Speech of the Chairman

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Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. In the name of Almighty Allah- The most Benevolent and Merciful. Aas-Salamu-Alaiqum and a very Good morning to everyone present here.

প্রথমেই বিনম্র শ্রদ্ধায় ̄স্মরণ করছি জাতির জনক বঙ্গবন্ধু শেখ মুজিবুর রহমান ও মহান ভাষা আন্দোলন এবং মুক্তিযুদ্ধে শহীদদের প্রতি যাদের আত্মত্যাগের বিনিময়ে আজ আমরা অর্জন করেছি বাংলায় কথা বলার  স্বাধীনতা, পেয়েছি সার্বভৌমত্ব ও স্বাধীন বাংলাদেশ।

Dear Guests,
Today we all are here in a very special moment of celebration, glory and satisfaction. At the outset of this solemn occasion of the 9th Convocation of Daffodil International University, I congratulate the graduates for their hard work, respected parents for their sacrifices and support, faculty members for guiding them in all the way to complete their study timely and management staff for their excellent support and cooperation which truly made DIU a Center of Excellence! So, it is my honor to get the opportunity to thank you all for your tremendous effort you made to make it happen.


Undoubtedly, graduating is a big achievement in life, specially, under this present circumstances. We understand some of you had to face the challenges of the pandemic. And today you are about to celebrate having made it through. Despite the turbulence of the pandemic, you adapted and showed an exceptional capacity for resilience. At this point, I admire all of you, students, faculty, and staff alike, that we could get through these very tough days together.

It’s a great feeling to celebrate your success physically and in person! Because, we have triumphed over a historic challenge.

Respected Audience,
The world has just witnessed the COVID Crisis which has caused unprecedented disruption and fundamental changes in the education systems. In this most disruptive situation, Daffodil International University has catalyzed innovation in education systems and ensured total digital transformation of its academic systems. During the pandemic, Daffodil International University kept the activities uninterrupted by adopting technology and using online mechanisms. From day one, the students attended online classes. DIU teachers, students, and management adapted the Smart Edu Systems and Blended Learning Center (BLC) so that students can learn in their preferred mode. We introduced Teaching Apprentice Fellowship Program (TAF), added 50 new modules in Smart Edu to ensure complete systematic operation, incorporated Mentoring Monitoring Systems and Virtual Internship so that students get proper guidance to prepare
themselves until they enter the job market; added AI based Drop Out Modules so that each student's performance and the reasons for the absenteeism from the class can be tracked to bring out the best opportunities.

Accordingly, our graduates developed different innovative solutions which are in demand in this time. We are giving the highest importance to developing leadership qualities among students and the team of the entire Daffodil Family. Today at this happy moment, I greatly admire all the heroes who contributed from the backstage and made it possible. Today, we feel proud to pay tribute to the outcome of your work and commitment.

Dear Graduates,
As I have already mentioned, the pandemic situation has hugely shaken the human history. From daily lifestyle to receiving education- all these components were affected. But the pandemic has taught us that investments inresearch, scientific, technological and productive capacities are necessary to develop resilience during emergencies. We have also learned from history that collaboration, cooperation, and the organization of strong technological progress combined with skilled human resources are critical for addressing complex challenges. My proud point is that Daffodil International University has taken initiative considering these change factors.

You all know how we have transformed the Red Brick Field to the Green Campus during the past 11 years. I believe you all would take it as an example of transformation. We brought changes in the learning environment and made the entire campus area into a learning zone, redesigned the classroom cultures. We made effort to shift the traditional role of educational providers to an ‘entrepreneurial’ university model for the enhancement of knowledge. We encouraged all the students, teachers, and staff to get involved in the
research work focusing on industry demand so that we can utilize those research data and findings in the development effort. The decision has been taken to ensure active contribution to the national economy.

Firstly, DIU gave the highest effort to develop a teaching methodology to ensure that learning takes place effectively. Secondly, we took the initiative to transform from teaching university to a research university. In the third phase. DIU transformed its identity from a Research University to an entrepreneurial university. Phase by phase we upgraded the focus of the University so that we can make meaningful contributions to the society and community. We also developed support units which can help you to explore your ideas.
Our special units are working to develop strong linkages with the industries so that we can help industries to become more productive and bring innovation to develop the national economy. All these efforts have been made considering the demand of the time and unseen competitive future.

We understood the role of the university is to help create more industries. In the developed world, universities are taking the lead. Industries and Academia (I-A) started to work in a more collaborative way. They are concentrating more on social issues, addressing the problems, and trying to bring solutions based on the findings. Therefore, we have started to work on more meaningful ways to set a sustainable solution for the future world. So, at DIU we gave the highest importance to the I-A relationship too. We are focusing on developing collaboration beyond the border. We have not only made close collaborations with Industries, but also invited leaders from different sectors to visit us. We did it so that you can learn from them, develop your network, and find your space in the Corporate sectors.

