Ahasan, Dhaka, 4 July 2018
The University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh On behalf of the Ministry of Education (MoE), is currently implementing the Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN) under the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) with assistance of the World Bank. It Connects all universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, healthcare and agricultural institutions across the country and to support geographically dispersed academics, scientists and researchers with reliable access to high-end computing, simulation tools and datasets. BdREN will eventually be operated by a Non-profit Trust organization with a board of trustees consisting of representatives from the universities/user communities. BdREN offers different services like Digital Library Access, Cloud Computing, Training and Capacity Building, Unified Communications, Consultancy etc.
A two-day International Symposium from 2nd and 3rd July 2018 on “Tech-cultural Exchange Beyond CP: Cultural Transformation in Digital Ecosystem” was held at the Samson H. Chowdhury Centre, Dhaka Club. BdREN arranged the symposium under the auspices of Asia@Connect Project administered by Trans Eurasia Information Network*Corporation Centre (TEIN*CC), South Korea. Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, opened the symposium as the chief guest with Professor Dr Md. Akhtar Hossain, Member, UGC, in the chair. AKM Habibur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN), delivered the welcome address at the inaugural ceremony of the symposium on 2nd July 2018.
Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, chair of the eCulture Working Group of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), gave an introduction to the keynote speaker. Daeyoung Kim, former professor of Chungnam National University, spoke on the Experiences and challenges of cyber performance at the inaugural session of the symposium.
In the 2nd session of the day three presentations on ‘Implementing experience of cyber performance in Vietnam’, ‘Implementing experience of cyber performance in India and some new idea for cyber performance’, and ‘Mediatization of culture’ were made respectively by Nguyen Hong, Director of the Advanced Science and Technology Information Network Centre of Vietnam, Hari Krishna Atluri, Assistant Director of EARNET, India and Dr. ASM Asaduzzaman, Associate Professor of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Dhaka University. Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, chair of the eCulture Working Group of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), was the moderator of this session. IT professionals, faculty members of public and private universities and cultural activist are attending the symposium.
Day 2 (July 3 2018)
Alain Baumann, a French composer, media artist, programmer and developer of innovative audiovisual instruments, is delivering a presentation on “When art meets network: new formats for the performing arts” at the second day.
2nd session of the second day, the session was moderated by Boncheol Goo, Special Researcher, Institute for High Technology in Jelu National University, South Korea and also the Co-Chair of APAN e-Culture Working Group. Boncheol Goo also delivered a presentation on ‘Network delay as a new media’ in the session. Another presentation in the session was delivered by Alain Baumann, a French composer, media artist, programmer and developer of innovative audiovisual instruments, on “When art meets network: new formats for the performing arts”. Rosa Sánchez, a multidisciplinary and multi-media artist & choreographer of Spain made the last presentation in the session on “Drawing lines for a cooperative world”.
The and last session of the symposium was on “Future of cyber performance” which was moderated by the Nguyen Hong Van, Director of the Advance Science and Technology Information Network Centre of Vietnam. Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, chair of the e Culture Working Group of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), delivered a presentation on “Cyber Performances – Challenges and Opportunities for the Future” while AKM Habibur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Research and Education Network made a presentation on “Sustainability of Networked Performance” in the session. Bhushan Raj Shrestha, founder chairman of Nepal Research and Education Network delivered a presentation on Cyber-performance – A New Perspective for Cultural Transformation in the session.
The programme was ended with a fascinating cultural show followed by a dinner at the said event. Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Professor Dr Md. Akhtar Hossain and Professor Dr Dil Afroza Begum, Members, UGC, officials and consultants of UGC and HEQEP joined the event along with delegates from different parts of the world.