Workshop on Dissecting Data in Qualitative Research

Center for Language Studies (CLS), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organized a workshop on Qualitative Research, titled “Dissecting Data in Qualitative Research” on January 4, 2020, at Campus-A, ULAB. Professor Dr. Shaila Sultana, Advisor, CLS, facilitated the workshop. Dr. Sultana has been educated at Jahangirnagar University (Dhaka), Monash University (Melbourne), King’s College (London), and University of Technology Sydney (UTS, Sydney). Her research interests include – trans approaches to language and identity, sociology, critical geography, and the historical and sociocultural significance of English in post-colonial countries.

The workshop focused on the epistemological foundations of qualitative approaches to research. It explored the effective ways of conducting qualitative research using different data collection methods. It guided the participants step-by-step through the process of connecting and interpreting data and constructing knowledge while highlighting the issues concerning the validity and dependability in analyzing data sets. Dr. Sultana showed the relevance of qualitative research for developing an understanding of groups who are marginalized in society for their linguistic, educational, demographic, socio-economic, and ethnic backgrounds.  A question-answer session was held to explore notable observations from the participants.

Academics and professionals from multiple disciplines participated in the workshop.

DEH UG Commencement FA19

The Department of English and Humanities held the Fall 2019 Commencement program for graduating students who defended their theses. The graduating students shared their feelings about the department and their experience at ULAB. A colorful program was organized by the junior students to entertain and to wish the graduating students well. Songs were presented by several students and a witty skit scripted by Khadija Begum Atia was presented.

Alumnus Saima Akhtar was invited to speak to the students to inspire them towards their future goals. Saima has been working as Lecturer in the Department of English at Eastern University for the last three years.

Prof. Shamsad Mortuza, Head of DEH and Pro-VC of ULAB, spoke to the students and Prof. Kaiser Haq, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, regaled the students with a song as he wished them well.

The event was attended by the students and faculty members of DEH.

Some glimpses of the event:

DEH MA Commencement Fall 2019 Held

The Department of English and Humanities organized a commencement ceremony for the Fall 2019 graduating students of the MA in English program on January 13, 2020. The event took place at 5.30 pm in the auditorium of Campus A.

Prof. Shamsad Mortuza, Head of DEH and Pro-Vice Chancellor, ULAB, and Professor Kaiser Haq, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, gave speeches to congratulate the students and to wish them well in their journey ahead. Students performed songs at the ceremony and a special play titled “Rosaline and Romeo” was performed by the students of the Play Writing course in the MA in Creative Writing program. The play was based on Shakespeare’s famous Romeo and Juliet and scripted by Tanzim Aziz. The production was directed by Shamael Mortuza. Outgoing student, Asifa Sultana Atushi, gave a heartfelt speech about her journey at ULAB.

The commencement was attended by the graduating MA students, faculty members, other students, and Professor Imran Rahman, Special Advisor to the Board of Trustees.

Some glimpses of the event

ULABians Forever, Fall’19 Held

Department of the Media Studies and Journalism of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organized an event titled ‘ULABians Forever’ for the sake of alumni formation for fall semester’ 19 on January 9, 2020 at the ULAB permanent campus, Mohammadpur, Dhaka.

Every semester the MSJ department organizes alumni formation program to strengthen the bonding between fresh graduates and the department and selects representatives from the new graduates who carry out further communication.

Photo: Fresh graduates pose for a group photo with the faculty members.

 

The event started at 5 pm where faculty members were asked to say a few words for the fresh graduates. Associate Professor Dr. Kazi Mahmudur Rahman asked the new graduates to keep the Ulabian forever spirit within. Dr. Rahman also said “keep going, never stop and don’t be static”.

Assistant professor A F M Moniruzzaman Shipu urged the students who are planning to go abroad for job or higher studies to come back to Bangladesh after a certain time as the country needs creative graduates.

Lastly Assistant Professor Dr. Sarkar Barbaq Quarmal ended the segment with his encouraging words.

Some of the graduate students also expressed their thoughts and emotions on this auspicious day.

In the next segment Associate Professor Dr. Kazi Mahmudur Rahman led the oath taking ceremony and shortly after that three representatives were chosen on behalf of MSJ alumni batch fall’19.

Photo: Bishal Bhatterjee receives internship certificate from Dr. Kazi Mahmudur Rahman and Dr. Sarkar Barbaq Quarmal

 

Later, associate professor Dr. Kazi Mahmudur Rahman and assistant professor Dr. Sarkar Barbaq Quarmal handed over the internship certificates on the stage to the graduates one by one.

Finally the event ended with a group picture session, happy faces and echoes of friendly chat between students and faculties at 6.30 pm.

Curtain Falls on ULAB’s Curriculum Integration Fall’2019

The Curriculum Integration (CI) Exhibition of the Fall’19 organized by the Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) Department of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) was held on 2-5 January, 2020. This time the visual exhibition took place at the university’s permanent campus and the debate and film exhibition took place at the Chhayanaut Auditorium.

For the Fall’19 term, the department proposed “Conditioning”, a study by Pavlov on the process of training or accustoming a person or animal to behave in a certain way or to accept certain circumstances, as its subject of research.

Photo: Students take part in a debate on the topic “Bangladeshi Journalists Condition Society to upload social peace”. 

Based on this, the students of the MSJ Department showcased various artworks in the form of street arts, masks, posters, photographs, digital productions focusing the theme.

