated to film making, and PR4U, another apprenticeship programme of the department that organised the event.

The following two sessions featured talks of two MSJ faculties — “Prospect and Opportunity of Mobile Film” by Wafi Aziz Sattar, and “Mobile Film Festivals and Global context” by BijoyaAnam.

Keeping close to the objective of DIMFF to instill the art of filmmaking in young minds, the one-minute category, which was restricted to Grade 1-12 students, did not fail to keep the audience spell-bound. Two films were screened in this category — “Story” by Bangladeshi young filmmaker Muzahidul Islam Zahin and “Handsfree” by Lukas Dernelius from Sweden.

Prof Milan Kumar Bhattacharjee, treasurer of ULAB, delivered the welcome speech in the concluding session on 16 February.

Film director, writer and actor Matin Rahman also attended the concluding session as the chief guest.

The “Best Film”award went to “A Pair of Horns on a Female Homo Sapiens” by Saleh Kashefi from Iran and “ULAB Young Filmmaker” award went to “Handsfree”.

Two CinemaScope members received the awards along with cash, certificates and crests on behalf of the winners.

The two-day festival came to a close with a vote of thanks by the Advisor of DIMFF, Mohammad Shazzad Hossain, thus bringing an end to the action-packed festival, until the next time.

ULAB VC Professor Dr H.M. Jahirul Haque; film director, writer and actor Matin Rahman; and MSJ head Dr Jude William Genilo inaugurating the DIMFF 2019. MSJ faculty members were present at that time.

Call for papers In Pursuit of Quality in Higher Education: Challenges Ahead

Call for papers

In Pursuit of Quality in Higher Education: Challenges Ahead

18 and 19th July 2019


The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh is going to organize a two-day international conference on the current state of teaching and learning in higher education.

The call for paper invites abstracts from academics, educators, education researchers, trainers, and policy-makers working with NGOs as well as from the government sector.

Please kindly spread this word among your colleagues and invite them to send abstracts (300 words) with a brief biography (50 words) to [email protected] by May 20th, 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by May 31st, 2019


Keynote Paper will be presented by:

Gerardo Blanco, Ed.D. (Pronouns: he/him/his/él)

Department of Educational Leadership
Neag School of Education
University of Connecticut

Apart from that, there will be a number of featured presentations by International/National Education Experts.


  • Paper – 20 minutes
  • Workshop – 50 minutes
  • Poster Presentation – 10 minutes
  • Panel Discussion (group of 3 with a moderator) – 55 minutes


Suggested Themes

Classroom Teaching                      Curriculum and Syllabus Designing

Digital Literacy                              Internationalization of Higher Education

Materials Development                 Policy discourse

Pedagogy                                         University/ Industry linkage

Student Mobility


Registration Fee

Local participants/ presenters: BDT 1500

Local students: BDT 1000

International participants/ presenters: USD 150

International students: USD 100

Guests: BDT 500/ Day

Celebrating Int’l Women’s Day 2019 by taking a picture in Balance for Better pose

SAO welcomes you to take part in the worldwide celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8. This year’s theme is “Balance for Better”.

Let’s celebrate the Women’s Day by taking a picture in Balance for Better pose and post it on SAO Fb page using #BalanceforBetter.

Please post your picture by MARCH 17, 2019. Selected posts will be used for a SAO wall magazine.

DEH Organizes Talk on Nazrul Studies in the US


The Department of English and Humanities at ULAB organized  a talk on “The State of Nazrul Studies in the U.S.”  on March 5, 2019. The program began with an introductory speech by Dr. Rafiqul Islam, Professor Emeritus at ULAB.

Professor Islam introduced Professor Winston E . Langley and Professor Rachel McDermott,  two prominent Nazrul scholars in U.S. Dr. McDermott, a Harvard graduate and  a professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Columbia University, described the challenges and promise of studying Nazrul in the U.S. She explained that the University of Chicago and University of Berkeley are contributing towards familiarizing this fascinating figure in the U.S. Dr. McDermott regretted that, because of insufficient translations and scholarly work on Nazrul, she had failed to teach Nazrul in the classroom.

Dr. Winston E . Langley, a professor of Political Science and International Relations, and a human rights activist, viewed Nazrul as the writer whose words reflect the core values of the human race. Dr. Langley believes that Nazrul needs to be a part of larger learning. Dr. Gulshan Ara, an activist and Nazrul researcher who contributed to the introduction of Nazrul in global academia, termed Nazrul as the ambassador of peace and harmony, echoing the importance of introducing the philosophy and the works of our national poet to the world.

The session concluded with an engaging question and answer round. Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Shamsad Mortuza thanked the speakers for their thought-provoking ideas and wonderful endeavors.

Rescheduling of Classes: Undergrad Programs

Dear All,

Please be informed that the classes which could not be held on 24 – 25 February 2019 due to our 5th Convocation have been rescheduled as under:


Previous Date Proposed date
Sunday, 24 February Thursday, 7 March
Monday, 25 February Thursday, 14 March
Lab classes of ETE and EEE Department on Thursday will be rescheduled by respective course teachers.


Please note, class timing and room number shall remain unchanged.

Prof. Akhtar Ahmed

Convocation 2019 – Gown Return

Dear Graduates

Warmest congratulations on your graduation!

We are very much thankful for your graceful participation, cooperation and patience during the entire process of making the Convocation a successful one.

We now need your cooperation in returning the Gown, Sash, Hood, Mortarboard Cap on time. Please return the said items and collect your clearance form as per the following schedule:

Date Time Venue
March 3-7, 2019 10.00 am – 6.00 pm Campus B – 4th Floor
March 8-9, 2019 11.00 am – 7.00 pm


Sk. Habibur Rahman
Joint Registrar

MSJ celebrates first-ever Apprenticeship Day

Professor Dr Jude William Genilo, head of MSJ, delivering welcome speech.


Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) department of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), which is well-known for strong co-curricular activities far and wide, organized first-ever Apprenticeship Day at Campus A Auditorium on February 14. MSJ offers different apprenticeship programs covering the fields of film, photography, journalism (print, electronic and online), public relations and animation. The objectives of the programs are to boost the department’s peer teaching methodology, to create core student groups that can assist the department in its conduct of internal and external activities, and to develop advanced skills of students passionate in particular media forms and channels.

Marking the occasion, different apprenticeship programs — The ULABian, Radio CampBuzz, CinemaScope, ULAB TV, PR4U, ShutterBugs, and ULAB Animation Studio — came up with unique presentations one by one to attract newcomers. Professor Dr Jude William Genilo, head of MSJ, delivered the welcome speech. Underscoring the importance of apprenticeship programs, Dr Jude said apprenticeship programs serve as a bridge between studies and profession. The members of each apprenticeship program shared their personal stories about how their respective programs had helped them overcome their insecurities and shape their way of life.

Important segments and details of the programs were interestingly woven into witty and humorous skits. Interactive and fun games like “Correct the Spellings” by The ULABian and “Pashe Boshar Golpo” by Radio CampBuzz uplifted the mood of the audience. Amazing production works by ULAB TV, the first campus-based television station, and “Is it GOOD to run away?”, a short film produced by CinemaScope, were showcased in the event. Awareness PSA videos produced by PR4U and heartwarming animation videos by ULAB Animation Studio were also screened for the audience. ShutterBugs, the photography apprenticeship program, also came up with their best works to entice the audience.

ULAB’s very own public relations-based apprenticeship program PR4U arranged the entire event hosted by its member Zerin Tasnim Tahsin. After the induction segment, Abu Tayub Mohammed Farhad, lecturer of MSJ and Advisor to PR4U, gave his vote of thanks and congratulated all the programs for their hard work and achievements. As the day was Valentine’s Day, a special segment was kept to entertain the spectators. A surprise announcement of winners for “best-dressed” on Valentine’s Day theme was made, much to the delight of the audience. Later, ULAB very own band “Chalk and Cheese” along with Lecturer Wafi Aziz Sattar filled the auditorium with mirth and excitement with melodious tunes and strings. The fun-filled event came to a close at 1:00pm, giving the freshman students a handful of choices to make among various apprenticeship programs that MSJ prides upon.

A student receiving a flower from Dr Jude as a gift for wearing best dress on Valentine’s Day.


A view of the audience consisting of faculty members and students.

MSJ holds orientation program for Spring 2018 intake

Dr Jude William Genilo delivering welcome speech inspiring the newcomers for the four-year journey.


Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) department at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organised an orientation program for its Spring 2019 intake at permanent campus auditorium on February 7. Prof Dr Jude William R Genilo, head of MSJ department, delivered the welcome speech at the event organised by PR4U — an apprenticeship program of the department.

During faculty introduction, Dr Jude introduced himself and other faculty members one by one.  Faculty members also shared inspirational words with the freshman students. Assistant Professor Mohammad Shazzad Hossain, also MSJ Undergraduate Coordinator, made a PowerPoint presentation to get the newcomers associated with the department’s history and mission. After that, Muhammad Aminuzzaman, a senior lecturer and MSJ internship coordinator, highlighted the importance of a portfolio in the current job market, and gave the students step-by-step guidelines on how to create their own portfolios throughout the four-year journey. Professor Dr Shahnaj Husne Jahan of General Education Department (GED) talked about the importance of GED courses at ULAB.

To motivate the freshmen, two short films made by MSJ students — “Identity” and “Pothe Pothe” — and a music video named “The radio show”, were screened at the program. Later, PR4U volunteers guided the freshmen to the designated rooms for a session with their respective advisors. Later, representatives of different apprenticeship programs of the department — Radio CampBuzz, ULAB TV, CinemaScope, PR4U, Animation Studio, ShutterBugs — greeted the newcomers with an invitation to join their respective sides. PR4U member Sabiha Syed Archi hosted the entire event that ended with a musical performance.

A view of the audience comprising faculty members and students.

Fall ’18 MSJ alumni formed

A student receiving internship grade from Dr Kazi Mahmudur Rahman.


Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) department at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) hosted an alumni formation programme on January 17. Marking the farewell of students graduating in Fall ’18, the event took place at Campus B Seminar Room in the evening.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kazi Mahmudur Rahman, associate professor of MSJ, congratulated the graduating students on achieving the important milestone. Underscoring the importance of alumni, Dr Rahman said MSJ alumni can play a significant role for further development of their beloved department. “The department and the faculty members are always with you whenever you need them,” said Dr Rahman.

Then, faculty members spoke and motivated the outgoing students to bravely face the challenges of the professional world. Following that, the graduating students took an oath administered by Dr Rahman. In the oath, they pledged to work for the good of mankind. Then the grade was disseminated among the students who successfully defended their internship reports earlier in the day. In the meantime, the graduating students selected three representatives who will be responsible for future contact with the department. In addition, the soon to be ex-students wrote letters to their future selves and put those in a box. They can open the letters once they come back after a certain period of time.

Last but not least, the outgoing students walked down the memory lane reminiscing their life at ULAB. PR4U, an apprenticeship programme of MSJ, organised the event hosted by its member Zareen Islam. Another member Fairuj Sultana lightened everyone’s mood with some melodious tunes. Snacks and beverages were served at the end of the event.