Monash Open Day held at Universal College Bangladesh campus – Study in Malaysia & Australia

Universal College Bangladesh (UCB), the exclusive partner of Monash College in Bangladesh, had a Monash Open Day on August 24, 2023. Hundreds of talented and aspiring young students joined the event held at the UCB campus in Gulshan Avenue, and exchanged ideas on ideal methods and strategies for approaching quality higher education abroad.

Study in Malaysia & Australia

The objective of the Monash Open Day event was to introduce students to the Monash programs available at Universal College Bangladesh and show students how to begin their international educational journey from Dhaka to Monash University in Australia or Malaysia. Monash University is currently ranked #42 in the QS World University Rankings and entry for international students is extremely competitive. UCB is the only Ministry of Education-approved international education provider in Bangladesh and is also the exclusive partner of Monash College offering Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY), Monash University Pathway (MCD), and other top-quality educational programs to local students who have finished their O/AS/A/HSC levels. Students who complete a Monash University pathway program at UCB in Dhaka are guaranteed entry to a program at Monash University in Melbourne or Malaysia.

How to Study in Monash University From Bangladesh

Professor Dr Hew Gill, the President & Provost of Universal College Bangladesh, welcomed the distinguished visitors from Monash University, including Alphonsa Pakiam, Head of South Asia and Africa for Monash University, Aasha Balaji, Team Leader on Special Projects and Bangladesh, Daniel Lum, Senior Executive, International Recruitment and Development, Monash University of Malaysia, and Azra Karim, In Country Representative for Bangladesh. The Monash party also included Rob Cioffi from Art, Humanities Social Science; Dermott McGrath representing Information Technology; Justin Burnell from, Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences; Guillermo Leguizamon from Science; and Patrick Soo representing Business, accompanied by colleagues from the International Student Recruitment (ISR) team.

Alphonsa Pakiam, Head of South Asia and Africa, Monash University said, “Every young person deserves the opportunity to aim for a successful career in the fields of their passion and interest. We are here today to help students bridge the gap between their dreams and current reality. It has been a gratifying experience to see so many inspired faces today at the Monash Open Day event, and I thank UCB for their wonderful efforts in Bangladesh”.

Prof. Dr Hew Gill, President & Provost of UCB, said, “As the first higher education institution in Bangladesh to be given permission by the Ministry of Education to offer international university programs, it has been our objective to open the door to high-quality and affordable foreign education for students in Bangladesh. With our friends at Monash, UCB is helping to develop the human capital and world-class skills that will enable Bangladesh to achieve the vision of becoming a higher middle-income country in the next few years. We have programs for National Curriculum and international school students, and we aim to give all our students and their guardians the highest quality educational experience at a reasonable cost. As the gateway to Monash University, we develop our students’ full potential and prepare them for the educational success that will lead to careers as skilled and highly paid-professionals. We hope that this Open Day has inspired more young Bangladeshis to begin their own Monash story with UCB here in Dhaka.”.

During the event, students and their guardians met the seasoned faculty members from Monash University Malaysia and asked many questions about studying a Monash program. The faculty gave the students expert guidance on the best education options for them, explaining the many education pathways and multiple degree options available to students studying Monash programs at UCB. The faculty also dealt with important questions like future career prospects and this made the event thoroughly informative and helpful for students at every stage of their education. The Monash Open Day also gave visiting students the chance to explore the state-of the-art UCB campus and chat with students from the Monash programs to gain a better understanding of how Australian courses teach essential transferable skills. UCB also arranged an information desk for its sister company Eduko Pathways so that attendees could find out how easy it is to transition from the Gulshan campus to study in Melbourne or Malaysia.

Monash University pathway programs

Prof. Dr Ismail Hossain, Dean of Academic Affairs said, “At UCB, students get the unique opportunity to pursue their Monash University pathway programs like MUFY and MCD, and to begin their international education at home before heading to complete their degree at Monash University Malaysia or Melbourne. I studied for my doctorate at Monash University and I want to extend the same golden opportunity for a world-class degree to as many young Bangladeshis as possible.”


