“Tertiary education and Research are the solutions” -Global Education Summit 2021

Even though many countries developed their systems with online learning systems, some countries like Bangladesh are still dealing with the adaptation of a new way of learning. With a promising aim to enrich students all over the country, for the first time in Bangladesh, Youth School for Social Entrepreneurs(YSSE) took an enormous step to organize “Global Education Summit-2021”. Many renowned and outstanding speakers all over the globe were present and part of some amazing interactive sessions discussing the present situation of the education system and what steps should be needed for a bright future of the system.

The 2nd and last day of the summit, the chief guest Dr. Mokhlesur Rahman, Senior Operations Officer of The World Bank shared his valuable insights with the participants about the present situation of our education system. He is an excellent mentor and uniquely experienced in establishing international partnerships for skills and tertiary education development.

In the last 50 years, Bangladesh has had many developments in many sectors. Though in the education sector, there is much more to be done to have an impactful result to face 21st century’s challenges. Any country can progress through their research field but in our country progression in the research, the sector is not the main priority for anyone. So, there should be more funding in the research sector and also in tertiary education. Students should be more innovative and gain more knowledge about methodical research. It would be almost impossible for the government to single-handedly manage to level up the present education system unless students are willing to devote themselves to learning. Dr. Mokhlesur Rahman also stated his point to put importance on innovation,  governance, gender discrimination, soft skills & the agricultural sector of Bangladesh.

The keynote speaker, Rafeed Elahi Chowdhury, Co-founder of Torun also made his point about making a realistic education system by getting used to the e-learning process.

The first interactive panel discussion was about the current situation and post-pandemic steps for the betterment of the education system. S.M.Arifuzzaman (Associate professor & Head School of Business, Canadian University Business School & Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at Canadian University of Bangladesh) was the moderator for the panel discussion. Mohammad Amaan Ullah (Founder & Chief Organizer, English Olympiad), Dr Mohammod Moninoor Rashid (Associate Professor and Head, Department of Language Education & Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of Dhaka), Dr Mohammad Tareque Rahman (Director | Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) & Associate Professor, General Education Department (GED).

The second panel discussion was more focused on going abroad for higher studies. Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed (E-learning/ Digital Transformation strategist & Associate Professor, Dept of Marketing, Dhaka University) was the moderator for the panel discussion. The panelists were Prof. Dr. Md. Golam Samdani Fakir (Vice-Chancellor, Green University of Bangladesh) & Professor Abdul Hannan Chowdhury (Ph.D. (USA), M.S. (USA), Post Doc (Canada), Dean and Professor of School of Business and Economics(SBE), North-South University) are the panel speakers.

The special guest, Mr Atiur Rahman, former governor of Bangladesh Bank said, “ More research and entrepreneurship development should be involved in education so that students can be more skillful and empowered after finishing graduation.”

Another special guest, Mr. Ashfaq Zaman, Director of Asia, SFAI Spain, said, “ To make a change and to make a great nation, we have to make sure with world-class education. Only then we can work together to build a nation with success and development.”

The guest of honors H.E.Mr ITO Naoki and Earl M. Miller both emphasized developing communication skills and adopting e-learning methods which will be the future of the education system.

Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf Hossain, the curator of Global Education Summit 2021 thanked Earl R. Miller, Ambassador USA to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. and H.E. Mr. ITO Naoki Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh for being the guest of honor of the event. He also thanked the Chief Guest of the event Moklesur Rahman, Senior Operations Officer, The World Bank for sharing his view on education in the current situation.

The keynote speaker, Rafeed Elahi Chodhury,Co-founder of Torun also made his point about making a realistic education system by getting used to the e-learning process.

With an invitation for participating in upcoming years “Global Education Summit ” Md Rafiul Shah, Convener of “Global Education Summit-2021” expressed his gratitude to everyone for being a part of this impactful summit and making a remarkable history

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