The ULABian

The Ulabian is an apprenticeship programme that has been created to help students acquire skills and knowledge required to work in the fields of cultural studies, research and journalism.

The apprenticeship programme has a Bilingual print newspaper (Bengali and English) published once every semester. This enables students to learn about the process of publishing writings from brainstorming, submission of drafts, multiple editing and feedback processes to print and distribution.

Through workshops, story circles, reading and writing sessions The Ulabian members practice their brainstorming, reading, writing and analytical skills. Guest scholars, editors and journalists are invited to conduct workshops and/or give talks to engage students on a range of issues through a range of methods. By processing issues considered, social, economic, personal together through these sessions the students hone their ability to articulate , refute, argue their views and opinions verbally and through writing as they grow together as a community of writers and thinkers. Over the years, from 2010, The Ulabian has run several experiments on its format. Previously The Ulabian focused more on the process of real print journalism but at present the focus is more on introspection, critical reflection, research and creative writing processes.

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Awareness of social issues and appropriate ways to present them in writing
  • Writing articles, features, essays, review, research paper(s)
  • Production of research based argumentation
  • Understanding of trauma informed reflection, sharing and writing practices
  • Conducting Peer Review
  • Learning validation, fact-checking of information
  • Editing and Feedback Process
  • Confidence in writing skills
  • Confidence in articulating feelings, thoughts, opinions to text


Each semester a new Executive Body of students are announced who lead the activities of the term, coordinate creative activities, design posters, pitch topics for workshops and events etc. General Members can become eligible for a position on the Executive Board once they show that they are consistent and driven in participation and work assigned to them over two semesters. General Members can also pitch activities to the Executive Body and the Advisor but they will be mentored by an Executive Board member if they become the point person for the event.

Advisor: Hiya Islam, Lecturer, Media Studies and Journalism

12th March 2020 – Reading Session and Discussion. Reading Assigned: “Sultana’s Dream” by Begum Rokeya, originally published in ?ℎ? ?????? ??????’ ????????, Madras, 1905, in English

27th February 2020 – The Ulabian’s writing session conducted by the advisor.

16th, 22nd February 2020 Storytelling Workshop conducted by The EROTICS, a project funded by Asian for Progressive Communication (APC) hosted by The Ulabian at the Permanent Campus. Facilitators: Parsa Sanjana Sajid, Zahra Mayeesha and Saima Akhter Afsha.

Writing Session and discussion in Fall 2019

Quotes by Students on The Ulabian

Muhammad Ibrahim Mojid, 171012037

The ULABian is a place where one can learn how to think and how to apply it into real world situations. Instead of chasing for opportunities, you can create your own project here. This is beyond an apprenticeship program

Meer Iftakharul Hassan Ifty, 181012055

[ “The ULABian” is a place for students to develop their thinking. Here you can express your creativity through workshops, seminars, debating and writing. At the end of the day, this apprenticeship program will help you to build your portfolio and you will learn how to present yourself. ]


Jannati Ferdowsi Meem, 183012024

‘The ULABian is not just a newspaper.This program offers a platform for you to be yourself, to be creative, to be who you want to be.It also helps to portray your interests, your views and helps to show people who you are, what you think and believe. ‘


Zareen Anika Islam, 171012001

In The Ulabian, you will not only understand the inner workings of a campus based newspaper but also enjoy the rewarding experiences of teaching your fellow peers. The joy of seeing individuals grow and break out of their limitations is absolutely priceless and that is something you will see quite often, here at The Ulabian.


Nahian Jamal Joyeeta- 193012011

Once we start speaking our minds, and noting them down, it becomes necessary for some of it to smudge its ink over other minds. At The ULABian, you let that ink take the form and shape of immortality on its pages. Your mind needs space to flourish and blott, and here is where to find it.