Three universi ties in Bangladesh now have better computer science, software engineering, and information technology (IT) programs thanks to a $100 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
“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 Hayashi.
According to a press release, the project will modernize the degree programs in computer science and engineering, software engineering, and information technology at the top public universities in Bangladesh, including Jashore University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and the University of Dhaka.
These courses will use blended learning strategies and incorporate cutting-edge innovations like robotics, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things.
To guarantee that students receive up-to-date curricula that comply to international standards, these programs will apply for international accreditation.
In the three universities, ADB will provide funding to build cutting-edge classrooms, laboratories, collaboration areas, and support facilities.
These buildings will contain energy- and water-saving features, designs that are adaptable to climate change, and amenities that cater to women. The colleges will train instructors to be experts in cutting-edge digital technologies and new instructional strategies.
In addition, faculty and students from the three universities and other institutions will collaborate with business partners to conduct joint research and development in order to develop novel solutions.
Undergraduate students will be given access to mandatory internship opportunities, career counseling, and industry placement, especially for female students.
While continuing its efforts to end extreme poverty, the ADB is dedicated to establishing a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific. It was founded in 1966 and is owned by 68 members, 49 of them are locals.