Students of MAGD Visited Vietnam and Malaysia
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As part of the degree ‘Masters in Governance and Development (MAGD)’ 17 students along with a faculty member visited Vietnam and Malaysia from 26th November to 8th December.  The participants comprise of civil servants from different ministers and agencies of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal who are pursuing the residential Master Degree Course under BIGD. The program in Vietnam was facilitated by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), Vietnam and in Malaysia by the Institute of Professional Development (IPD) of Open University of Malaysia (OUM).

In the first part of the program from 26th November to 2nd December 2017, the team visited different Ministers and Agencies of the Government of Vietnam and also had number of class room sessions regarding development policies and strategies of Vietnam from distinguished speakers and policy makers. The week long program include sessions on administrative structure and public administration reform, the role of Vietnamese Government in economic development in the context of regional and international integration, anti corruption, local governance and promoting tourism and attracting foreign direct investment. Participants also visited Ministry of Home Affairs and Government Inspectorate of Vietnam in Hanoi, National Park in Hai Phong Province and a daylong river cruise in Ha Long Bay. In the closing ceremony NAPA President Dr. Dang Xhuan Hoan handed over certificates among participants. Congratulating participants for successful completion of the course he hoped that learning’s from the training will be helpful for participants to contribute to their personal, national and regional development. Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Faculty and Research Fellow of BIGD thanked the NAPA officials and expressed that it will strengthen cooperative relationship between the two institutes. Among other  Ms Pham Hoa, General Director of NAPA,  Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Hong Hai, Head of Faculty of Organization and Personnel Management of NAPA, Ms. Le Thi Tuyet Head of the Planning and General Affairs Division Dr. Le Dong Doanh, Senior Advisor of Economic Development for the Vietnamese Government addressed in different sessions.

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Later from 3rd -8th December the team moved to Malaysia and participated in a training program titled, ‘Sustainable Policy Planning and Governance’ organized by the IPD, Open University Malaysia (OUM). Participants visited and participated in number of lectures organized by different Ministries and Agencies of the Government of Malaysia. Addressing in the closing ceremony, Professor Dr. Ahmed Bin Hasem, Vice President of Business Development and Technology, OUM emphasized on the importance sharing knowledge and experiences to promote sustainable economic growth and development in the Asia- Pacific region. Professor Dr. Richard Ng, Director of the Institute of Professional Development also highlighted the importance of sharing innovative technological knowledge for sustainable urban development in particular. BIGD Faculty Dr. Hossain thanked the OUM for hosting the visit and hoped to have more collaboration between BIGD and OUM in future.