Previously he served as the 10th president and vice-chancellor of the University of Western Ontario from 2009 to 2019. [16] This was followed by the awarding of a Dean's Medal of Distinction from UBC Faculty of Applied Science in 2016 as part of UBC's centenary celebrations. Successful advocacy during this period led to the creation of the $1.2 billion "The Canada First Research Excellence Program" by the Government of Canada to support competitively selected Canadian post secondary institutions to turn their key strengths into world-leading capabilities.[11]. He has been serving as a Trustee and a member of the executive committee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities , the world's first and oldest network of universities since 2014. “Like all universities around the world, we face great challenges. The effects of the current crisis have been experienced differently in different places, but they have been remarkably widespread. At the University of Western Ontario, Chakma led a rebranding exercise in 2012 that resulted in rebranding the institution as Western University[8] He was reappointed to serve a second five-year term the same year. On July 1, 2009, Chakma succeeded Paul Davenport as the University of Western Ontario's president. Western President Amit Chakma finds himself in the midst of the most trying weeks of his administration – facing criticism about his contract and pay, and now hearing larger questions about his ability to lead the university. 7.1K likes. In October, former Western Chancellor Jack Cowin (left), BA’64, LLD’00, and his wife Sharon, BA’64, donated $5 million to support Western Engineering, and to name the Amit Chakma Engineering Building in honour of their friend and the university’s 10 th President (right). “Professor den Hollander’s leadership in the most trying of times has been extraordinary,” he said. Professor Chakma joins UWA as its 19th Vice-Chancellor following an outstanding career in higher education leadership and academia in Canada, most recently 10 years as President and Vice Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario in Canada. Professor Amit Chakma and his wife Meena flew to Perth from Canada last month and spent 14 days in self-isolation in accordance with Government requirements. She and her two brothers were abducted on 12 June 1996 from her home at Lallyaghona village allegedly by the members of the Bangladesh Army.Kalpana Chakma is still missing. Jack Cowin, BA’64, LLD’00, Western University’s 22nd Chancellor, and his wife Sharon, BA’64, have generously donated $5 million to support Western Engineering and to name Western’s newest building in honour of the University’s 10th president, Amit Chakma.. The Chakma people are an ethnic minority from the south-east region of Bangladesh and Northeast India. On June 19, 2010 Chakma received an honorary doctor of engineering degree from the University of Waterloo. This achievement is especially notable since only four of these awards may be granted each year and students across the University are eligible. In 2014 Chakma was the recipient of the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award. [33][34] Chakma's pay was a result of "double-dipping," allowing him to collect a second full salary for choosing to work during his paid administrative leave. The University of Western Australia is offering more courses than ever before. “I have been deeply impressed and moved by the responses of the students and staff of the University that I have seen to date. Amit Chakma (born 25 April 1959)[1] is the current Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia since July 2020. Dr. Amit Chakma, a dynamic and gifted academic leader, is the 10th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. Western president Amit Chakma was honoured by University Chancellor, Jack Cowin, BA’64, LLD’00, and his wife, Sharon, BA’64 when it was announced they had donated $5 million to support Western Engineering and to name Western’s newest building the Amit Chakma Engineering Building. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Asian University for Women, an international liberal arts university located in Chittagong, Bangladesh[29] from 2012 to 2015 as Vice-Chair and Acting Chair. [10], Chakma served as the Chair of U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities from 2012-2014. Bikanta Chakma has to be paid Rs 2 lakh (if he can produce medical records of his injury) and Kanyabati Reang may also get Rs 2 lakh if we can prove dispossession from the land. “Research-intensive universities, as a group, have significant weakness in terms of the attention, the care we have been able to give to our students,” Professor Chakma told Business News. Western president Amit Chakma was honoured as University Chancellor, Jack Cowin, BA’64, LLD’00, and his wife, Sharon, BA’64, announced they've donated $5 million to support Western Engineering and to name Western’s newest building the Amit Chakma Engineering Building. During his time at the University of Regina, Chakma was named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40 list. The University of Western Australia acknowledges that its campus is situated on Noongar land, and that Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land, and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge. [12] Chakma was recognized for playing a leading role in the establishment of a new health sciences campus in Kitchener and the relocation of the school of architecture to Cambridge during his tenure as vice-president at Waterloo. Wednesday, June 17, 2020 The School is proud to announce that graduate students Dania Abuleil and Amy Chow have each won the Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student. [5] Having left the University of Waterloo, he has been noted for his service to both the university and the academic and business community of Kitchener-Waterloo. 