The first episode of the show took place on May 18, 2021, featuring panellists from Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB).
The online programme was hosted by Shuvashish Roy, Head of Business, The Daily Star. Dr Zakir Hossain Raju, Professor and Head of Department of Media and Communication, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, IUB, and Lima Choudhury, Deputy Director and Head of Admissions and Financial Aid Office, IUB, were in attendance.
IUB alumnus Fardeen Ameen, Product Marketing Lead, Grameenphone Ltd and Director of Bangladesh Debating Council, alongside Nazia Nusrat, a student of BBA in Human Resource Management (HRM), School of Business and Entrepreneurship, IUB, were also present.
"Learning techniques have changed drastically as now, we propose interactive learning over instructed classroom lectures," said Shuvashish Roy.
The speakers noted that to grow into campus stars, young graduates today have to be aware of practical life skills and global politics. They also have to be willing to take on technology as a friend rather than a fear.
"From when I started university to where I am now is a hundred- and eighty degree alteration and it all happened because of the mentorship and opportunities I received as a student at IUB," shared Fardeen Amreen. "I always link my success to my time in debating at the university. I am a shy person, but being in that stimulating environment really inspired me to come out of my shell. This process was aided by two of my professors, my English lecturer Tauheed Bin Muzzafar and my environmental professor Tanveer Ahmed Harun. I graduated as an empathetic, confident, and curious person who loves to explore new opportunities."
"After finishing school, I worked as a teacher. Being a student at IUB while working gave me confidence. It also enhanced my networking and communication skills," added Nazia Nusrat.
Nusrat, who comes from a science background, further shared that facilities like the library and support from IUB teachers made the learning experience more about exploration rather than just securing grades, for her. "The free counselling services always helped me to keep up my mental calmness," she added.
Lima Choudhury mentioned that creativity, ability to think out of the box, and willingness to work in a team are skills IUB looks for in candidates. The university's 42 co-curricular clubs, ranging from sports to culture, helps to enhance these important attributes while grooming students. "The pandemic has given way to various financial constraints. We have formed a fund for the financial needs of students, which keeps them away from having to worry about their tuition fees, so that they can fully focus on their studies," said Lima Choudhury.
"Envisioned by leading educationalists like A Majeed Khan and Sahabuddin Ahmed, among many others, IUB aims to create global citizens," said Dr Zakir Hossain Raju. He also asserted that the institution is a non-profit venture that solely focuses on improving the quality of education and facilities for students. "Our courses allow interdisciplinary studies to broaden students' knowledge, while making them adaptable in acquiring mandatory soft skills for their professional lives," he concluded.