DU-ICE, KOICA begins its journey to promote young entrepreneurs in Bangladesh


The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Creativity and Entrepreneurship Center (ICE) at Dhaka University have started their journey to promote young entrepreneurs in Bangladesh by implementing a project.

The project on “Capacity Building of Universities in Bangladesh to Promote Youth Entrepreneurship (PYE)” was launched today at Dhaka University Central Playground, the place where the university is celebrating its centenary.

Planning Minister MA Mannan was present as the main guest of the launch ceremony while South Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Jang-keun was the guest of honor with Vice Chancellor of UA Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman for Chair.

The overall objective of this ecosystem-based project (with USD 7.5 million from KOICA’s contribution) is to improve the environment for potential young entrepreneurs through capacity building of universities in Bangladesh in entrepreneurship education.

It will also work to develop the capacities of faculties, interdisciplinary students and professionals and to strengthen the network and relationships.
among the actors of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Bangladesh.

Md Rashedur Rahman, Founding Executive Director of the ICE Center and Associate Professor of the Organizational Strategy and Leadership Department of the DU, gave a presentation on the journey of the project.

The Minister of Planning, MA Mannan, thanked KOICA for its continued support for the various development projects of the country and hoped that the relationship would develop further in the future.

The project is one of the best examples of global partnership and therefore Dhaka University will provide all kinds of support to achieve all the goals of the project, VC said.

Lee Jang-keun said South Korea has been a crucial partner and friend of Bangladesh during the latter country’s successful economic development over the past decades. It is well known that Korean companies have played a key role in transforming Bangladesh’s RMG sector as it is today, the envoy added.

This is a landmark project for South Korea-Bangladesh relations and the new project will increase the collaboration between the two countries in a systematic and efficient manner.

KOICA Bangladesh Country Director Doh Young-Ah said the overall objective of the project is to improve the environment for potential young entrepreneurs through capacity building of universities in Bangladesh in vocational education. entrepreneurship.

The project will also support physical and virtual infrastructure for entrepreneurship training and develop a pilot entrepreneurial roadmap for universities in Bangladesh through research and advocacy, she added.

Mr Rashedur Rahman said: “We believe that our small collaborative initiative towards an entrepreneurial, innovation-driven Bangladesh will play a role.
important role in the development of the country. “

This bilateral initiative of the government of Bangladesh and South Korea will be implemented by the University Grant Commission (UGC) and the DU ICE Center with KOICA, he added.

Secretary of the Division of Secondary and Higher Education Md Mahbub Hossain, DU Pro-VC Dr ASM Maksud Kamal, BUET VC Dr Satya Prasad Majumder, member of the UGC Dr Md Abul Taher, Dean of the Faculty of Business DU Dr Muhammad Abdul Moyeen were also present as special guests for the occasion.



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