BUFT stresses innovative approaches for both applied and strategic research. At the moment, BUFT is engaged as a partner of a three-year funded British Council Delphe Project that brings together international collaboration between London College of Fashion, BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology (Dhaka) and UNIDO. As retailers are increasingly under pressure to ensure ethical and environmental standards run all the way through the supply chain, there is a need for research projects to explore best practices and ways forward to improve the competitiveness of the Bangladesh manufacturing sector through adding value in this area.
Title of the Project: Corporate Social Responsibility, SRHR and Innovative Leadership in the Readymade Garment Sector in Bangladesh.
Duration of the project: 01/04/2014 to 31/03/2018 (4 Years)
Beneficiary Organization: BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology (BUFT)
Implementing Consortium/Organizations: a) MDF Training & Consultancy (Lead)
- BMB Mott Macdonald
- Nyenrode University
- MVO Nederland
- CSR Bangladesh
Objectives of the Project:
- To enhance the knowledge and application of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Innovative Leadership within the Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh, to promote socioeconomic development, environmental protection, international compliance and equal participation of women in mid and top level positions in the sector.
- BUFT enables professionals and RMG managers to apply CSR principles, to be innovative, to promote women empowerment and equal participation, and to make the RMG factories safe workplaces and of equal participation.
Under the NUFFIC Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Building in Higher Education (NICHE) BUFT was awarded the grant for a project titled ‘Corporate Social Responsibility, SRHR and Innovative Leadership in the Readymade Garment Sector in Bangladesh’ to develop BUFT as a reference Centre on CSR; provide education/ trainings on CSR, mainstreaming gender, including SRHR values addressing innovative management to respond to labour market needs in Bangladesh.
In collaboration with MDF, (Bangladesh & Netherlands), Nyenrode University (The Netherlands), Mott MacDonald (Bangladesh & Netherlands), MVO(The Netherlands), and CSR (Bangladesh), BUFT have strengthened their capacities in CSR, Gender and SRHR, and have developed a CSR Curriculum which will be delivered as a Foundation Course across all their courses plus a Leadership Series to be developed during 2016. Other activities include market-driven research, outreach and advocacy.
Under this NICHE project for academic skills, capacity development and research work of BUFT Faculty Members in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Innovative Leadership (IL) intensive training programs were carried out by the Experts of Nyenrode Business University, MDF and MVO Netherlands. 17 (seventeen) faculty members of BUFT successfully completed the M.Sc level Diploma course.
In 03 (three) training modules 2 modules were carried out in BUFT, Bangladesh and last one was organized in Nyenrode Business University, Kingdom of the Netherlands. For Details
Introduction to SMART Network
‘Sustainable Market Actors is a global research network involving scholars from universities all over the world, wishing to contribute to research that will promote global, sustainable development within a circular, low-emission economy compatible with then planetary boundaries and in line with the international development goals.’
BACKGROUND SMART Project
The SMART Project is funded by the EU’s Framework Programme Horizon 2020, under the call Europe as a Global Actor: Greater Policy Coherence for Development. However, the magnitude of the Project and its ambitions goes beyond what is funded by the EU.
SMART is therefore made possible through the combination of H2020 funds and the research contributions, partly non-funded, by the SMART consortium of scholars united through our common goal of contributing to sustainable development.
SMART H2020 Project Activities
GA NO-693642 SMART
- Project initially offered by Prof. Dr. Andre Nijhof to Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan (Nov. 2014).
- Discussed with VC and both agreed to work on this project (Nov 2014).
- Several Communication made with Oslo University through Skype. Telephone etc. May 21 to May 28, 2015.
- Approval taken from Chairman, BOT, and VC & Pro-VC were assigned as Research Professor’s on May 28, 2015.
- Project Paper prepared and Submitted in May – June 2015 to European Union through Lead Consortium partner Oslo University, Norway. Project proposal GA Finally Submitted May 28, 5.00 pm Time Brassels .
- Revision and corrections were made as per requirement of European Union and Dept. of Law, Oslo University, Norway during the period July to October/November 2015.
- Funding application was Submitted on October 28, 2015.
- Grant agreement/Collaboration agreement Finalised in November 2015.
- Pro-VC Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan was appointed as LEAR/Main Contact and VC Prof. Dr. Syed Masud Husain as Project Leader/Contact Person.
- VC attended Launching Programme in May 26-27, 2016 in Brassels.
- Pro VC discussed few matters with Nyenrode University Faculty Members Mr. Michiel Brandt regarding activities of SMART Project on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
LCF has been supporting a UNIDO project to improve the BGMEA Institute (BIFT) educational programmes in order to strengthen their curriculum to alleviate poverty and drive competitive advantage.
UNIDO is supporting the Bangladesh Quality Support Programme (BQSP) that includes BIFT as a key beneficiary of the EU funding. The UNIDO BQSP expert in Dhaka will co-ordinate the DelPHE Project to ensure appropriate organization of the partnership, and act as a point of contact for arranging visits and BIFT staff meetings.
LCF has been collaborating with BIFT for the last three years through the UNIDO project. LCF has been providing curriculum support to improve their IT/CAD/CAM and Marketing capabilities. The Textile and Ready Made Garment Industry needs to be improved through enhancing the knowledge Economy, so as to complete globally as a response to phasing out of the quota system in 2005. The Ready Made Garment Industry is a key sector in the Bangladesh economy. Bangladesh textile and garment sub-sectors are not yet well positioned to compete in the expanded global garment markets as most of the companies continue to operate with a manufacturing orientation accepting orders for their sewing capabilities at low prices. Without fundamental changes in the ways of operating, there is a high risk of the industry contracting; many employees losing their jobs, especially women, and a decline in foreign currency earnings with consequential increase in poverty levels (BQSP brochure 2006)
In order to support these challenges, LCF/UNIDO have achieved.
• Purchase of over 70 PC computers with broadband connections with an IT Strategy to manage the increase in technology.
• Upgrading of the library to strengthen the research and intellectual competences of staff and students.
• Delivery of over 10 train the trainer sessions to update BIFT staff to improve their pedagogic practices and collaborate for new courses with an international perspective.
• Delivery of lectures and presentations to BIFT students to raise their awareness of fashion marketing, and design/product development.
• Initiating industry /Education links to ensure that the student experience is embedded in work based learning and up to date with current industrial practices.