The result of our effort is already evident to you. Let me take the opportunity to share some of our success stories. When I travel around the world, I find our students are doing well in leading positions of many Global Companies. The news of some of their innovations and creations make me feel proud. From the east to the west, north to the south, their presence at the different corners of the world gives me the feeling of our Global Presence. Most importantly, their art of living and art of giving back to society makes me emotional. May be this is the exact happiness of our effort.

Dear Achievers,
Therefore, my other proud point is our DIU Alumni. Today, with this Graduation Ceremony, we will be tied up with a lifelong bonding between us. You will become the Alumni Members of the DIU family. You have already seen how strong a network we have nationally and globally. Our Non-Resident Daffodil Alumni UK, Canada, USA, Australia, and Finland already had official gathering during the past years. Due to the COVID issues we couldn't meet physically since 2019. But we believe we will meet again, and you will connect through the special platform “Somporko” to keep our bonding as strong as we had during your campus life. We wish that following your fellow members' proud representation in different organizations nationally and internationally, you would also have the same leadership as you are entering into a new professional life and make us proud too. At the same time, you would contribute to the society, community and to the nation. Because Allah has given you the potential and purpose for our life.

Dear Precious Graduates,
We all are unique by nature and different from each other. We have different DNA, face, fingerprints. We are blessed that the Almighty has given us the ability to think, do and contribute. We get one life to achieve the purpose. So today after this Graduation Ceremony we believe you would utilize your potential and set the actual purpose of your life.

To help you reach your destination your respected mentors will guide you all the way. We believe through the Employability 360 program you have already got the solid foundation of professional skills and knowledge on industries. We brought lots of International Programs, Webinars, Scholarship Opportunities, and some of you already have explored the scopes too. We are connected with a lot of International Universities, Associations and Professional Networks. Our International Office is working day and night to help you
to boost your career dream internationally and helping you to get a cross cultural experience too. This is also another proud point that our International Network is another vibrant focal point to help you to reach your destination. We are already attached to leading brands and organizations and we did it so that you can collaborate with the global community and explore the opportunities. You can take the challenge and you can avail the same benefits which the students from the rest of the world are getting.

Presently we are nurturing the Z Generation and in the coming days Alpha Generation will join us to explore the opportunity. We are developing our university focusing on the Alpha Generation, keeping focus on the demand of the time. We understand there will be a huge change in their expectations, the way they learn, and do work. There will be a big shift in the job market too. We are developing our services and learning environment focusing on that. You have already seen the Innovation Lab, Venture Capital Ltd, Daffodil
Business Incubators, Knowledgevale, Coworking Space, Marketing Lab, 4IR Lab, lab-based teaching and learning methods so that we can develop your talents and ensure your competencies. We believe it may help you to explore your ideas and achieve your dream. We understand everyone may not like to do the job. Some of you may like to become an entrepreneur and create opportunities for others. Therefore, we tried to create the environment and developed facilities accordingly.

Dear Parents,
We believe in ourselves. You would be happy to know that our students get priority in serving our organizations and therefore 85% of our Alumni are placed in different leading positions at Daffodil Family. It is not because they are our Alumni but they achieved those positions by their quality and skills and competencies. They are frontiers and leaders leading the organizations in this technology driven arena and it was possible because we created the Tech Savvy leaders ensuring education 4.0. The opportunities will remain
the same in the days ahead. We also brought two dynamic platforms for the Alumnis so that you can share your knowledge, skills, and experiences through GoEdu and IOU.

Respected Parents!
Today is a glorious day for you as your children are finally getting the certificates as a token of achievement of their most arduous educational endeavor. In this long journey, you have always been with us by encouraging your children, which motivated us more to give our maximum effort to them. During the most challenging time, you supported our activities empathetically. Without your support and encouragement, it would not have been possible for us to complete this journey and bring out that wonderful smile on your face
today. We are grateful to you for keeping trust in us and finally giving us such a thousand successful bright faces, which will be a great asset for all of us.

Respected Audience!
We are now preparing for the future. Getting ready for the transformational change. We have already reached a time when we are debating on the topic, Man vs Robot! On the other hand, it is true that the pandemic situation has given us another scope to think and write a new chapter for higher education. To secure a sustainable position, Daffodil International University is now completely focusing on Outcome Based Education (OBE) to develop ‘Doers and leaders’ who will lead the innovation and bring solutions to the society.