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Watch: Mixed feelings among teachers, students over Dhaka University ranking in Asia

  • Published at 08:38 pm January 11th, 2018

Teachers and students of Dhaka University have mixed reactions to the news of Dhaka University (DU) being ranked in Times Higher Education (THE)’s 350 leading universities in Asia. The teachers of the institution have expressed their positive attitudes to how an important role DU played with the university’s research programs while students pointed to the need for proper facilities and improving the educational environment. Professor Dr Sadeka Halim, dean of social sciences said, “DU’s highly qualified academicians are playing a vital role through their research and academic excellence and made it possible to secure the ranking.”
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Dr Sadeka stressed on the importance of recruiting teachers with academic excellence and expressed her concerns over the inadequate facilities that students can avail. Professor Md Mofizur Rahman, chairperson of mass communication and journalism said: “Our university authorities are trying their best. My hope is that in the future we'll be in a better position which will close the gap with top ranked Asian universities.” Despite the recent news, many students are concerned over the lack of facilities and shared their opinions on how to improve the experience at DU better. Tarek Hasan Nirjhor, a masters student, said: “In the last budget, the university allocated 2% for research which is insufficient to say the least for an educational institution. The University administration needs to solve the accommodation crisis and better develop learning methodologies.” [caption id="attachment_239594" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Students of Dhaka University in front of the historic Arts Building in the campus Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune[/caption] On January 9, the university notified the news media that Times Higher Education (THE), the London-based organization, has confirmed DU’s achievement via a letter addressed to the university. Times Higher Education is currently set to release the Asia University Ranking at Asia Universities Summit which will be held on February 5 till February 7, 2018 in Shenzhen city, China. Presidents/Vice-Chancellors of all leading universities in Asia will participate at this three-day long summit where Dhaka University’s VC has also been invited. Dhaka University is among 1000 universities from all over the world that has made it to World University Rankings 2018. THE has the only global university performance table that judges universities based on teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. It uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide a reliable benchmark for students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.