Speech of the Vice Chancellor


Professor Yusuf Mahbubul Islam, PhD
Vice Chancellor
Daffodil International University

In the name of the Almighty, the Most Merciful and Beneficent, I begin!

Dr. Dipu Moni, M.P, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Education, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Chairperson of the 8th Convocation Ceremony of DIU; Professor Abdul Mannan, Honorable Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC); Honorable Chairman, Board of Trustees, DIU, Mr Md. Sabur Khan; Honorable Convocation Speaker, Dr. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, Honorable President, SIAM University, Thailand; distinguished guests from Thailand and Taiwan; Honorable Members of Parliament; Honorable members of UGC; Heads and representatives of Diplomatic Missions; Emeritus Professor & immediate past Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr. M. Lutfar Rahman; Members of the Board of Trustees; Members of the Syndicate; Members of the Academic Council; Deans of the Faculties; Heads of the Departments; Directors; Faculty members; administrative members; members of the press; Alumni; Guardians of the graduates; organizers; volunteers; graduating students: Assalamualaikum, may the Almighty grant you all peace and blessings always!

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, management, teachers and students of Daffodil International University (DIU), I welcome you all to the 8th Convocation ceremony of DIU in our lush green and growing Permanent Campus. I would like to thank you for making the effort and taking the pains to grace the event to encourage the graduating students. I thank the Almighty for creating this opportunity for us to get together to honor them on this special occasion.

At the outset, I want to congratulate each of the 5626 students graduating in the 8th Convocation Ceremony of DIU. You are the stars today; we all are here to celebrate your academic achievements. I pray that the Almighty grants you courage, strength and wisdom to face the next challenging stages of your life. You will find many aspects of the real world that you are entering not only challenging but difficult and often disappointing phases. Remember that you haven’t made yourself, it is the Almighty who has created you. He has given you the potential to face the challenges and He is always with those who persevere and never lose hope. So trust your Maker and take on each challenge as it comes to fulfill your potential to be the best that He has made you.

Over the course of your study here at DIU, you have developed a variety of friendships. I would urge you to turn these friendships into lifelong networks and networking groups. If you support each other, it would help you face the unexpected and unseen challenges ahead. Today, you have also become a valued member of our vibrant DIU Alumni Association. I wish you every success and very much hope that you stay connected with DIU and your juniors who are still at the university in the years to come. While congratulating the graduating students, I would also like to congratulate the teachers and administration of DIU for supporting each graduate on the way to achieving their degree. Remember that as your teachers, we would always be available for any advice/support that you need – we will always remain your teachers.

Respected audience,
For our guests who have come to share the occasion I would like to give some background of the university. DIU started its academic offerings in March 2002. At present, the university conducts thirty seven academic programs under five faculties. Over 23,000 students are enrolled at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the university with over 750 full time teachers and about 650 administrative officials supporting the academic activities.

In line with Vision 2021 of Digital Bangladesh, a large part of the academic and administrative services of the University have been put online making the University one of the prominent ICT oriented universities of the country. The main objective of the university is to turn out technologically oriented graduates capable of pursuing meaningful careers and ultimately making a positive contribution to the development of the nation not only as job holders but as entrepreneurs.

To develop our international activities, we have collaborations with over two hundred renowned universities and institutes in fifty countries around the world. With them, we have regular student and teacher exchange programs, we conduct joint research programs leading to PhD degrees for our young faculty members, employees, and students with a number of foreign universities. We currently have over 500 international students from different countries of the world. As part of our efforts to develop the entrepreneurial mindset, we have recently launched the Global Entrepreneur Summer Camp in 2019, hosted last month jointly with Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM).

The Permanent Campus of the university established here in Ashulia would ultimately accommodate over twenty five thousand students as well as teachers, officials and supporting staff. We are working towards a state-of-the-art campus, with all the facilities that a modern university should have. Now the facilities at the permanent campus include IT equipped classrooms, 24/7 WiFi, academic buildings, male and female hostels, guest houses, cafeterias, playgrounds, a modern masjid among others. We now hold the prestigious QS University ranking for 2019. We want and need your collaboration to turn to utilize these facilities to turn the campus into a world class university.

Dear Graduates – a few concluding words for you:
You now have the skills of a graduate. Find problems that you would like to solve. Become a motivated problem solver. Use the subject skills you have as a resource. You also have an advantage that many previous generations of graduates did not have – you are socially networked. Make the best use of these networks to connect with similarly minded peers and help each other to succeed. Work together and, collectively, solve problems to help each other for the progress of Bangladesh and the world. Turn each problem into a research question and do not rest till it is solved.

On the path to success, you will face many setbacks. As you keep chasing your target, each setback will make you stronger and better at facing subsequent challenges. You are the citizens of a modern world. Become an entrepreneur and contribute to build a better Bangladesh. If you get a job, do so only temporarily to learn how to set up a business. Ultimately become a job giver rather than a job seeker. We are fortunate to have one of the best role models among us, as one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our country, our Founder and Chairman, BoT, Mr. Md. Sabur Khan. Read the books he has written, attend the programs where he gives guidelines to young entrepreneurs.

Keep in mind that you are the ambassadors of your Alma Mater – Daffodil International University (DIU). The world will recognize DIU through your achievements.

Finally, just as we trust a brand manufacturer, trust the Almighty who has created the human brand and has taken the trouble to create you individually – the best of creation, a unique human being. Be grateful to Him for giving you the opportunity to experience an intelligent life, derive satisfaction and make full use of the potential He has given you so generously. The more you use your potential, the more you will realize His Greatness in creating you.

At the end, again, I express our gratitude to Honorable Minister and Honorable Convocation Speaker. Thank you, Dr. Dipu Moni, MP, Honorable Minister and the Chairperson of Convocation Ceremony. Thank you, Honorable Convocation Speaker, Dr. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit for your time and encouraging words for the graduates. Thank you, Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, UGC. Thank you, distinguished guests from Thailand and Taiwan and other local and international guests. We will gratefully remember you and your presence in the Convocation on this green ground in the years to come. Finally, thank you, Honorable Founder and Chairman, BoT, DIU, Mr. Md. Sabur Khan for your vision and continuous efforts & guidance to make DIU a top class university.

Dear Graduates, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
May the Almighty bless you all with peace and happiness! May He bless DIU on its road to development. Thank you all.