Experts: Young generation can play pivotal role in 4IR

Experts have emphasized the active role of the young generation in using their productivity and ideas by taking part in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).

They were speaking at an inaugural ceremony of a project, “Capacity Building of Universities in Bangladesh to Promote Youth Entrepreneurship”, on Saturday at the central playground of Dhaka University (DU). The project was launched as part of the university’s centenary celebrations. 

The Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Centre (ICE) of DU and the University Grants Commission (UGC) will jointly implement the project with financial assistance from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The project will focus on entrepreneurship education and develop innovative skills at DU.

Addressing the project launching ceremony as the chief guest, Planning minister MA Mannan said Korea and Bangladesh had shared good relations for a long time.

“The collaboration in education and entrepreneurship will further strengthen the relationship. The project will equip our students with knowledge of creativity and entrepreneurship,” he hoped.

Lee Jang-keun, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Bangladesh, said: “South Korea has been enjoying excellent relations with Dhaka University for a long time. Since Bangladesh has a large number of youths, they have to play a vital role in meeting the SDG goals.” 

Leading organizations like Google were dominating the world without manufacturing products or a factory. They only generated the ideas, he said.

“I believe Bangladeshis also have that capacity to play a vital role in the fourth industrial revolution with their ideas,” the ambassador added.  

Bilateral relations between the two countries would be further strengthened through implementation of this project, he added.

Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, vice-chancellor of DU, thanked the Korean and Bangladesh governments for their initiative to launch the project.

“DU has been chosen to set up the project centre but universities across the country will benefit from this,” he hoped.

“This pilot project will play an effective role in the capacity building of the young generation on innovation and entrepreneurship. Academic and research activities will be further strengthened between DU and universities in Korea through this project,” the DU VC added.

DU Pro-VC Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamal said: “In the neo-liberal globalization, collaboration and partnership are the most important things. If we can link entrepreneurship to our academic area, it will add further value.”

At the event, Satya Prasad Majumder, VC of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), urged the creation of a common platform to promote entrepreneurship.

Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Md Mahbub Hossain, UGC Member Prof Abu Taher, DU Business Studies Faculty Dean Prof Muhammad Abdul Moyeen, Project Manager Derik Kim, Vice-Chairman of DU ICE Prof Khondoker Bazlul Hoque, DU Teachers Association President Prof Md Rahmat Ullah and Executive Director of ICE Md Rashedur Rahman were present, among others, on the occasion. 

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