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Higher Education Quality Improvement in Bangladesh

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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International Research Experience, Quality Improvement, and Programs/Curriculum Around the Globe

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25.695.1 - 25.695.10



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Quamrul H. Mazumder University of Michigan, Flint

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Quamrul Mazumder is an Associate Professor of mechanical engineering at University of Michigan, Flint. His research interests includes computational fluid dynamics, metacognition approaches of learning, active and experiential learning, renewable energy, and global engineering education. His teaching areas are fluid mechanics, renewable energy, introduction to engineering, and senior design. He is a Fulbright specialist in engineering education discipline.

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Md. Rezaul Karim Ph.D. Khulna University, Bangladesh

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Urban and rural planning discipline. Email: Click the following link a detailed biography:

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Serajul I. Bhuiyan Auburn University, Montgomery

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Educated in Bangladesh and United States, Serajul I. Bhuiyan has more than 20 years of experience as professor, Researcher, International Consultant, and an academic executive. Currently, he is professor and Head of the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts at Auburn University, Montgomery (AUM), Ala., USA. Before joining AUM in 2008, Bhuiyan served as Professor and Director of Mass Communication and Journalism at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, USA; the professor and Founding Director of the Mass Communication Department at Texas A&M University, Texarkana, USA; and Associate Professor of Communication at Alcorn State University in Mississippi, USA. Prior to joining Alcorn State, he served as Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Visiting Professor at University of South Australia, the Griffith University in Australia, and National University of Ireland. He worked for the United Nations, the Netherlands government, and the government of Malaysia as a training consultant. He served as a consultant for the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) in Bangladesh funded by the World Bank. Bhuiyan has earned his Ph.D. degree in mass communications from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in May 1996, as a World Bank Scholar. He received his M.B.A. from Texas A&M University, Texarkana, in 2003. He received his B.S. (honors) in economics and rural sociology and M.S. in ag. communication from BAU in 1983 and 1985, respectively. He further studied in graduate programs at Cornell University, Iowa State University, University of Dubuque, Iowa, and at the University of Philippines at Los Banos, Philippines. He received professional training in journalism from Harvard University, Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Inc., Poynter Institute, American Press Institute, American Society of Newspaper Editors, and the Pew Research Center. He worked with the newspapers as a Reporter/Stringer/Guest Columnist and Associate Editor for about 15 years in USA, Singapore, Japan, and Bangladesh. Bhuiyan was an Associate Editor of Madison Times and Guest Columnist for Wisconsin State Journal, the Capital Times in Wisconsin, USA, the Business Times in Singapore, and the Asahi Evening News in Tokyo. He was a News Reporter for the Daily Ittefaq, the New Nation, and radio and television in Bangladesh. Bhuiyan was awarded a fellowship from the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) Institute for Journalism Excellence in the summer 2001. Under this fellowship, he worked for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, a Knight Ridder newspaper in Georgia, and he interviewed former President Jimmy Carter in July 20, 2001, which created national and international headlines. He acted as a peer reviewer for various professional journals in Asia, Australia, and the United States. Bhuiyan is actively involved in Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in USA. He has authored more than 46 research papers and wrote a chapter of a book on media in Asia.

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Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education Quality Improvement in BangladeshThere have been on-going efforts and initiatives by all stakeholders of higher education systemof Bangladesh to improve quality by developing a unified standard among all higher educationinstitutions. The efforts and initiatives were mostly unsuccessful due to lack of understanding ofthe current state of quality and the problems associated with them. The problem is graduallymagnifying as new private universities are evolving without any infrastructure, lack ofgovernment regulation and absence of any accreditation bodies. A large project has beeninitiated three years ago where government and World Bank financed a number of projects toenhance quality showed little or no progress in this area.The paper will present the real challenges faced by the higher education systems identifying theroot cause and how these can be addressed effectively. Experience from recent visit toBangladesh as a consultant to improve quality of higher education revealed that the highereducation system requires a major overhaul. There is no pedagogical research or training byfaculty and their motivation levels are lower than required. Higher education system uses rotememorization approach rather than critical thinking by students. The current non-transparent,inefficient system with significant political and economic pressure must be changed before anyimprovement can be made. Information presented in this paper will be valuable for otherdeveloping countries as they may face similar issues in their higher education systems.

Mazumder, Q. H., & Karim, M. R., & Bhuiyan, S. I. (2012, June), Higher Education Quality Improvement in Bangladesh Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21452

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