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Dhaka Tribune

Our higher education needs to be more research-focused

We must rethink the very fundamentals of our higher education

Update : 30 May 2024, 02:46 PM

There is no denying that Bangladesh has made remarkable strides in various sectors. However, one area that has demanded urgent attention for some time now is the promotion of research in higher education institutions. The current landscape of research in Bangladeshi universities continues to be marred by several challenges that need to be addressed if we are to continue on our development trajectory.

Inadequate funding, lack of state-of-the-art facilities, and a dearth of skilled researchers are some of the shortcomings that continue to hinder our ability to take our higher education research to the next level. Furthermore, the absence of a strong research culture and limited industry-academia collaborations also impede means that more often than not, there is a disconnect between research findings and practical applications.

To address these issues, we must rethink the very fundamentals of our higher education and prioritize research activities at the forefront of this change through allocating substantial funds and simultaneously fostering a research-oriented mindset among both students and faculty.

Moreover, universities should actively seek collaborations with industries and international research institutions. Such partnerships not only facilitate knowledge exchange but also ensure that research endeavors align with real-world challenges and market demands. By bridging the gap between academia and industry, universities can contribute to technological advancements, product development, and economic growth.

Ultimately, we want those within higher education to show critical thinking and problem-solving skills -- skills we have long argued are the foundation for the needs of the 21st century. Elevating the research landscape in higher education is a necessary strategic investment in our future prosperity that will help position us as the knowledge-based economy we aspire to become.

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