The future of higher education in Bangladesh
Dr. Md Sabur KhanThe main problem with the existing skills gap is our outdated education system. There is no analysis done by universities, government or research bodies in identifying the kind of skills needed in accordance to the market demand. Masters in Cyber Security, Social Security, Social Business, Digital Marketing, Agro-Business, Entrepreneurship, are all important for Bangladesh currently. An entrepreneurial mindset is required to seize the right opportunities. Change can be brought about if proper governance is in place when dealing with affiliated bodies. Most research analysis is done by private organisations, but it is the duty of the government to make the general public aware about issues concerning skills gap in the country. The government should also allocate the number of job recruitments for each sector.
Founder & Chairman, Daffodil International University
One of our biggest battles that we fight as the representatives of universities is keeping the level of unemployment of our students as low as possible. We take full responsibility for this situation and work directly with the unemployed students to identify what needs to be done.
We award three credits to students who can launch an innovative product into the market. The students should focus on gaining knowledge and skills that will aid them in their future careers. The lack of endorsement by the government restricts students from having enough faith to try out something new. We are trying our best to endorse our subjects to the private, public and other sectors, in an attempt to reduce the number of unemployed students.
We are forming a student congress consisting of 2,500 students where the unemployed students will be given a chance to provide an explanation for their unemployment. I believe there is a lack of soft skills among the individuals. Current and past students interested in learning soft skills will be recommended by our university to other places with waivers to gain training. We have also introduced other development programmes such as EDF (Entrepreneurship Development Fund), which will facilitate a no interest loan of 10,000 to 200,000 taka for student entrepreneurs. We have also organised an innovation lab which contains a maker space for the entrepreneurs to make products and sell them at any price. The lab has 3D printers, CLC cutting machines, RMD, animation and design facilities, and test labs. We also host a monthly programme called startup market where we encourage students to sell their products.
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Md. Tarekol Islam Sobuj
Daffodil International University