British Council Bangladesh, in partnership with the University Grants Commission (UGC), organised the International Higher Education Symposium on February 24, 2020 at a hotel in the capital.
The conference focused on raising awareness and develop an understanding of the value of focusing on quality enhancement through the professional development of teachers in higher education and curriculum reform. The event provided opportunities for participants to explore and debate the future direction of teaching and learning, and its professionalization, to enhance the quality of higher education globally, regionally and in Bangladesh.
To meet the growing needs for graduate-level employment in a knowledge-based society, the conference brought light to the need for the professional development opportunities of the university faculty members and the necessity to enhance the curriculum. It also highlighted the contribution of teaching and the learning process that can ensure the quality enhancement of the higher education sector in Bangladesh.
Md Mahbub Hossain, secretary, Ministry of Education was present as the chief guest of the symposium while Professor Kazi Shahidullah, chairman, University Grants Commission, Bangladesh was present as the guest of honour, says a press release.
The symposium was presided over by Tom Miscioscia, country director, British Council, Bangladesh. Around 200 stakeholders of the higher education sector in Bangladesh, including senior government officials from the Ministry of Education, University Grant Commission, representatives from development agencies, vice-chancellors and senior professors from different public and private universities were present at the event.
Robert Chatterton Dickson, British high commissioner, Bangladesh and Kanbar Hossein-Bor, British deputy high commissioner, Bangladesh were also present to support the cause of the symposium.