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Rabiul Islam reports on the results from the national standardized exams written by students in all Civil and Computer Science diploma programs. A central authority grades the exams; its report shows that our first semester OIST students did better than students from many other institutions, even well-established colleges. From OIST, 24 students appeared in the examinations. 19 passed, all with GPA above 3.0 out of 4.0. 5 students failed in one subject (physics theory), probably because they did not study physics in high school. We are planning to upgrade technology in teh OIST Computer Lab because in their second semester, the Computer Science students will study Computerized Graphics Design-I (PS, AI) and Python Programming and Civil Engineering will have AutoCad.

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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