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Prof. Hew Gill

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Ms. Aura Rahman

Lecturer, Biology

Aura Rahman


Aura Rahman is a lecturer at Universal College Bangladesh. She is also acting as a coordinator for the Monash University Foundation Year program. Aura attained her bachelor’s (BSc in Biomedical Sciences) from University College London, United Kingdom. She then completed her master’s (Msc in Biotechnology) from North South University. Her research interest lies in the field of genomic epidemiology of infectious diseases. Her contribution in several local and international research projects have led to publications in several highly ranked peer-reviewed journals including BMC Genomics, Nature Scientific Reports, Science and FEMS Microbiology Letters.

Mr. Md Kamal Hossain

Lecturer, Mathematics

Md. Kamal Hossain


Mr. Kamal Hossain is working as a Lecturer at Universal College Bangladesh. He completed B.Sc. in Mathematics and M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Dhaka. He is an M Phil researcher at BUET. His research interests are mathematical modeling in biology, machine learning programming, etc. Some of his research papers are in the pipeline for publication in international journals. He is a lifetime member of the Dhaka University Mathematics Alumni Association.

Ms. Ambreen Zaman

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, CSE

Ambreen Zaman

Senior Lecturer

Ambreen Zaman is a senior lecturer with eight years of experience in various local universities in Bangladesh. She is currently pursuing a PhD degree at the University of Bremen, Germany. She obtained a master’s degree in information technology from the Institute of Information Technology at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her research papers have been published in national and international journals and conferences. The area of research she is most interested in is human-computer interaction.

Mr. Dewan Muhammad Nur -A Yazdani

Senior Lecturer, Global Studies

Dewan Muhammad Nur -A Yazdani

Senior Lecturer

Dewan Yazdani is a Senior Lecturer at the Universal College Bangladesh. He is also acting as the MONASH University Foundation Program Coordinator. Dewan attained his MSc (Research Methods) from Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom. He also has a master’s degree in international business from the University of Wollongong, Australia. His research interest lies in the field of Social Media Marketing, Digital Marketing, Higher Education Marketing, Service Marketing, Public Health, and Consumer Behavior. Dewan Yazdani also published in leading local and international academic journals such as PLOS ONE, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Health Security, Annals of Global Health, Journal of Advanced Research in Economics and Administrative Sciences.

Ms. Tazin Islam Nova

Adjunct Lecturer-Law, UCB

Mr. Monirul Hasan

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Computer Science

Ms. Nahida Parvin

Lecturer, Business Studies

Nahida Parvin


Nahida Parvin is a lecturer at Universal College Bangladesh. Before joining UCB, she worked as a lecturer of accounting and marketing at Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology (AUST). Nahida has received her MBA & BBA degrees, majoring in Accounting & Information Systems, from the University of Dhaka. She has been the recipient of “Dean’s Honor Award 2018”, awarded by the University of Dhaka. Currently, Nahida is on study leave. She is pursuing her second master’s degree in “Quantitative Finance & Data Science” at Oklahoma State University, USA. Her research interest lies in the field of ESG accounting, ESG finance, circular economy, and data analytics in the field of accounting and finance. Apart from being a lecturer, Nahida also served as a program coordinator for Monash University Foundation Year program at UCB from August 2021 to May 2023.

Ms. Habiba Kibria

Lecturer, Marketing

Habiba Kibria

Senior Lecturer

Ms Habiba Kibria is a working as a Senior Lecturer at Universal College Bangladesh. She completed her Masters in Marketing from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and holds a double degree in Bachelor of Marketing and Human Resource Management from North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has been in academia throughout her career- from being a Lecturer to a Student Councilor to a Country Manager for a foreign university. Her area of interest lies in customer service management, consumer behavior and digital marketing. She holds the Duke of Edinburgh award at Broze level and has been awarded as one of the best project coordinators during her high school community service days. She was an active volunteer at Jaago Foundation and participated in multiple fundraising events. She was also the official Master of Ceremony for her university both in Bangladesh and in Australia.

Ms. Farin Daulah

Lecturer, English