Academicians and educationists from different countries in Asia on Saturday said that university graduates should learn entrepreneurship and prepare themselves as job-makers not job-seekers.
Speaking at the 18th Asian University Presidents Forum 2019 at a city hotel in Dhaka, they also emphasised on practical and technical education for the tertiary-level students to lead Asia in future.
Daffodil International University in collaboration with the Association of Private Universities of Bangladesh organised the three-day-long annual conference of Asian University Presidents Forum for the first time in Bangladesh.
Addressing the inaugural session as the chief guest, education minister Dipu Moni said that the government aimed to foster entrepreneurship in university graduates to prepare them as job-creators not job-seekers to utilise the country’s demographic dividend.
‘We must build our young generation as entrepreneurs to utilise the demographic dividend.’
‘The government prioritises the technical education without neglecting the humanities and liberal arts,’ she said.
Dipu Moni said that there should be collaboration between universities and industries to develop skilled graduates for the industries which was undergoing a shortage of skilled workers.
‘We must build our universities as per demand of the industries,’ she said.
A total of 150 presidents, rectors and vice-chancellors from 40 universities of 15 Asian countries are participating in the event on the theme of future of entrepreneurship education and experiential learning.
Turkey’s World Business Angles Investment Forum chairman Baybars Altuntas, while presenting the keynote paper, instructed the young graduates to be innovative to avail themselves of funding for their start-ups.
The host university’s founder and its trustee board chairmen Sabur Khan said that more than hundred private universities were operating in Bangladesh.
‘Now we must ensure quality education,’ he said.
Sabur also said that his university had established a department of innovation & entrepreneurship for first time in Bangladesh to create new young entrepreneurs.
He said that the forum – established in 1999 – promoted mutual knowledge sharing and cooperation among the Asian countries.
South Korea’s Dongseo University president Jekuk Chang and the host university pro-vice chancellor S M Mahbub-ul-Haque Majumder among others spoke at the event.
A number of papers would be presented, and panel discussions, memorandum signing and standing committee meetings would be held during the conference.
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