Importance of research in higher education

Create an environment conducive to research

Published : 23 Oct 2021 09:13 PM | Updated : 25 Oct 2021 09:45 AM

Our universities will have to pay more attention on conducting researches in order to build skilled human resources for the country. Bangladesh has made many infrastructural developments over the years and the country will attain more progress in future. However, we think a country cannot go ahead without scientific research works. Therefore, countries higher educational institutions like public and private universities and other research based organisations will have to play key role in building skilled human resources to keep pace with the world.

As conducting research is a main tool of economic and technological development of a country, there is no alternative to it. It has been noticed that lack of support for research and a dearth of quality publications are the main reasons for Bangladeshi universities lagging behind in most of the world rankings. It is very unfortunate that no university of Bangladesh – neither public nor private -- has found any place at the top level of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University ranking of 2022. The positions of Dhaka University (DU) and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) remained unchanged at 801-1000, a very abysmal show at the global stage.

It is very unfortunate that no university of Bangladesh – neither 

public nor private -- has found any place at the top level of 

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University ranking of 2022 

Bangladesh is now a developing country and the government is committed to making Bangladesh one of the developed countries by 2041. Therefore, if we want to take the country forward by continuing the trend of development, we need to conduct quality research. In this regard, the government will have to increase the budget of the country’s public and private universities for research activities as we are not in a very good position in terms of doing research. Therefore, a master plan will have to be prepared for education, research and infrastructural development of the university.

Researchers, economists, technologists, policymakers and faculties will have to conduct more basic and applied researches and foster innovation in the light of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Success would come if everyone carries out his or her respective responsibility properly in this regard.

Besides, young people and university students should come up with innovative ideas and conduct more basic and applied research to contribute to the development of the nation. We would have to conduct more researches in every sector to make our development sustainable.

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