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Amit Chakma (born 25 April 1959) is the current Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia since July 2020. After days of outrage over the doubling of his salary to nearly $1 million, Amit Chakma said Wednesday he’ll return half of it to Western University and not… From 1988 until 1996, Chakma taught chemical engineering at the University of Calgary. It follows an outstanding career in higher education leadership and academia in Canada, most recently 10 years as President and Vice Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario in Canada. 2.3K likes. [7] His research interests are natural gas engineering and petroleum waste management. The award citation described how Chakma used education as the basis for his remarkable journey as a young boy from a tribe in the hills of southeastern Bangladesh to becoming a university president in Canada.[14]. “He is committed to combining research excellence with outstanding student experience and has also demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and equity in access to higher education. [4] He was the eldest among four siblings. As per the Atrocities Rules of 2016, Pindulal’s relatives have to be paid Rs eight lakh, pension of Rs 5000 per month to his wife, education upto graduation level for children and food for three months. Professor Chakma joins UWA as its 19th Vice-Chancellor following an outstanding career in higher education leadership and academia in Canada, most recently 10 years as President and Vice Chancellor of The University of … The award is named after Michael P. Malone, an American historian and 10th president of Montana State University. Western president Amit Chakma was honoured Friday as University Chancellor, Jack Cowin, BA’64, LLD’00, and his wife, Sharon, BA’64 announced they had donated $5 million to support Western Engineering and to name Western’s newest building the Amit Chakma Engineering Building. “Like all universities worthy of the name, UWA is a creator of new knowledge and a custodian of intellectual endeavour, evidence-based enquiry and academic freedom. Read the full article. In 1996, he moved to the University of Regina as dean of engineering. Professor Amit Chakma has been appointed at the University of Western Australia as its 19th Vice-Chancellor. “Professor Chakma has a proven track record and the necessary combination of experience, skills and capacity to lead the University at this important time in its history.”. Early life and education. From 2001 to 2009 Professor Chakma served as Vice-President (Academic) and Provost of The University of Waterloo in Canada. Royal Chakma Kingdom - Greater Chittagong Hill Tracts Region Professor Chakma also acknowledged interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander AO for her exceptional contribution to UWA during the COVID-19 pandemic. An academic, public policy enthusiast and a global citizen interested in education, environment and global issues. In 2015 Chakma received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Engineering Alumni group at the University of British Columbia. Professor Amit Chakma and his wife Meena flew to Perth from Canada last month and spent 14 days in self-isolation in accordance with Government requirements. His substantial record of research has covered greenhouse gas control technology, energy and environmental model system modelling, petroleum waste management, gas separation and processing and mass transfer. Perth WA 6009 Australia. [23] The goal of doubling international students in Canada to over 450,000 was surpassed five years earlier in 2017.[24]. “She has given service of the highest order to the University and has set an outstanding example of what can be achieved by the combination of intellect, humanity and honesty.”, Simone Hewett (UWA Media and PR Manager) 08 6488 3229 / 0432 637 716, 35 Stirling Highway [5] He studied in Ispahani School in Comilla and completed his secondary education from Rangamati Government High School. Grant Reuber, who died in Toronto on July 7 at the age of 90, was a leading Canadian economist with a career trajectory that saw him become a leader in academia, business and the public service. “Stepping into the role of Western’s tenth president is a humbling and energizing experience”, says Amit Chakma. [17], On March 4, 2017, he was the convocation speaker at the 50th convocation of the University of Dhaka, the pre-eminent university locally known as the Oxford of the East, ranked In the top 1000 globally per QS World University Rankings, where he was bestowed Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by President Abdul Hamid of Bangladesh, the Chancellor of the University for his outstanding leadership in education and research. "I didn't even know we were building a statue till the Chakmaster hit me up," Cowin explained. Amit arrived at Western after serving the University of Waterloo since 2001 as Vice-President, Academic & … [30] Chakma said in his recommendation that "Nguyen's candidacy has been the fruit of our relentless proactive efforts in identifying potential women faculty members. “I’m very much looking forward to meeting the wonderful staff and students at UWA and finding my way around this very beautiful campus,” Professor Chakma said. Professor Chakma is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and holds a Master of Applied Science and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. Just yesterday, a handful of Senate members called for a special meeting to discuss a motion of non-confidence in the president. In a statement, Western said the name was "inspired by Chakma's leadership and vision to grow Western's competitiveness on the world stage". They have never been more needed than they are now.”, “We must also be mindful of our responsibility to the local community we serve, ensuring we act to benefit the social and economic wellbeing of the people of Perth and Western Australia.”