The American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) and the Daffodil International University (DIU), two leading universities in Bangladesh have been selected by the International Association of Universities(IAU), UNESCO, Paris in view of its ardent commitment to internationalization. The present initiatives of these universities are enhanced with the launching of IAU’s Internationalization Strategies Advisory Service (ISAS). The advisory service which focused on the outcome of the self-assessment  conducted by each university on internationalization based on the  framework provided and the valuable information generated from the various sectors of each of these universities. The joint conference held on 28 January 2016 in Westin Hotel becomes a platform bringing together institutional leaders and key officials  to further expound and convey their perspectives and experiences on the internationalization issues and concerns. The observations and global knowledge of the IAU’s experts composed of Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary General of IAU, spoke on global internationalization; Dr. Anna Ciccarelli , IAU Board Member discussed on how internationalization strategies can be adapted in different contexts and Prof. Dr. S.M. Kabir shared his views on the impact of the regional perspective of internationalization to Bangladesh. Mr. Giorgio Marinoni, the Manager of HE and Internationalization policy and projects , IAU have put the conference in the right persperctive. The invited speakers likewise increased the level of interaction for improved internationalization at home. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah, Member, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh and Prof. Dr. Mesbahuddin Ahmed, Head, QAU, UGC shared their insights on the government’s perspective on internationalization, and quality assurance, respectively. The two Vice Chancellors of AIUB and DIU, Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna and Prof. Dr. Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, respectively warmly welcomed the participants especially the honorable chief and special guests,  IAU experts, Vice Chancellors of the other universities, Deans, Program Directors, Directors of the IQAC and others. The open discussions and contributions in terms of university’s practices and experiences by the participants were indeed  valuable and challenging to serve as basis for a comprehensive framework of internationalization for the two sponsoring universities but generally, to the universities in Bangladesh. The Conference was closed by Prof. Dr. M. Lutfar Rahman, Professor Emeritus of DIU and the vote of thanks was expressed by the Prof. Dr. Charles C. Villanueva, Pro Vice Chancellor of AIUB. The joint conference ended with a note that this platform will continue to bring about change in the values and knowledge as universities continue to explore and implement the tenets of internationalization.

Workshop Presentation

Adapting Internationalization

Global Trends

Regional Perspective

 

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