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The University of Dhaka’s Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center held a seminar on November 29 on the “Role of Universities in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Realisation” at Prof. Abdullah Faruk Conference Room, Faculty of Business Studies, said a press release.
Executive Director of the ICE Center, Md. Rashedur Rahman, opened the seminar with some opening remarks. Zuena Aziz, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs), Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), was present as the chief guest on the occasion, Lee Jang-Keun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, was the guest of honour. Sk. Saifur Rahman, Deputy Editor, Online Prothom Alo; Professor Fakhrul Alam, Director of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Research Institute for Peace and Liberty, University of Dhaka, and Kamran T Rahman, Senior Vice President of MCCI, were present as special guests. The lecture was closed by Professor Dr. Khondoker Bazlul Haque, Vice Chairman of the ICE Center at the University of Dhaka.
SDGs Network of Future Leaders, a platform of youth enthusiasts and problem solvers was launched at the seminar. The platform is to act as a voice on SDGs realisation through talks, discussions, debates and idea generation.
Zuena Aziz highlighted the roles of different stakeholders in SDGs realisation. She said the youth have played a fundamental role in socio-cultural and economic development of society. To realize the vision of 2041, youth should play a significant role and she was very happy that a network has been launched by ICE Center to address this issue.
Ambassador Lee Jang-Keun said that innovation is critical to address the SDGs and he said that the South Korean government will work on this issue in partnership with the University of Dhaka especially by addressing entrepreneurial initiatives to address SDGs in the project titled ‘Capacity Building of Universities in Bangladesh to Promote Youth Entrepreneurship (PYE)’.
Md. Rashedur Rahman, while highlighting the research, education, governance and external leadership, said that university as an institution should be considered in policy formulation and voice of student leaders has the utmost importance in realizing the SDGs.
Professor Dr. Fakhrul Alam said that university is a place where ideas and ideologies are developed. If universities are taken seriously in SDGs realization then whole society will be benefitted.
Kamran T Rahman in his speech highlighted the need of collaborative initiatives from industries and other stakeholders.
Sheikh Saifur Rahman encouraged the youth to work for the neglected industries for the sake of sustainable development. He said that whoever is working on sustainable development goals ought to know their own roots and gain profound knowledge on our own country first. The practice of ‘Know Thyself’ is a must now.
Professor Khondoker Bazlul Haque in his concluding remarks mentioned that the 4IR and French revolution were greatly influenced by the educational institutions and now in SDGs realisation, universities also can play a significant role.
Before this seminar, an essay competition was held on the same issue, and at the award ceremony that followed, some of the winners spoke out on why the university should prioritize collaboration over competition when it comes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.