UCB, LBF to bridge industry-academia gap

In a significant move to bridge the existing industry-academia gap, Universal College Bangladesh (UCB), the STS Group entity providing world-class education in Bangladesh, has entered into a partnership with LankaBangla Finance PLC. (LBF), a leading provider of integrated financial services.

To this end, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in the presence of the high officials from both organizations at the corporate head office of LankaBangla Finance on Sunday, says a press release.

Manas Singh, CEO of STS Group and Khwaja Shahriar, Managing Director of LankaBangla Finance Limited, signed the memorandum on behalf of their respective organizations.

From LankaBangla Finance PLC, A. K. M. Kamruzzaman, FCMA, Head of Operations; Mostafa Kamal, FCA, Group Company Secretary; KhurshedAlam, Head of Retail Financial Services; Shamim Al Mamun, Chief Financial Officer; Mohammad Hafiz Al Ahad, Head of Human Resources, whereas Amit Prasad, Chief Operating Officer of Universal College Bangladesh (UCB), S M Rahmatul Mujeeb, FCA – Chief Financial Officer of STS Capital Ltd, and S M Risalat Rahman, Assistant Manager of UCB were present at the signing ceremony.

This collaboration is expected to introduce a new chapter and accelerate the efforts to decrease the gap between the industry and the academia, ushering in a new era in the quest for holistic development while benefiting not only students but also the financial sector.

Under this partnership, new scopes for internship, placement and training opportunities at LankaBangla Finance for UCB students will be explored.

Meanwhile, different knowledge-sharing initiatives will be taken where LBF personnel will deliver guest lectures, provide career guidance, and partake in mentoring sessions at UCB.

Both UCB and LBF will join forces to come up with special projects that are expected to cement the synergy between the education and financialsectors.

Khwaja Shahriar, the Managing Director and CEO of LankaBangla Finance PLC., lauded the partnership saying, “We firmly believe in the potential of our youth, and through this partnership, we will empower them with practical experience and knowledge that will help them make a significant progress in their careers.”

It is mentionable that UCB is the first Ministry of Education-approved international education provider in Bangladesh.

They are the exclusive partner of Monash College and, the London School of Economics(LSE) from the University of London (UoL),offering top-quality educational programs to local students who have finished their O/AS/A/HSC levels.

This partnership is just a part of their continuous efforts to create meaningful opportunities for its students.

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Prof. Hew Gill

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Ms. Aura Rahman

Lecturer, Biology

Aura Rahman

Lecturer

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

Lecturer

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

Lecturer

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

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