Dr. AKM Matiul Alam leaded pre liberation student movement in Northern Jamalpur region in 1969 and played an important role including serving in Kolkata during liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. Following his graduation with a Masters degree in Statistics in 1978 he took a senior position with an NGO Village Education Resource Centre (VERC) to promote action research based sustainable community development ventures through use of local resources and education.
In 1981 he went to England with British Government’s Overseas Development Award to study Academic Writing, Radio Broadcasting, Television Production, Offset Printing, Graphics Design, Management of Educational Technology programs and Computer Uses in Education at Reading University, and South Thames College, London, England. Dr. Alam leaded BRAC’s basic education program and Director of it’sexternal (ACF) program. During his studies at Queen’s University, Canada Dr. Alam initiated a milestone project entitled, “Queen's - BRAC Educational Technology and Teacher Training Project” with CIDA (Global Affairs) funding in 1985. He completed his Ph.D. (Education - Simon Fraser) and obtained a Certificate in Teaching and Learning Strategies for Higher Education (Harvard University).
Dr. Alam received a number of awards including St. John Ambulance’s "Executive of the Year Award" and an honorary doctorate degree by Commonwealth Open University (COU), UK. Later he became editorial board member of a journal, "Review of Human Factor Studies" and joined COU as a Professor of Education in 1997. Over the period of last 25 he taught at various universities including the University of Northern British Columbia, Western Washington University, and the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Alam published on the topic of “Combating rural poverty”, and on the education systems of Brazil, Canada, Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore. Currently he is serving on the review/ editorial committees of several international journals including “Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education”, and “Journal of Management and Training for Industries (JMTI)”, He also serves on the scholarly paper award committees on Adult Literacy for various agencies including AERA (American Educational Research Association). He spoke on contemporary educational issues as keynote speakers in a variety of country contexts including in Bangladesh, Canada, China and India.
Currently Dr. Alam is serving as a member of the selection committee for the “One Thousand Scholarships Program” initiated by Digital Media Academy, California for training students in digital media and learning technologies. Dr. Alam is also serving as the President of World Education Canada and the Chairman of Governing Body of “Serve Human Foundation”. Dr. Alam’s interests include educational reform, technology integration, citizenship education, industry-university partnership building, human rights, policy studies, environment, e-Governance and nation building.