The 109th Academic Council Meeting of the American International University – Bangladesh (AIUB) was held on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 11 AM through the online platform of Microsoft Teams.
With the situation still instilled with uncertainty and instability across borders due to COVID 19 virus, AIUB has shifted all its academic operations online since 20 March 2020. The classes of all 4 Faculties of the institution has been shifted online, enabling students and teachers to conduct and undertake their classes within the safety of their homes through the Microsoft Teams Application. Since 2008, AIUB has been affiliated with Microsoft live.edu, currently known as Microsoft 365, making it one of most long-standing and strong collaborations, with the technology giant, in the country till date. Being one of the first private universities in Bangladesh to make the move within days of the initial outbreak in the country, AIUB is now gone fully virtual with its classes with the licensed MS Teams App that students and faculty members can access using their own university email IDs. In its ongoing Spring 2019-20 semester, approximately 10000 active student users along with around 650 faculty members and officials of AIUB are accessing this online platform, utilizing it to its full capacity for online class lectures and team-based work projects.
Along with Dr. Carmen Z Lamagna, Vice Chancellor, AIUB, other members of the Academic Council, Prof. Dr. Charles C. Villanueva, Vice President, Academics; Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, Prof. Dr. Tazul Islam, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. A B M Siddique Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Mr. Pius Costa, Registrar, Prof. Dr. Md. Abdur Rahman, Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Mr. Mashiour Rahman, Associate Dean, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Science and Technology, Prof. Dr. Nisar Ahmed, Director, MBA Program, Faculty of Business Administration, Ms. Farheen Hassan, Director, BBA Program, Faculty of Business Administration, Prof. Dr. A. N. Neaz Ahmed, Advisor, MPH Program, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof. Neaz Ahmad, Faculty of Business Administration, Prof. M. A. Quaiyum, Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Dr. Md. Jashim Uddin, Head, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Prof. Dr. Taslima Monsoor, Advisor, Department of Law, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Mr. M Hamidul Haque, Head, Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Dip Nandi, Director, Faculty of Science and Technology, Mr. Manzur H. Khan, Head of Department, Faculty of Business Administration, Prof. Dr. M. A. Mannan, Director, EEE & IPE Programs, Faculty of Engineering, Mr. Ziarat H. Khan, Deputy Director, Student Service and Welfare also joined the meeting virtually.
In the meeting, discussions were held regarding the final assessment methodologies and successful completion of the on-going Spring semester 2019-20. After 1.5 hour long discussion, the council came to a common understanding and finalized their recommendations. The members of council appreciated the pioneering movement of AIUB in such crisis moment, which is exemplary for others. Finally, the meeting concluded on high notes of hope and wishes for quick recovery of everyone from current predicament condition.