Dr. Matiul Alam, a former professor of education is currently associated with the University of British Columbia as the Honorary Research Scholar. He led the pre-liberation student movement in Northern Jamalpur region in 1969 and played an important role including serving in Kolkata during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. After completion of his M.Sc.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 the 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 led BRAC’s basic education program and was the Director of its external 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 from Commonwealth Open University (COU), UK. Later he became an 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 the last 30 years, he taught at various universities including the University of Northern British Columbia, Western Washington University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Alam published on the topic of “Combating rural poverty”, “Economic Literacy”, “Women and Society”, “Women in Development”, 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 Practices 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 a keynote speaker 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 Advisor of “Serve Human Foundation”. Dr. Alam’s interests include educational reform, technology integration, citizenship education, industry-university partnership building, human rights, policy studies, environment, social business, technology integration, education for the poor and disadvantaged, e-Governance, and nation-building.