While chairing the inauguration of a 10-week certificate course on "Humanism, Policy, and Diplomacy" arranged by the Center for Peace Studies (CPS) of North South University, Vice-Chancellor of NSU Atiqul Islam called for more proactive involvement of the United Nations, the United States, and other stakeholders in helping to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
The course was inaugurated on 6 February through the digital video-conferencing platform Zoom, read a press release.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Vice-Chancellor Prof Atiqul Islam said it was the responsibility of the university to acquire and disseminate knowledge and use it in humanitarian work.
The course was organised in partnership with the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations Training (BIPSOT). Bangladesh Ambassador to the US M Shahidul Haque is working as the course advisor and CPS advisor Dr Catherine Lee is the course coordinator.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller and Head of BIPSOT, NDC, PSC Major General Abdul Qayyum Mollah were also present during the inauguration ceremony among other participants.
Underscoring the support of the United States to Bangladesh in various humanitarian activities including the assistance provided in solving the Rohingya Crisis, Earl R Miller said the American Embassy has always been committed to humanitarianism.
Acknowledging the ever-changing nature of the humanitarian crises and challenges, BIPSOT Chief Major General Abdul Qayyum Mollah said the participants of the course would play a significant role in maintaining peace by helping to prevent the future threats to humanity.
The course has 42 participants from various countries including Bangladesh, Canada, Japan, and Italy and will be taught by trainers from various countries, who are expert in their fields.
The course will cover both theoretical understanding and history of humanitarianism and explore the functions of different humanitarian organisations. The course also includes case studies of different countries, including Rwanda, Somalia, and Darfur.