22 Sep 2023, 20:52
Update : 22 Sep 2023, 22:11

ADB approves $100m for improving programs in 3 universities in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Sept 22, 2023 (BSS) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a

$100 million loan to improve computer science, software engineering and
information technology (IT) programs in three universities in Bangladesh.
"Uplifting software engineering program in higher education is the needs of
time to accelerate fourth industrial revolution technology adoption and
realize the vision of Digital Bangladesh," said ADB Social Sector Economist
Ryotaro Hayashi.

"This project will help develop more competent and technology-savvy graduates
and entrepreneurs who can help propel the country's IT industry." added

The project will upgrade the computer science and engineering, software
engineering, and information technology degree programs of the leading public
universities in Bangladesh which are Bangladesh University of Engineering and
Technology, and the University of Dhaka, as well as Jashore University of
Science and Technology, said a press release.

These programs will adopt blended learning techniques and integrate the
latest technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and internet
of things.

These programs will seek international accreditation to ensure that students
get updated curricula that adhere to international standards.

ADB will support the establishment of modern classrooms and laboratories,
collaboration and start-up spaces, and auxiliary facilities in the three

These facilities will incorporate climate- and disaster-resilient designs,
energy- and water-saving features, and will include women-friendly amenities
and services. The universities will develop capacities of teachers to be
proficient in new instructional approaches and emerging digital technologies.

The students and teachers from the three and other universities will also
work with industry partners to come up with innovative solutions through
joint research and development.

Mandatory internship opportunities, career counseling, and industry placement
will be provided to undergraduate students, particularly for women.

The ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and
sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate
extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members-49 from the

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