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Second Round Tracer Studies under HEQEP

Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) is a flagship project of Ministry of Education with the financial and technical support from the World Bank. The major objective of this project is to improve the quality of teaching-learning and research capabilities of the tertiary education institutions of the country through encouraging innovation and accountability. HEQEP is now at the ninth year of its decade-long life. Therefore, it is the best time to look back and see how far the project has come across in terms of improving the employability and relevant skills of the beneficiary students and see if their skills are up to the expectation of the employers.

Through this study we will attempt to trace and capture different cohorts of university students and graduates at different points in time in their study and professional career to gain knowledge about the transition to the labor market and relevance of university education in Bangladesh. Research methodology of this study includes both quantitative and qualitative techniques. Structured questionnaire will be used to interview students and graduates from targeted universities and departments. Additionally we will collect data from the employers of the graduates about the skills and knowledge of the hired graduates and the relevance of university training. The knowledge gained through this study will inform future discussions of policy makers and stakeholders on improvement of quality and relevance of university education.

Study team: Minhaj Mahmud (Team leader), Zabid Iqbal, Siban Shahana, Shahidul Islam, Wahid Ferdous Ibon 

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