Daffodil International University has hosted a virtual discussion on the "Role of Academia making Student life-Ready" in collaboration with World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) & Association of the Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP).
The e-talk show was held on September 22 and was simultaneously live from the university's Facebook page and Campus TV.
The discussion was participated virtually by: Professor Alberto Zucconi, chairman of the Board, World Academy of Art and Science; Dr Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, president, SIAM University, Thailand; Dr Andy Pusca, rector, Danubius University of Galati, Romania; M Chandrasekaran, senior project manager, Social Science Research, The Mother's Service Society, India; and Dr Md Sabur Khan, founder and chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University.
Dr Md Sabur Khan said that one of the core responsibilities of educational institutions is to prepare students for the future.
"Due to technological changes the ways people interact, socialise, and work are shifting rapidly. The current coronavirus crisis brings extensive change to our life and job. It makes us believe that we should rethink the role of academia in the face of new normal. Besides making the students tech-ready and job- ready, educational institutions must put effort to make students life-ready," he said.
He also stressed that educational institutions must create a culture that ensures their students are healthy and safe (both physically and emotionally), engaged, supported, and challenged so that they can develop essential life skills to cope up with unforeseen situations and changes.
Mentioning that the university is an open space where students can discover and develop their skills and the teachers help them in this work, Professor Alberto Zucconi said that the job of the university is to prepare the students for the future life.
It is very important that the main responsibility of the university is to see if the students are able to make their life by developing their skills, he also said.
Dr Pornchai Mongkhonvanit said that world of the 21st century has completely changed.
"We need to prepare students to adapt to this changing world. The role of the university is not only to teach books, but also to impart knowledge that is useful in real life."
Mentioning the experience of his organisation, Dr Andy Pusca said, "We've been teaching through online at our institution for about ten years. So in this pandemic situation our students did not face any problem to take online class."
"This is how we prepare our students for the future. We think it is the job of the university to prepare students for the future," he added.