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Bangladesh: Support to Tertiary Education Development

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53320-001 Status: Active

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been a long-term partner in education sector development in Bangladesh, especially in school education and skills development. ADB currently supports primary and secondary education sector-wide approaches with emphasis on Science, Mathematics, English, and use of ICT. ADB is assisting the government in expanding job-relevant training opportunities focusing on basic to mid-level skills linked with job placements through industry partnerships. From 2018, the government has requested several interventions in tertiary education development.

Project Details

Project Officer
Hayashi, Ryotaro South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Bangladesh
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Support to Tertiary Education Development
Project Number 53320-001
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9821-BAN: Support to Tertiary Education Development
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
TA 9821-BAN: Support to Tertiary Education Development (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Tertiary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been a long-term partner in education sector development in Bangladesh, especially in school education and skills development. ADB currently supports primary and secondary education sector-wide approaches with emphasis on Science, Mathematics, English, and use of ICT. ADB is assisting the government in expanding job-relevant training opportunities focusing on basic to mid-level skills linked with job placements through industry partnerships. From 2018, the government has requested several interventions in tertiary education development.

Building upon the achievements of past and ongoing education sector projects as well as lessons from recent engagement in tertiary education, ADB will help the government make strategic investments for tertiary education catering to specific industries' demand for improved human capital and contribute to socioeconomic transformation. Lessons from the preparatory work for the Improving Computer and Software Engineering Tertiary Education Project are (i) that wider stakeholder consultants (especially with industry and students) are crucial to inform the project design and convince universities and the government to adopt innovative approaches, and (ii) that quality and relevance improvement measures require several rounds of discussion to gather momentum for institution-wide buy-in. A technical assistance providing strategic technical inputs through resource persons and expert consultants has been highly appreciated by the government and stakeholders as the technical areas require understanding of latest industry requirements, international good practices, and innovative approaches successful in other countries. ADB will focus its efforts in specific disciplines or universities to provide integrated supports in developing new and upgraded higher education programs, addressing the gaps in quality and relevance of those programs. This approach complements the World Bank's higher education interventions aiming at improving university governance, quality assurance, and research capacity across the whole sub-sector.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The transaction TA facility will provide project preparation support and capacity building to a series of ensuing projects, comprising (i) Improving Computer and Software Engineering Tertiary Education Project (for commitment in 2020), (ii) Digital University Development Project (2020), (iii) Innovations in Tertiary Education for Competitiveness (Advanced Agriculture) Project (2021), and (iv) Innovations in Tertiary Education for Competitiveness (Garments and Textiles) Project (2022). All ensuing projects are in the tertiary education subsector, where the Ministry of Education, the University Grants Commissions, relevant universities, and industry partners will be key stakeholders in project design and implementation. The project preparation will require similar set of due diligence in technical, safeguard, poverty, social, gender, fiduciary management and economic assessment. Using a TA facility is suitable as it will enhance project preparation efficiency, strengthen incorporation of lessons in new project designs; and improve project implementation readiness by (i) allowing the same experts and consultants to be mobilized for similar due diligence activities, (ii) facilitating learning on project processing and implementation across different projects, and (iii) providing technical inputs and capacity development opportunities to accelerate project readiness and initial implementation processes.

The transaction TA facility will provide implementation support to the ensuing projects as well as policy advisory based on studies and consultations where ADB can add value addition, based on the implementation of ensuing projects. This transaction TA facility is included in the country operations and business plan 2020-2022 for Bangladesh, as a transaction TA with the title _Support to Innovations in Tertiary Education for Competitiveness.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA facility will provide total 137 person-months' consultant inputs (16 person-months international and 121 person-months national) to support the preparation and implementation of the ensuing projects. Two firms will be selected for (i) fiduciary review (7 person-months, national); and (ii) tracer study and employer survey (67 person-months, national), using consultant qualification selection and bio-data technical proposal as these are with small contract amounts, requiring a small number of experts, and work approach and methods are well established and can be closely guided by ADB project officer. ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Procurement Not Applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Hayashi, Ryotaro
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education
Shikkha Bhaban, 16 Abdul Ghani Road
Dhaka-1000
Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 09 Oct 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 10 Oct 2019

TA 9821-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Oct 2019 04 Dec 2019 04 Dec 2019 30 Apr 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 09 Oct 2019 135,819.27

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Active 08 Apr 2021 14 Apr 2021
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Aug 2020 07 Aug 2020
Support to Tertiary Education Development - Procurement / DPP Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 13 May 2020 19 May 2020
Support to Tertiary Education Development - Online/Offline Learning Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Mar 2020 11 Mar 2020
Support to Tertiary Education Development - IT Equipment and Management Information System Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2020 10 Mar 2020
Support to Tertiary Education Development - Equipment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2020 10 Mar 2020
Support to Tertiary Education Development - Architect Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Mar 2020 09 Mar 2020
Support to Tertiary Education Development - Lab Design Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Mar 2020 09 Mar 2020
Support to Tertiary Education Development - Interior Designer Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Mar 2020 09 Mar 2020
Senior Education Technology Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Feb 2020 14 Feb 2020
High Technology Agriculture Edcuation Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Feb 2020 14 Feb 2020
Higher Education Project Coordinator (Agriculture) Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Feb 2020 14 Feb 2020
DPP Preparation Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Feb 2020 11 Feb 2020
Environmental Safeguards Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2020 10 Feb 2020
Environmental Safeguards Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2020 10 Feb 2020
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2020 10 Feb 2020
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2020 10 Feb 2020
Higher Education Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2020 10 Feb 2020

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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