He said this while delivering his written speech at the 18th Convocation, 2017 of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB).
IUB conferred degrees to 1419 graduating students at their Bashundhara campus in Dhaka.
Sir Abed said to the students that although building a career, chasing promotions and starting families would keep the students busy in the near future, they should still increase their engagement as citizens in a world that faces challenges like terrorism and climate change.
Abed said: “It is what you contribute to society that will be your true mark in the world, not what you have achieved for yourselves.”
He also said that many global leaders today speak of eradicating extreme poverty from the world, which is not a quixotic dream. Abed said that Bangladesh could serve as a model for such development.
On behalf of the President and Chancellor of the university, Abdul Hamid, the Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid presided over the ceremony and conferred degrees among the students.
University Grants Commission Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan attended the event as a special guest. IUB Trustee Board Chairman Rashed Chowdhury and IUB Vice-Chancellor Professor Omar Rahman and Abdul Hai Sarker, chairman of Education, Science, Technology and Cultural Development Trust also attended the ceremony among others.