San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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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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