Dr Amit was awarded an honorary crest and sash by the UWA Society of Bangladeshi Culture-USBC
The UWA Bangladesh Community, an organization of Bangladeshi students, staff, and alamni of the University of Western Australia (UWA), gave a warm welcome Dr Amit Chakma, the recently appointed Bangladesh-born vice-chancellor of UWA, on Saturday.
On the occasion, Dr Amit was awarded an honorary crest and sash by the UWA Society of Bangladeshi Culture-USBC, according to a press release.
The event was held at the Leederville Town Hall auditorium in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. During the event, Dr Amit distributed prizes among the winners of the Annual Sports Competition-2020 arranged by the University of Western Australia’s Bangladeshi Community.
The event began with the singing of the national anthems of Bangladesh and Australia, followed by various cultural performances.
In his speech, Dr Amit said: “You consider me a masterpiece of the country, but I believe you are all incredibly talented. I put all my best effort to do what I did, and effort is key to any success.
Dr Amit was born in Rangmati district of Bangladesh on April 25, 1959. He passed his HSC examination from the renowned Dhaka College in Bangladesh.
He received a scholarship from the Algerian government to study natural gas processing engineering at Algerian Petroleum Institute in Algeria. In 1982, he graduated at the top of his class.
He then moved to Canada and achieved a Master of Applied Science and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1984 and 1987, respectively.
From 1988 until 1996, Chakma taught chemical engineering at the University of Calgary. In 1996, he moved to the University of Regina as a dean of engineering. He then served as Regina's vice president research from 1999 to 2001. During his time at the University of Regina, Chakma was named on Canada's Top 40 under 40 list.
Dr Amit became the vice president academic and provost at the University of Waterloo in 2001. On July 1, 2009, he took charge as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Western Ontario and continued to serve the university until 2019.
He was named VC on UWA in July this year.