Friday, 15 October 2010

Khulna University

Today is a non-travel easy day ~ or so it starts out ~ a visit is planned with the economics and sociology departments @ Khulna University. The idea behind the visit is that my host is keen to involve the local university in his NGO's regional development work. To date there has been little interaction and my visit is a good opportunity to create new linkages and look at possible opportunities for collaboration.

The visit is a 'getting acquainted' visit and lasts about one hour. The Dean of Economics, Regional Studies and Sociology are present. As is the custom in Bangladesh we are served tea and refreshments. We chat about who does what are present and I make a small powerpoint presentation. A new regional development program has just been set up and may provide the perfect interface for interaction between Khulna University staff/students and the wider region. At the end of the meeting it is decided that another meeting will be useful with wider faculty attendance.

a bit of campus
The rest of the day is spent trying to get a short video made for my presentation to the Global Forum in Washington DC - the equipment, technology and exterior sound hurdles are simply insurmountable and I end up going home without a product but just in time before a massive rainstorm hits the town.

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