Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IUB in Bangladesh’s Dhaka effectively hosted a highly anticipated Industry-Academia Meet recently.
The event brought together notable industry leaders, professors, and important stakeholders from a variety of sectors for an insightful and constructive discussion on how to strengthen collaborations between academia and industry.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Tanweer Hasan graced the event with his esteemed presence and reiterated IUB’s commitment to producing tech-savvy, environmentally responsible, and globally conscientious future leaders. He discussed a number of noteworthy university initiatives, such as the “IUB ARROWS” program, which seeks to promote inclusive education, and “Coding For All,” which guarantees that all students have access to technology.
Dr. Mahady Hasan, Interim Dean of the School of Engineering Technology and Science, and Head of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department emphasized the significance of the fourth industrial revolution and the pivotal role played by innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Dr. Hasan emphasized IUB’s commitment to building a Smart Bangladesh and highlighted the university’s cutting-edge laboratory facilities, such as the Fabrication Lab, CCDS Lab, CCSE Lab, and RIOT Lab.
During the event, eminent business leaders shared insightful speeches in which they shared their experience and perspectives. Mr. Wahid Sharif, President of the Bangladesh Association of Contact Center, and Outsourcing (BACCO) emphasized the importance of soft skills such as communication, presentation, and foreign language proficiency. Mr. Sami Ahmed, Managing Director of Startup Bangladesh Limited, highlighted the tremendous opportunities for future startups, particularly in the fields of AI and Cybersecurity. Mr. Syed Almas Kabir, President of the Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry, praised IUB for its unique initiatives, including the Live in Field Experience (LFE) program and foreign language teaching. Mr. Khondkar Atique E Rabbani, Managing Director of The Computers Ltd, emphasized the significance of innovative technologies such as AI and Blockchain. Mr. Syed Tanvir Husain, Chief Human Resources Officer of Grameenphone Ltd., addressed the “Knowing-Doing” gap, stressing the importance of the practical application of knowledge.
The event also featured speeches from renowned industry leaders, including Fahim Mashroor, CEO and Co-founder of BD Jobs; Mr. Zia Ashraf, Co-founder and COO of Chaldal; Mohammad Shamim Chowdhury, Director of HR and Vital Assets at Therap (BD) Ltd.; Mr. Sohel Reza, CEO of ADN Diginet; Mr. Topu Newaj, Executive Vice President of Engineer at Kona Software Ltd.; Mr. Yoshihiko Kato, Team Leader of the International Expert Team at SREDA, JICA; Ms. Mari Iwata, Consultant at SREDA, MRI; Mr. Wahid Choudhury, Founder and CEO of KAZ Software, and many other distinguished industry personnel.
The Industry-Academia Meet, 2023 showcased IUB’s department of CSE’s strong commitment and profound willingness to collaborate and build strong ties with industry in order to contribute to the Smart Bangladesh endeavor. The department of CSE, IUB has devised an action plan, Connecting Dots, which will bring academia and industry together aiming to pave the way for innovation, progress, and sustainable development, read a media release.