Syed Saad Andaleeb | The Daily Star
  • Syed Saad Andaleeb

    Vice Chancellor of BRAC University and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University.

  • How NRBs can help boost research

    Winter is a great time for the replenishment of academia in Bangladesh when many Non-Resident Bangladeshi (NRB) academics alight on our shores for both personal and professional reasons.
  • What ails the commercial research industry?

    Here is an example of an organisation that benefitted substantially from research: Courtyard by Marriott found out that business travellers needed hassle-free service, relevant information, and time to relax during their travels. They made their check-in and check-out procedures efficient; seeded their website with maps, restaurant types and locations, and promotional materials; and introduced quiet lounges which didn't have music or TV noise to cause distraction. I don't need to elaborate on Marriott's customer satisfaction ratings or their bottom line!
  • Attaining global standards in our universities

    With every new discovery, we enter a new realm of knowledge that quickly reveals our inadequacies and how much more we need to know.
  • Building a framework for skill development

    Of the 30 million youth between the ages of 18 and 25 in Bangladesh, roughly three million go on to pursue higher education.
  • Building research universities

    In an editorial I wrote in the Journal of Bangladesh Studies in 2003, I had noted a perplexing and worrisome situation in Bangladesh's academic institutions, both public and private – lack of a research culture.