Helping students to learn business strategies

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 02 Aug 2017, 19:46:09

Helping students to learn business strategies

Mahnoor Fairuza Khan

There was a time when people perceived that good grades meant everything, whether that was to get oneself into a good institution or a job. But in recent times head hunters and academicians have changed their criteria in choosing the right candidate. They now emphasise on knowing a student's social engagement and life skills. These are the sort of skills that one has to learn beyond the classroom. In recent years, the number of clubs in different universities has increased multifold.  The dominance of clubs has played the most vital role in student development. These bodies stresses the primacy of co-curricular activities for students and hence lays the foundation to learn more skills that helps them both in terms of self-development and employability.  

One such club that has been relentlessly dedicating its efforts in student development is Bangladesh University of Professionals Business and Communication Club, BUP BCC. This club  believes in promoting knowledge and pursuits of self-development through its various objectives. The club was established to develop and advance the individual intrigues, career networking opportunities, social camaraderie and political activism of students. It is a committed association body under the Faculty of Business Studies that supports and presents the students of BUP with the knowledge and ideas  of business and communication.

BUP BCC has a very proactive panel body comprising of students. Mahmud Hasan Siam, the president of BUP BCC, says, 'We have worked tirelessly in making everything possible that this club has individually achieved so far. I joined the club in my sophomore year and never looked back. The most amazing part of this club is that we, irrespective of departments, allow everyone to work and learn with us. Running a successful club can be very challenging but I am proud to have the best team backing me up. With their efficient organising, communications, public relations and logistic skills we are not just pulling off in-house arrangements but we are making national headlines too.'

 Among the competitions and events that BUP BCC hosts, the most prominent flagship events are - Corporiddlerz and CreADive-- both of which are held on a national level enabling undergrad students from all across Bangladesh to compete and learn under one roof.

The President of BUP BCC also says, 'We design the competitions ensuring the success of efforts of the students. Whether the individual or team is charged with creating a new product, market that product, or just simply communicate to the customers, these competitions teach the students that strong communication and analytical skills can help build relationships, ensure the sharing of new ideas and best practices.'  Amrito Alim, senior vice president of BUP BCC opined, 'Other than the competitions, we also host workshops in which corporate professionals are invited to share their knowledge and experiences with the students. The workshops are structured and planned to solely help the students to get a practical experience outside their textbooks and benefit individuals through coaching and counselling. The best part is most of our events are open for all. So if you're just an enthusiast learner you're always welcome to attend.'

Why should undergrad students join clubs? The President of BUP BCC said, 'The answer is very obvious. The benefit of joining a club while you're a student impacts on your social life. You will meet new people who share an interest with you, and you will widen your social network beyond your course and the people you live with. As a cherry on top, there are also real gains in terms of your career too. The most important reason is that you will have the joy and spirit of learning new things from each and every one of your fellows and seniors.'

Recently BUP BCC has launched 'SKS Presents Corporiddlerz 2017', a nationwide business strategy competition which is open for all undergraduates across Bangladesh. The registrations kicked off on July 17 and ended on  July 28 with an initial registration of  more than 270 teams from all over the country. The next rounds are set to be held in this month.

The writer is a student at Bangladesh University of Professionals. She can be reached at
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