The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) concluded its 9th Inter-University Student Conference and Cultural Competition, a two-day event organized by the Department of English and Humanities (DEH) in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bangladesh. The conference, held on October 19-20, 2023, delved into the theme "Gender: The Binary and Beyond," and showcased the collective efforts of students from public and private universities across Bangladesh. “Beyond the Mirror,” the cultural production by ULAB won the Championship in the cultural competition while the Stamford University bagged the Runner-Up Award.
Raina Isabela of BRAC University won the Best Paper Award while Amreeta Lethe Chowdhury of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and Rohama Chowdhury of Metropolitan University jointly won the Runner-Up position. Academics from non-participating universities ensured fairness and transparency in the adjudication process for both academic papers and performances.
This year, 19 universities presented academic papers on 19th October, competing for the prestigious Best Paper Award, while Day Two saw seven universities vying for the coveted Champion's trophy in the Cultural Competition. The event's grand finale was the Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony, which took place on Friday, October 20, 2023. Iqbal Hossain, Program Advisor of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Bangladesh, graced the ceremony as the Chief Guest, adding prestige to the culmination of two days of academic and creative exploration. Professor Jude William Genilo, Pro-Vice Chancellor of ULAB, Professor Kaiser Huq, Dean of School of Arts and Humanities, and Arifa Ghani Rahman, Head of the Department of English and Humanities, handed over the awards to the winners. The winners received a crest, a certificate of recognition, and prize money as awards.
The DEH Inter-University Student Conference and Cultural Competition has established itself as a prominent fixture in the academic calendar, offering a unique platform for students to engage in scholarly discourse and creative expression. One of the notable highlights of this year's conference was the introduction of an Art Exhibition, exclusively featuring artwork by DEH students and alumni, providing a visually captivating dimension to the event and attracting a diverse number of audiences.