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Alternative scenarios for BRAC University

Sohail Tahir Inayatullah (Professor at Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan)
Shakil Ahmed (Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Pushpita Alam (Special Project for Secondary Schools, BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Susan Davis (BRAC USA, New York, NY, USA)
Syed Hashemi (BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
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On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 20 September 2013

Abstract

Purpose

This article aims to present the scenarios, visions and strategies that resulted from a three day foresight workshop for BRAC University in Rajendrapur, Bangladesh.

Design/methodology/approach

The workshops used the “six pillars” approach to foresight. The methods used included: The futures triangle, emerging issues analysis, the futures wheel, The Sarkar game and macrohistory, causal layered analysis, the integrated scenario method, visioning and backcasting. The workshop was held over three days in Rajendrapur, Bangladesh.

Findings

Three visions were developed: “Advancing knowledge with a human face” – a future that integrates liberal arts and real world specialization; “BRAC to the future – an eco‐system of leaders” – a future where the university becomes a social laboratory of innovation; and, “BUG – BRAC University Global,” – a global future where the university leverages BRAC's mission to save and serve the world.

Research limitations/implications

The visions are considered complementary and are being used to develop the university's strategic plan and new campus design.

Practical implications

This model of foresight provides a practical model for engaging in planning the long‐term future especially when there are a diversity of interests and stakeholders. The workshop has led to real world changes in strategy and funding.

Social implications

This model of foresight provides a practical model for engaging in planning the long‐term future especially when there is a diversity of interests and stakeholders. The workshop has led to real world changes in strategy and funding.

Originality/value

This was the first foresight project/workshop held for BRAC University.

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Citation

Tahir Inayatullah, S., Ahmed, S., Alam, P., Davis, S. and Hashemi, S. (2013), "Alternative scenarios for BRAC University", On the Horizon, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 275-285. https://doi.org/10.1108/OTH-01-2013-0006

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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