Orientation Programme for UK bound 2012 Scholars:
Chevening Society of Bangladesh (CSB) organised an orientation programme for the UK-bound scholars of 2012 jointly with the British Council, Dhaka. This is a programme that CSB has been organising every year since inception although there had been break for two years. It is a very popular and demand driven session. The scholars have appreciated the importance of such sessions and they have found it extremely useful.
The basic structure of this session is that CSB members meet the out going scholars in an informal session and members of British Council/High Commisison also attend the session. An introductory presentation is made about academic issues, boarding, food, shopping, holidays etc. and then specific questions of the scholars are also answered. From this type of orientation programme out-going scholars get a chance to hear first hand account of scholars who have been through a similar process and at times studied a similar subject or attended the same university. They can discuss a lot of trivial issues which are important for scholars going to UK for the first time as the sessions are kept very informal. This session also gives an opportunity to CSB to meet and interact with their newest members and the outgoing scholars also get a chance to meet the existing CSB members whom they can always mail or contact throughout the year during the residence in the UK. It creates a two way channel of the two way communication.
Pre-departure Reception by HE Mr. Robert Gibson Every year the British High Commission arranges a pre-departure reception for out-going chevening scholars and this reception is hosted by the British High Commissioner or Deputy High Commissioner. This year HE Mr. Robert W. Gibson hosted the event and HE exchanged views with 3 scholars and CSB members.
Regional UK Alumni Event, 2012, UAE
The British Council organised the International Leadership Breakthrough Programme in Dubai. The training programme was conducted by the Middle-Ground, UK for 3 days (3rd to 5th March, 2012) and the participating countries were India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Seven participants from Bangladesh were sponsored by the British Council among whom four were former Chevening Scholars. They are Barrister Imam Hossain (founding president of CSB), Golam Mortuza Mojumder, former President of CSB, Barrister Md. Abdul Halim (General Secretary of CSB) and Taslima Yasmin (Editor of CSB Journal).
Around 46 scholars from 4 countries attended the workshop comprising varied professions, diverse domains and wide demographics. This diversity contributed to multiplicity of views and the learning by sharing of experience. In spite of diversity, some common trends emerged across the group and these are: social inequality, economic instability, ineffective governance, injustice, corruption, illiteracy, lack of political will, lack of effective leaders etc. At the end of the 3 day sessions the team came out with a unanimous opinion that each of us should come up with some pragmatic idea that will bring about tangible benefits to the associated community.
One of the recent trends in communicating and networking among Chevening Scholars worldwide is face book group and other e-communication like Chevening Ning Networking site. We may try to use this as the main platform for communicating with and between Chevening Alumni. This negates the need to try and keep track of changing mobile numbers and email addresses which has already caused us losing contact with a large percentage of alumni.
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