Diversity is the essence of humanity, bringing together people from across cultures, ethnicities, and borders. We may have various ideas, skills, and resources that can drive us towards sustainable growth in socio-economic development when combined in efforts. The differences are not what sets us apart but rather unites us as one inclusive global community. International cooperation is key towards working on building a better future for our younger generations and the American International University – Bangladesh (AIUB) has always prioritized expanding and strengthening its collaborative initiatives. On that notion, AIUB invited delegates of the Association of the Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) to visit the campus on the 16th of November 2022 and engage in a discussion on furthering the progress of higher education around the world.
The delegation consisted of Dr. Peter P. Laurel, the President of Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU, Philippines), Dr. Fernando León García, the President of the Center for Technical and Higher Education (CETYS University, Mexico), Prof. Dr. Scott Venezia, the Chief International Officer at CETYS University, Dr. Genevieve Ledesma-Laurel, the Chief Executive Mentor of the Southville International School & Colleges (SISC, Philippines), Dr. Angeline Mae P. Juan, the Vice President for Finance of the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF, Philippines), Dr. Dulce Marie B. Solis, the Dean for the College of Education at VMUF, Dr. Rodehlia M. Legasto-Macaspac, the Assistant Dean for the Graduate School of Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU, Philippines), Engr. Irene P. Jamora, the Director for the ICT Center of San Pedro College (SPC, Philippines), Mr. John Paul C. Silva, the Information System Analyst of SPC, Prof. Dr. Ricardo P. Pama, the Secretary General of AUAP, Ms. Supaporn Chuangchid, the Executive Secretary of AUAP, and Mr. Krittiphattharaphong Punsuchart, the Administrative Officer of AUAP.
The delegation was welcomed onto the campus with the screening of a brief documentary and virtual tour of AIUB, followed by a signing ceremony for a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with new affiliations that were forged during the visit. The guests then toured around the premises, including an exquisite art exhibition arranged by the AIUB Arts Club (AAC), an impromptu musical performance by the AIUB Performing Arts Club (APAC), the library in the iconic dome-shaped administrative building, the data center that is at the heart of the university’s academic and non-academic processes, and a one-of-a-kind ride on a fully operational solar car developed by the students as a part of their thesis project. Afterwards, representatives of the member institutes networked and explored opportunities for executing upcoming programs that could be undertaken as a part of the constructive partnerships between the institutions and AIUB with Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Hasanul A. Hasan, the Founder Member of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Ishtiaque Abedin, the Founder Member & Chairman of the Board of Trustees, along with several other academic and administrative officials of AIUB. Exchanging best practices, challenges, and experiences, AIUB believes, that together, such proactive collaborations will pave the path forward to enhance and enrich higher education in Bangladesh and beyond.