Azim Uddin Ahmed, Chairman, Mutual Group, Sponsor Director of Southeast Bank and Chairman, Board of Trustee of North South University. By: Raju Alim

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Azim Uddin Ahmed is a successful business entrepreneur in Bangladesh. He has played a vital role within the journey of his fifty years-long business career in developing country economy of Bangladesh. He also played an important role in establishing 1st private university of the country, North-south University. Currently, he is the Chairman of – Board of Trustee of North South University. He is associated with many social and cultural activities.  he has visited more than sixty countries of the world joining seminars and symposiums. Raju Alim had covered an interview with this impressive business person.

How did private universities start their journey in Bangladesh?

 Azim Uddin Ahmed: we’ve often seen that our students go abroad for higher studies. Once they went to the UK or the USA as they had no other option. study in these two countries required huge costing. Most of the family had no ability to bear this cost. But parents had the will to send their offspring abroad for higher studies. Thinking over this issue, I along with some of my friends started thinking over the concept of the private university in Bangladesh. We then came to know from the education ministry that we’ve to prepare a private university act. So for the initiative of us, the government of 1991 had created the Private University Act, 1992. We got a chance for advancing. We’re the first and best private university of Bangladesh and we’re working for spreading education.

What initiatives did you take to widen the inventiveness of NSU students?

Nazim Uddin Ahmed: we’ve made twenty-four student clubs to enhance creativity. I want to mention a club name among the twenty-four that is UN Club. This UN Model Club became champion for three times within the whole world.

As a Chairman of Mutual Group, you’d an important role in establishing NSU. This initiative was not easy in the education field. What kind of challenges did you face?

Azim Uddin Ahmed: my own business firm is closely associated with foreign countries from the beginning. After completing my academic life, I started to think of doing business. I personally preferred the import business. I got two lines that are the health sector and health drink. One is milk and another is Horlicks. I got a chance to visit the UK and Scandinavian countries after starting these two businesses. All of my family members went with me and my offspring wanted to study abroad. But I wanted to let them study in Bangladesh. But there was no private university at that time. So I send my son to Boston, USA. I came to close observation of his sufferings during traveling. I felt the urgency to establish a private university in Bangladesh. So we united and started NSU.

NSU’s convocation is very near. What’s your feeling?

Azim Uddin Ahmed: there are three different programs of us. Our convocation is on 29th March. We want to bring Nobel laureate Sir Richard John Roberts from the USA. He is a great scientist. He will be there as a speaker. This will be a great source of inspiration for the students. We’ll also celebrate our 25 years journey. We want to expose our 25 years journey of excellence to the whole nation. We want to create something innovative. There is no Genome research center in Bangladesh. Rita Colonel was the advisor of former president Barak Obama. She is a member of our international advisory committee. There are twelve members of the NSU International Advisory Board. Among the six members of this committee are Bangladeshi and six are American. This committee holds the meeting in Washington where the US president holds his meeting. We invited great scientists of the world to inaugurate this genome research center. About 350 high-status guests will present there. We’re trying to develop our quality and our advisory committee defines our curriculum.

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