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Ensuring quality higher education

Most countries with a vision for the future have recognised that education in general and quality higher education in particular are the keys to overall growth
Ensuring quality higher education

It goes without saying that higher education is evidently a critical element of development which a country like Bangladesh must build if it is to make progress in the contemporary world that feeds on knowledge and breeds on competition.  The only way a Bangladesh, regarded as a Least Developed Country (LDC), can narrow its income gap with developed world economies is by using knowledge earned by graduates from the universities. Mechanisms for assuring the best possible quality must be put in place in the various institutions to enable them take a critical self analysis of their programmes and institutional capacity.

  Quality higher education prepares people for the knowledge-based economy and also provides a stimulus for creativity and innovation. Universities need to ensure international standards of quality and education that is professionally and socially relevant to 21st-century realities. The seats of higher learning must prepare graduates to live and work in a globalised world with equal advantage. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, higher education had witnessed a long period of stagnation. Naturally the neglect has resulted in a gross decline–especially regarding quality of teaching and research activities– in the quality of higher education and unfortunately this decline became evident at a time when higher education was experiencing escalating enrolments, declining resources, academic brain-drain, etc.  

  The standard of the faculty and their devotion to teaching has come under scrutiny. Also many students not prepared for tertiary education are getting admitted to the universities. The high pass rates at HSC and SSC exams do not necessarily mean that the standards have improved correspondingly. It is true that universities are, and should be, autonomous but that does not mean they should be allowed to do whatever they want. Autonomous institutions are also governed by rules. Along with teaching, universities are also tasked with producing quality research work that can be used for the betterment of society. Universities should not be allowed to escape this duty and action should be initiated against those who are not complying with the relevant rules.

  Most countries with a vision for the future have recognised that education in general and quality higher education in particular are the keys to overall growth. They are devoting a large share of the national income and encouraging the private sector to improve the academic institutions. If Bangladesh does not follow suit it will continue to lag behind in the global economy.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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