President Iajuddin Ahmed said the greatest challenge to the educational institutions in the 21st century is to be able to develop so that they can meet the needs of the changing world order, directly influencing our national situation.
The top priority for the universities must be creating values, generating research through creative talents, spearheading innovations, cultivating intellectual freedom and contributing to the field of knowledge, he said at the first Convocation of the BRAC University at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city.
President Iajuddin, also the chancellor of the university, said access of the private universities to education and knowledge will be broadened at a financially viable cost and with the enduring commitment to pioneering excellence.
At the convocation, the president conferred degrees on 115 graduates and gave away Gold medals to two students for their outstanding performance.
Education Minister Osman Farruk, vice-chancellor of the university Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury, President of the Governing Board of the university Fazle Hasan Abed also spoke at the function.
He also said to the teachers and guardians that they should always have the right moral principles and the right drives and initiatives to steer clear of all odds and to offer the best leadership and best possible education to students at all time.
Education Minister said quality education is the prime need of the country and there must not be any compromise on it.
The students who won the Gold medals are Nahleen Zahra of Economics Department and Victoria Nankabirwa of Public Health Department.