. UWA Chancellor, Robert French AC, said Professor Chakma came to UWA with demonstrated success in developing high quality teaching and learning while building research capability and important partnerships across academic, government and industry sectors. Dr. Amit Chakma, a dynamic and gifted academic leader, is the 10th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. Amit Chakma, London, Ontario. He was inaugural Chair of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities and has held senior advisory positions with the Canadian Government on international education strategy and science, technology and innovation. In this 2018 Facebook (Amit Chakma) photo, Prof Chakma welcomes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Western University’s Alumni Hall for a Town Hall meeting. [15] The award is meant to provide national recognition for a career of outstanding contributions to further international education at state and land-grant institutions. October 09, 2018. He was elected as Chair of Council in 2017. #purpleandproud #westernu The obituary was featured in Waterloo Region Record on May 22, 2020, and The Globe and Mail on May 22, 2020. [22] [13], In 2014 Chakma was awarded a Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award. He was inaugural Chair of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities and has held senior advisory … After migrating from Canada, Professor Chakma and his wife Meena are determined to make the most of living in Perth. “My main focus will be to connect with the UWA community as we look to recover and rebuild following the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. From 2001 to 2009 Professor Chakma served as Vice-President (Academic) and Provost of The University of Waterloo in Canada. [9] In 2014 Western's Senate and Board of Governors approved the University's ambitious strategic plan titled "Achieving Excellence on the World Stage. Douglas Tyndall WRIGHT passed away in Waterloo, Ontario. He then moved to Canada and earned a Master of Applied Science and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1984 and 1987 respectively.[6]. (Sponsor Content) "[31] Nguyen taught at Regina for two years before students and faculty, suspicious on account of Nguyen's apparent lack of knowledge, discovered that she had defrauded the University by claiming her ex-husband's doctoral degree as her own. Chakma wasn’t paid for a year after that in an effort to refund half of the salary. Innovations from partnerships to online messaging are bringing new approaches to today’s philanthropic efforts. (Mark Spowart/THE CANADIAN PRESS) Related Stories. Alumni tapped for Governor General honours . One of the key recommendations was to double the number of international students in Canada by 2022. They made the decision early on that they wanted to live beachside and have now settled in Scarborough with panoramic ocean views. [34], On March 30, 2015, Member of Provincial Parliament for London-West, Peggy Sattler asked in the Provincial Parliament question period whether the government would prohibit university boards of governors from negotiating similar double payouts to university presidents. No one has been tried for her disappearance. He then served as Regina's vice president research from 1999 to 2001. Kalpana Chakma is a human rights activist and feminist from Bangladesh who held the position of Organizing Secretary of the Hill Women's Federation. [2] Previously he served as the 10th president and vice-chancellor of the University of Western Ontario from 2009 to 2019. Professor Amit Chakma and his wife Meena flew to Perth from Canada last month and spent 14 days in self-isolation in accordance with Government requirements. “Stepping into the role of Western’s tenth president is a humbling and energizing experience”, says Amit Chakma. "It is very clear that I shall be working with people of remarkable resilience and strength, with the capacity to act innovatively, compassionately and energetically.". In 1982, he graduated at the top of his class. On 30 June this year Professor Chakma completed his second term and 10th year as President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario. In 2012, Chakma received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canadian post-secondary education. While he was dean of engineering at the University of Regina in 1998, Chakma hired Lana Nguyen as a professor of systems software engineering. Amit Chakma doesn’t pull any punches when discussing the challenges he faces in his new role at the University of Western Australia. Amit Chakma answers questions at a news conference in London, Ont., Tuesday, Dec.20, 2011. [18], On October 12, 2018, University of Western Ontario announced that the University's new engineering building would be called the Amit Chakma Engineering Building. He served as the founding chair of HealthForce Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency, a crown corporation set up to build and maintain the province's health human resources capacity by supporting the government's strategic direction of health workforce planning from 2007 to 2010.[27]. [20][21] He chaired an Advisory Panel on Canada's International Education Strategy in 2011–12. [4] He received a scholarship from the Algerian government, along with nine other Bangladeshi students, to study natural gas processing engineering at Algerian Petroleum Institute in Algeria. The University of Western Australia’s new Vice-Chancellor takes up his role this week and is looking forward to building on the strengths of the University’s staff, students and wider community. Western’s Chancellor Jack Cowin, along with his wife Sharon, donated $5-million to the building to have it named after his colleague and long time friend. Professor Amit Chakma and his wife Meena flew to Perth from Canada last month and spent 14 days in self-isolation in accordance with Government requirements. “I want to bring a renewed focus on the student experience. Cowin, who was also behind the retroactive renaming of the former ThreeC+ Engineering Building (now the Amit Chakma Engineering Building), explained that the university intially planned to construct an elaborate memorial in honor of philanthropist and former university chancellor Richard G. Ivey. [4] He passed his HSC examination from Dhaka College in 1976. Unveiled today – the new Amit Chakma Engineering building, dedicated by Chancellor Jack Cowin, and his wife Sharon, through a generous $5-million donation in support of @westernuEng and in honour of Western’s 10th president. 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