UGC Chairman wants Training Institute for university teachers
Quality teachers in tertiary education can play a crucial role to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the country, said University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan.
'There are separate training institutions for primary and secondary level teachers. But there is no training institution or facilities for the teachers of tertiary level. It is ironical,' he said adding "we need to set up a training institution for the university teachers.'
The UGC Chairman was addressing a view ex-change meeting on the proposed 'Higher Education Acceleration and Transformation (HEAT) project at UGC on 06 February 2019. The five year-long project is expected to start this year. The project when finalized will be jointly financed by the government of Bangladesh, some participating countries of the region and the World Bank.
At the meeting, World Bank representatives said it will focus on strengthening higher education governance in areas of teacher management policies. UGC needs to be upgrade as Higher Education Commission for ensuring quality education in the country, said World Bank. Under this project, it will help to digitize UGC’s operation and university administration system.
About Bangladesh Accreditation Council (BAC), WB said it will extend technical assistance to BAC as well as its operation. It will also help BAC to get membership of international QA agencies and set up IQAC to all universities. In higher education financing, World Bank suggested performance based funding of public universities. It said initially 10 percent of university allocation may be performance based.
Under HEAT project, a universal certificate repository for the authentication of degrees and certificates of Bangladesh's tertiary education would be established. About university admission system, World Bank and other participants said the university admission and examination system need to be digitalized for the welfare of the students. It also suggested teacher management guideline and national policy guideline for internship.
Professor Dr. Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah, Professor Dr. Md. Akhtar Hossain, Members, UGC; Professor Dr. Atique Islam, Vice Chancellor of NSU, Abdullah Al Hasan Chowdhury, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr. Md. Mahmud-Ul-Hoque, Additional Secretary, MoE, Dr. Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank, noted educationists, high officials from UGC, WB, were present.
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