The first convocation of Canadian University of Bangladesh (CUB) was held at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Tuesday.
President Md Abdul Hamid, chancellor of the University, joined the event as the chief guest while Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi was the convocation speaker, says a press release.
In his speech, the President said that this might be his last appearance at a Private University convocation. He urged everybody to spread the local brands and names globally and hold their products with pride.
The President also called upon all expatriate businessmen to invest in the country.
Convocation speaker Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi motivated the students and said, "You have to dream, discover yourself, implement any good initiative. Maybe one day a student of the Canadian University of Bangladesh will become a Nobel Laureate and I will surely come to participate in the celebration.”
In the speech of the special guest, Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury said, "Education rate in Bangladesh has increased appreciably. We now provide skilled manpower, who are now taking a place in the heart of the world by showing their efficiency."
Canadian University of Bangladesh Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr Chowdhury Nafeez Sarafat said, "Canadian University of Bangladesh has various departments suitable for modern times. There are scholarship opportunities to encourage students.
"This educational institution has direct affiliation with various business and research institutes including Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Apart from this, the university is associated with universities and institutions of various countries including Canada."
In the convocation, a total of 430 graduates from various departments of the university received degrees. Among them, four students: Samiah Binte Nayeem, Sumaiya Sultana, Farzana Bint Mohammad, and Md Shakhawat Hossain received gold medals from the president.
Prime Minister's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman attended the convocation as a guest of honour and Chancellor of Binary University of Malaysia Joseph Adaikalam, CEO of Aero Business and GE Gas Power Dipesh Nanda joined as special guests.