Syed Saad Andaleeb

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

November 27, 2020
November 27, 2020

Do I Belong?

John Denver felt at home in West Virginia. Similarly, students want to feel at home in their academic institutions. At least that’s what a recent survey by The Academic Experience Project,...

November 20, 2020
November 20, 2020

University Life: A Dream or a Nightmare?

University life is going to be the best time of your life! We often hear this growing up, and yet when we do reach that level, we find that it is not at all what we expected it to be. So, what...

November 13, 2020
November 13, 2020

How relevant are academic programmes in universities?

The unemployment rate among university graduates in Bangladesh has risen sharply. A study conducted by the Centre for Policy Dialogue indicated that about 46 percent of the total unemployed youth...

November 6, 2020
November 6, 2020

Rekindling the Joy of Learning

Many are the number of universities in Bangladesh, both public and private. Large numbers of students graduate every year from these institutions. But how many of them really experience the joy of...

November 6, 2020
November 6, 2020

How to get the best out of our students?

How should we see our students: as customers or products? In my four-plus decades in academia, I have seen them quite differently: as co-creators of knowledge.

July 27, 2020
July 27, 2020

Some questions on DU’s research budget

A local newspaper published a report recently on University of Dhaka’s (DU) Tk 869.56 crore budget for the current fiscal year, the largest ever, to support the work of the iconic institution...

June 12, 2020
June 12, 2020

‘I can’t breathe’: Curbing police brutality

The brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where a policeman placed a knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, has been viewed globally in horror as his life flowed out in...

June 2, 2020
June 2, 2020

The Covid-19 vaccine: panacea or enigma?

As the deadly Covid-19 virus continues to climb the grisly charts, an intense race is already on, globally, to discover the next vaccine, the next panacea.

February 18, 2020
February 18, 2020

Education and employability in the digital age

“Human resources—not capital, nor income, nor material resources—constitute the ultimate basis for wealth of nations.

February 14, 2020
February 14, 2020

Changing the shy world of adolescent girls

Back in 2017, we had an opportunity to build a small and experimental toilet in Jhalokati, with the simple intention of helping adolescent girls in a rural school who had no real toilet to avail.