BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology (BUFT) was set up in March 2012 under the Private Universities Act of 2010 and is dedicated to the development of human resources for the readymade garments, textiles and allied sectors of Bangladesh. The university aims to establish itself as a ‘center of excellence’ for study, research and development and to serve the nation.
The relentless hard work and dedication by the Founder Chairman Muzaffar U. Siddique, along with contributions by the other members of the board of trustees of the university, helped to establish State of the art University. Since its establishment, BUFT has been operating very successfully by twenty one Trustee Board members headed by Visionary Founder Chairman, Muzaffar U. Siddique.
In response to a question on the gap between industry and academy Founder Chairman, Siddique said, “I won’t say gap, there may be a distance between the academy and industry. As we are board members from the industry, as well as we are highly connected with the industry, so we know what the demands are and the latest technologies are, so we are constantly adopting that.”
BUFT has agreements with 36 international universities. Siddique said that “It is a huge transformation, as we get their modern technology and other innovations. Also, we share our experiences and make it internationalized.”
“Every year we are sending 50 students in China, Netherlands, Germany, India, UK, etc. for postgraduate and Ph.D. programs. These all are contributing immensely to our graduates. And recently we signed an MoU with one of the leading Fashion Education Institute named Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin in New Zealand, who will develop our Faculty of the Fashion Design department. One of our students attained a gold medal in a renowned international competition in New Zealand,” he pointed out.
“Every year we are sending 50 students in China, Netherlands, Germany, India, UK, etc. for postgraduate and Ph.D. programs. These all are contributing immensely to our graduates. And recently we signed an MoU with one of the leading Fashion Education Institute named Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin in New Zealand, who will develop our Faculty of the Fashion Design department. One of our students attained a gold medal in a renowned international competition in New Zealand.”
Recently one of our Fashion Design student received the ‘Best Nation Award’ in World Skill 2019 competition and became the ADB Ambassador.
BUFT is bringing foreign professors for lectures, incorporating the E-learning system, software’s, Lectra, Garber, even it has a mini spinning mill, modern fabric manufacturing, dyeing, printing, finishing, Apparel manufacturing machines.
Moreover, BUFT is equipped with other modern machines like pattern lab, Nonwoven lab, Fashion Photography lab, etc. It is equipped with different world-class facilities for extra-curricular activities.
To meet the global educational standard BUFT is working hard. “I think the standard has to be very high. Without that, it will become obsolete. So, we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure global educational standard,” said Muzaffar U. Siddique, Founder Chairman, BUFT.
Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan, Vice-Chancellor (Acting) of BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology (BUFT) said, “We are developing skilled manpower as the textile and apparel sector is growing. The demand for skilled mid-level management is growing there as well. So, we are rigorously working to achieve that.”
“Industry does not run any curriculum, but we are, based on the needs of the industry. So, I do not see any gap between the curriculum and the industry,” said Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan. BUFT is also in a process of modernization the curriculum considering the 21st-century challenges of Industry.
BUFT is working to fill the distance mentioning this Prof. Ayub Nabi said adding, “Our curriculum is absolutely tailor-made to fit in the industry. Be it in sustainability, CSR, mechanical, production, safety, etc.”
“We have 56 labs here, with comprehensive facilities in laboratories because we value the student’s practical knowledge,” said Vice-Chancellor (Acting).
There are lots of foreign expats are in the country and it is not surprising that they are getting a huge salary and creating a job crisis for the local graduates.
“Every year US$ 10 Billion are taken away by India alone. We must work out to resolve this situation. These foreigners are not rocket scientists that our graduates can’t take up their position. And if Allah wills one day our own people will fully run this industry,” said Founder Chairman, Muzaffar.
“I believe our postgraduates soon will be able to fill those posts. And saving our hard-earned foreign currency,” he emphasized.
In our university, we do not have any foreign employees. Yes, foreign lecturers and delegates come here for lectures and that’s what I have emphasized earlier, that in all aspects we are aiming to eradicate dependency on foreigners.