OfP’s Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) is a technical and vocational education institute that offer skills and workforce development training to high school graduates (grade 10). Rabiul Islam reports that OFP has just signed an agreement with the government for management of stipends for OIST students. Around 70% of the OIST students will receive Tk. 4,000 (about $50 CAD) every six months for books and supplies. Up until now, OIST has been subsidizing text books for low-income students. These stipends mean that donated funds can instead be used to purchase library books and teaching equipment for the learning labs.

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As a young RN in 2011, Cailey Lynch volunteered as a visiting faculty member at IUBAT College of Nursing for an entire semester. She supervised students in medical-surgical nursing, making a strong impression as a confident professional role-model. After returning to Canada she continued working as a nurse while studying medicine and even finding time to get married. This month her husband, David Eby, became leader of the governing party in British Columbia, becoming the provincial Premier. We wish Cailey and her family all the best as they embark on this exciting new experience.

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IUBAT BSN alumnus, Mohammad Ali, has begun his graduate studies at Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health. Ali’s first-year tuition and living costs have been supported by generous donors through BHP. Ali will be researching ways to tackle the high rate of C-section in Bangladesh. Ali’s journey to Oxford is a remarkable story of perseverance. As he wrote in his application letter, “My parents have always been a significant source of inspiration for me, but they are unable to help me out financially…. In primary and secondary school, I experienced severe economic hardships, but I never gave up on my dream of continuing my studies. Because of my mother’s poor health, from a young age I have been passionate about improving the health of people. I was the first person in my village to enter a university undergraduate program. I didn't know what a university looked like, and I was more worried about money than grades. I've always been passionate about promoting health in my community. In Bangladesh, my first priority is to reduce unnecessary C-sections since many women experience severe complications from this procedure. I do not know whether I will achieve the target in my lifetime, but someone has to take the initiative. I believe I may be that person.” We will post updates of Ali’s academic progress.

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