Bangladesh Challenge

Sustainable Development Challenge in Bangladesh

What is Bangladesh Challenge?

Bangladesh Sustainable Development Challenge (Bangladesh Challenge) is an interdisciplinary action research project led by Dr. Sam Ro of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (JI-CFE). It is a part of the Global Engagement Project of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and Technology-Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development Project (TESD) of JI-CFE.

Under Bangladesh Challenge Project, a team of 11 students will visit Bangladesh between January 26th and February 1st, 2019 to explore and identify technologies that can be combined to help local partners in bringing sustainable development for underprivileged people in rural and urban communities.


  • To learn how technologies are being used for sustainable development
  • To explore and identify existing technologies that can strengthen efforts for sustainable development by local partners in Thailand and Bangladesh, such as government, NGOs, academic/research institutions, and social businesses.
  • Particular focus on mHealth technologies for poverty reduction
  • A documentary on business and technology for social purpose; A video report, describing specific problems to be solved


We will work with practitioners of sustainable development such as governmental and nongovernmental organizations and social businesses in Bangladesh. There are seven main partners and we have specific objectives for each partner.

Yunus Center is founded by Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize, 2006) in 2008 Yunus Center is the one-stop resource center for all Grameen social business related activities both globally and in Bangladesh. It keeps the spirit of the global social business movement very high through various events, social media, publications, and websites.

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Grameen Shakti (shakti meaning “energy” in Bengali) is a social business under The Grameen Bank established in 1996. The goal of Grameen Shakti (GS) is to introduce, promote, and provide affordable renewable energy technology to rural households of Bangladesh.

GS has successfully developed a market based approach innovative system for installation of solar home systems throughout villages of Bangladesh. As per November 2010, Grameen Shakti had installed 500,524 home systems across all 64 districts of Bangladesh.

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Aisa Institute of Technology is established in Bangkok in 1959, the Asian Institute of Technology has become a leading regional postgraduate institution that promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach. AIT is actively working with public and private sector partners throughout the region and with some of the top universities in the world.

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The University of Dhaka, also known as Dhaka University or simply DU, is the oldest university in modern Bangladesh. The university is ranked number one on the Bangladesh University Ranking 2017.Established in 1921 during the British Raj, it has made significant contributions to the modern history of Bangladesh. After the Partition of India, it became the focal point of progressive and democratic movements in Pakistan. Its students and teachers played a central role in the rise of Bengali nationalism and the independence of Bangladesh.

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International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh(ICDDR,B) has been carrying out high-quality research and promoting the uptake of evidence-based interventions for more than 50 years. It hopes a world in which more people survive and enjoy healthy lives and aims to solve public health problems through innovative scientific research.

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The Rural Development Academy (RDA) is a specialized rural development institution located in Bogura District of Bangladesh.It was established in 1974 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Co-operatives (LGRDC), to carry out training and research activities for sustainable rural development.

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Grameen Communications is a leading IT solutions provider in Bangladesh, concentrating on software development & implementation, hardware support, and training. It has been providing 360 degrees IT solutions to more than 5000 branches of various Micro-Finance organizations including Grameen Bank, a Nobel peace prize winning micro-credit organization.

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Meet Our Team

Both Field Trip and non-Field Trip join together in weekly meetings for training and preparation from November 2018. We will continue to meet after our field trip to prepare for the reports, proposals and documentary film.

Dr.Song Chul Ro

Assoc. Teaching Professor, UM-SJTU Joint Institute

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Dominikus Brian

Mechanical Engineering

Domi is a vibrant young mind curiously investigating the realm of soft matter physics. He is a visionary in nature, who cherish thinking,reading, and listening--on a daily basis.

Melody Li


Melody dedicates her passion and intelligence to solve social and environmental problem with innovative technologies. That’s her way to cherish the diverse culture and nature of the planet.

Andy Hsiao

Electrical Engineering

Andy is an electrical computer engineering undergraduate student in UMJI and is expected to graduate in June 2019. He started an online education platform,, in 2016.

Li Pengcheng

Media and Communications

Claus is a fancier of documentary and short video, his major is journalism and communication. He hopes to record this wonderful world with his camera and express it by his powerful word.

Zhang Yushu

Creative and Cultural Industry

Yushu is a vigorous boy who love films and art. He hope to become a creator in culture and creative industry and he is constantly pursuing his dream.

Hu Jiayuan


Jiayuan is currently working on the growth and research of topological insulators, targeting superconductivity at room temperature. He loves sports, literature, and firmly believes in socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Cao Liyuan

Preventive Medicine

Liyaun cares much about public health. At present, she is an intern in the hospital and she hopes to apply what she has learned in the area of pulic health and social business.

Ashik Rahman

Mechanical Engineering

Ashik is an enthusiastic mechanical engineering, who works on self-repairable modular robots. He works hard to find a solution for self repairable space satellite.

Sohel Rana


Domi is a vibrant young mind curiously investigating the realm of soft matter physics. He is a visionary in nature, who cherish thinking,reading, and listening--on a daily basis.

An Shuoyu

History of Science and Technology

Shuoyu is a researcher full of rational and literary thinking in the direction of film, culture and measurement. She is also interested in linking discipline knowledge ability with innovation and entrepreneurship practice.

Yan Xirui

Information Engineering

Xirui is an explorer majoring in computer vision. She wants to devote herself to the wave of artificial intelligence and contribute to the intelligent development of the world.

Members who are not in the field trip while still have great contributions

Name Majors Name Majors
Fu Yulei PhD. Mechanical Engineering Tipu Sultan PhD. School of Media and Communications
Sharmin Farzana PhD. School of Media and Communications Clinton Elian Ganada Master's Biomedical Engineering
Zawar Khan Master's Biomedical Engineering Zhang Yuqian Master's Biomedical Engineering
Qiongyin Hu Master's UM-SJTU Joint institute Nipon Roy Master's UM-SJTU Joint Institute
Jack Li Master's Koguan Law School Delmwin Baeka Undergraduate UM-SJTU Joint Institute
Willy Huang Undergraduate UM-SJTU Joint Institute Cong Wenyan Undergraduate's Computer Science

Regular Meetings


Both Field Trip and non-Field Trip join together in weekly meetings for training and preparation from November 2018. We will continue to meet after our field trip to prepare for the reports, proposals and documentary film

Field Trip

Date Activities
2019.01.25-26 In Thailand:
Asian Institute of Technology
AIT Solution
Bangkoknoi Healthcare
2019.01.27-31 In Bangladesh:
University of Dhaka
Rural Development Academy
Grameen Shakti
Grameen Communications
Yunus Center