The visual art exhibition was showcased at the ULAB permanent campus in Mohammadpur and was inaugurated by the chief guest, public anthropologist and columnist Rahnuma Ahmed at 11:00 a.m on January 4, 2020.

The second half of the program was continued at Chhayanaut Auditorium wherein a debate on the topic Bangladeshi Journalists Condition Society to upload social peace was held where, Sushmita S. Preetha, the Editor of The Star Weekend, graced the event as the judge.

Photo: Sushmita S. Preetha, the Editor of The Star Weekend receives token of appreciation from Assistant Professor Dr. Sarkar Barbaq Quarmal.

 

Screening of visual works done by the students was scheduled soon after. Works like “Ballo Bibaho” a public service announcement video on child marriage by Reza Us Salam Nur of the course Created Private Media and “Artcell: Rise of an Evolving Band”, a documentary work done by the students of the course Documentary Production especially grabbed everyone’s attention.

The program came to an end at 5:30 p.m with the students buzzing with enthusiasm. The day ended marking the end of yet another successful Curriculum Integration program for yet another semester until next time.

A site visit to the ULAB IoT Lab by BacBon Ltd. on 8 January 2020

On 08 January 2020, the IoT Lab was visited by Mr. Shahidur Rahman Sayeed, Consultant, and Mr.Md. Manowar Hossain, Project Director of BacBon Ltd. The purpose of the visit was the feasibility of Industry-Academic collaboration on education and research program.
The aim of the BacBon Limited is to feat the modern ICT innovation for the enhancement of the quality education of Bangladesh and Reduce the gap between rural and urban areas by ensuring access to quality education for all.
Dr. Muhammad Golam Kibria accompanied them in the visit. Later, Mr. Manowar Hossain presented and discussed their ongoing Projects at different Public and Private Universities.

ULAB signs MoU with SACMID for promoting MIL

Photo: ULAB Vice Chancellor Prof HM Jahirul Haque and SACMID Director-in-Charge Syed Kamrul Hasan exchange agreement papers after signing a MoU at ULAB campus on December 8, 2019.

 

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Asia Center for Media in Development (SACMID) to work jointly in promoting media and information literacy in Bangladesh.

ULAB Vice Chancellor Prof HM Jahirul Haque and SACMID Director-in-Charge Syed Kamrul Hasan inked the agreement at the ULAB permanent campus in Mohammadpur area of the capital on December 08, 2019.

ULAB Registrar Professor Akhtar Ahmed, Media Studies and Journalism Department Head Professor Jude William R. Genilo, officials from SACMID and MSJ faculty members were also present on the occasion.

Under the MoU, the two organizations will also work for raising awareness about misinformation, disinformation, fake news and rumors; conducting researches and holding workshops trainings on the issues.

The memorandum will be effective for the next one year.

Department of CSE and ULAB Computer Society organized a Project Showcasing Fall 2019

ULAB Department of Computer Science and Engineering along with ULAB Computer Society organized a Project Showcasing Fall 2019 on 2 nd January, 2020 from 11 am to 2 pm. The event held at ULAB permanent campus situated in Ramchardrapur, Dhaka Uddan. The event organized at room PC207 and PC lobby where many enthusiastic innovators came together to showcase their projects. It was a mesmerizing moment to see lots of young innovators came under a roof with many new and exceptional ideas. Not only there were many general students who came across to encourage the participants, but also our respected faculty members were there to boost their confidence. Our faculty members have also analyzed and evaluated each of the projects. There was fierce competition amongst the groups with impressive projects demonstration which made it harder to choose the top three. However, as per the rule, there has to be one champion and first and second runners-ups. Clearing the cloud our honorable faculty members came to a conclusion and selected the best among the best for the Champion and Runners-up position. We found Shameem Riza Emon as our Champion who showcased a project on “Power Aplification”. Project Showcasing Fall’19 finished successfully with an award ceremony in the same day.

Workshop and public lecture on academic publishing and research endeavour abroad

Dr. Raqib Chowdhury, Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia conducted a workshop titled “Academic Publishing in the Social Sciences: Bibliometrics and the Illusions of Impact” and a public lecture titled “Prospecting Research Studies Abroad: The Practicalities of Choosing Topics, Universities and Supervisors” on December 19, 2019, at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Campus A auditorium. The events were organized by the Department of English and Humanities (DEH) in collaboration with the Center for Language Studies (CLS), ULAB.

In the workshop, Dr. Raqib Chowdhury talked about different aspects of scholarly publications, including choosing a suitable topic, submitting to the right journal, and measuring the impact of journals. The workshop was preceded by the public lecture where he discussed the prospects and challenges of conducting research abroad. The lecture was full of insights on approaching a supervisor, choosing a university and a topic as well as preparing a proposal.

Both the workshop and the lecture were attended by academics from different departments of both private and public universities. The discussion sessions were engaging and interactive with interdisciplinary content. The programs were inaugurated by welcome speeches from Professor Shamsad Mortuza, Honourable Pro-Vice-Chancellor of ULAB and ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Shaila Sultana, Advisor of CLS, Adjunct Faculty of DEH, ULAB, and Professor of the Department of English Language, Institute of Modern Languages, University of Dhaka. Ms. Arifa Ghani Rahman, Associate Professor of DEH, ULAB played the role of MC to ensure well-ordered and rewarding outcome of the events.