The mission of CES is to produce high-quality research and knowledge in order to bridge the theoretical and empirical interface between enterprises and society. Its vision is to enable an entrepreneurial society in Bangladesh, built on ethical foundations.
CES has a staff of full-time, part-time and affiliated researchers with deep experience in private sector research in industries such as financial services, consumer goods, energy and power, pharmaceuticals, textiles, leather, transportation, infrastructure, real estate, light engineering, information technology, and e-commerce. The Center’s research staff are also experienced in development sector research in areas such as skill development, financial inclusion, governance, regulatory reform, human rights, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health, and social enterprises.
With regard to capabilities, CES has a strong track record of economic research, policy research, social research, and survey research using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. Our survey research abilities are built on the deep experience of the Center’s Staff in this field, many of whom have garnered research experience in leading global and Bangladesh-based universities and research organizations before joining the Center.
The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh’s Center for Enterprise and Society (CES) seeks to advance understanding of the opportunities and challenges to entrepreneurship and enterprise development in Bangladesh through objective, academic study.
Why “enterprise and society“? The solutions to the challenges confronting enterprise development in Bangladesh go far beyond entrepreneurs and the private sector. At the most basic level, Bangladesh’s business development depends on improving its human resources. In addition, civil society and average ordinary citizens have an important role to play in overcoming a host of challenges impacting our business climate. These range from traffic problems, to power availability, to urban planning. As such, we believe there is a strong relationship between enterprise and societal development.
The Center is exploring these themes in three broad areas:
- Conducting academic research
- Encouraging public engagement and debate
- Improving university education