Reflections on a Workshop on the Future of Higher Education for Knowledge Economy in Bangladesh

by Umar Sheraz and  Hanifa Beg


COMSTECH Center for STI Policy Research and Training in collaboration with Institute
of Educational Development, BRAC University, Bangladesh and Islamic Development
Bank, Saudi Arabia offered a training course on “The Role of Higher Education in the
Knowledge Economy” at BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, from September 21-25,
2014. The course was jointly sponsored by COMSTECH, Islamic Development Bank, Saudi
Arabia and IED, BRAC University, Bangladesh. BRAC University offered local hospitality
to all foreign resource persons and participants in BRAC inn. The training course was aimed
to improve the capacity of policy planners, policy researchers, science and technology
managers, entrepreneurs, foresight practitioners and all those professionals whose job is
likely to affect the future of their universities, institutions or R&D organizations.
The course was mainly delivered by Dr. Sohail Inayatullah, Professor in Graduate
Institute of Future Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan and Dr. Jose Maria Ramos, Senior
Consulting Editor of Journal of Future Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan; and was
complemented by lectures from Dr. STK Naim, Consultant, COMSTECH on Knowledge
Economy and Sue Corbett, Executive Director, International Network for the Availability of
Scientific Publications (INASP) with her lecture on digital libraries.

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