The completion ceremony of the 9th Bangladesh – Japan ICT Engineers’ Training Program (B-JET) in collaboration with North South University (NSU) was held recently. The program took place online via Zoom platform.
Prof. Dr. M. Ismail Hossain, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, NSU attended the program and delivered the opening remarks. Dr. Md. Abdul Mannan, PAA, Executive Director (Additional Secretary), Bangladesh Computer Council and Mr. Hiroki WATANABE Representative (Governance, Public Administration), Japan International Cooperation Agency, graced the event as Special Guests.
Prof. Dr. Keisuke Murakami, Vice President of the University of Miyazaki (UoM) also attended the program and delivered the closing remarks. The B-JET training program was first initiated through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed among Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), North South University (NSU), and The University of Miyazaki (UoM) on 24th February 2021.
The aim of this program is to support the capacity development of Bangladeshi ICT engineers and future ICT engineers who have the potential to create business networks between Japan and Bangladesh. 50% of trainees from the 9th batch have secured job opportunities in Japan through this training program.
Prof. Dr. M. Ismail Hossain inaugurated the ceremony by delivering the inauguration speech. In his speech, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of NSU congratulated all the students on completing their training program and stated that “It is a matter of great honor for everyone at NSU to be able to participate in such a collaboration that will open enormous job opportunities for the Bangladeshi youth in Japanese IT sector”. His speech was followed by Dr. Md. Abdul Mannan, who also appreciated this initiative to support the young graduates from ICT sector.
Mr. Hiroki WATANABE expressed his great wishes to the student who are going to Japan very soon. Following his speech, the certificate distribution ceremony took place. Students received their certificates from Prof. Dr. Mohammad Khasro Miah, Director, Career & Placement Center (CPC) of NSU and Prof. Dr. Keisuke Murakami from University of Miyazaki. The professors exchanged regards with the students as they took pictures with the them while handing out the certificates of completion. Mr. Mehedi Masud, Ph.D., COO & Director, BJIT Ltd., BJIT Group, Mr. Yasuhiro Akashi, Representative Director, CEO, Globalgeeks Inc., BJIT Group, and Ms. Sayuri Ogino Representative Director, B&M Inc. delivered their speeches as Official Partners soon after the certificate distribution ceremony.
In his congratulatory speech, the donor of this training program, Ms. Kayoko Kitagawa, Representative Executive Director, SHINKOSHUPPANSHA KEIRINKAN CO., LTD. mentioned that she is delighted to welcome Bangladeshi students in Japan who have the potential to contribute to the Japanese IT sector. Following her speech, Prof. Dr. Keisuke Murakami delivered his closing remarks. The program was concluded after a short photo session of the participants and guests.
The Career and Placement Center (CPC) of NSU has been leading the project on behalf of NSU from the beginning under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Mohammad Khasro Miah, Director of CPC. Being the department in charge of career, internship, and job placements, CPC of NSU is always working on creating a bridge between the students and the corporate world. The MoU signed among BCC, NSU and the University of Miyazaki has added another feather on their crown of success.
Every year at least 80 students will get a chance to enroll in this program. The first five months of the training module will be held at NSU and the second three months of advance training will be held in Japan. It is estimated that by 2030, Japan will witness a shortage of 5,90,000 employees in the Japanese IT sector whereas Bangladesh has resourceful ICT engineers but fewer job opportunities. Completing this training program will open up enormous job opportunities for our engineering students that will benefit the employment sector of Japan and Bangladesh.