May 19, 2013 | 08:51 PM (BD Time)
19 May, 2013 Sunday
Education for sustainable development seminar held at IUBAT
A seminar on Education for Sustainable Development was held at the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) on March 20, 2012. The seminar was attended by the students, faculties and members of the staff of the University. A delegation consisting of six persons headed by Prof Koji Matsuoka from the Kobe University, Japan and Mr Kiichi Oyasu of UNESCO, Dhaka attended the seminar. The seminar was presided over by Prof Dr M Alimullah Miyan, founder and Vice- Chancellor of IUBAT. Prof Koji Matsuoka defined Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and discussed the mechanism and scope of the study. Dr Ataur Rahman coordinated the seminar and informed that the farmers of Bangladesh have century long experience on organic farming and this system should be recognized by the international body as it is contributing to the sustainable farming practices.
In his speech, Prof Dr Alimullah Miyan said that sustainability issue needs serious attention from all corners. There are separate bodies to look after issues like food, environment, agriculture but there exists little coordination and cooperation of works among them. He urged upon IUBAT people to integrate and apply knowledge of all disciplines taught and generated with a view to establish sustainable development in the society. We should share our experience, wisdom, knowledge and ideas through dialogue and participation to this process and make our motherland a safe place for living. IUBAT has working experience on flood, drought, management of coasts and hopes to establish agreement on academic cooperation to work on sustainable issue with Kobe University, Japan.
IUBAT is the first non-government University in Bangladesh. The overall objective of this University is Human Resource Development through appropriate teaching, training and guidance and it gives more emphasis to need-based education. The introduction of Bachelor of Science courses in Nursing and Tourism and Hospitality Management are the evidences of such efforts. The IUBAT mission calls for holistic development of a student through the combination of academic and extra academic activities, dress and behavior code, and getting education in an English-speaking milieu. The University is expanding both in terms of quantity and quality and is marching ahead to open more departments like Law and Health Sciences to cater to the needs of the community people.
The concept of educating at least one technical graduate from one village under Knowledge Based Area Development Program (KBAD) has gained momentum in recent time. Irrespective of the educational and financial backgrounds, nobody is denied for education in IUBAT.
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