Professor Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 23, 1953. He annexed his MA degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Dhaka in 1975 and topped the list in his batch. He joined Dhaka University faculty in 1980 and earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Mysore, India in 1985. Dr. Arefin Siddique was taught and trained at the universities of Manila, Minnesota and Cornell at U.S.A. His areas of concentrations are interpersonal communication and instructional communication.
Before assuming the position of the Vice-Chancellor on January 17, 2009, Dr. Siddique was in the Dhaka University Senate and Syndicate for many years as an elected member of the teaching faculty. He was also President and General Secretary of the Dhaka University Teachers’ Association for several terms. Dr. Siddique has served on many national committees concerned with education, broadcasting and culture. He has been Chairman of the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (a national news agency of Bangladesh), Member of the Bangladesh Press Institute, Chairman of the Department Mass Communication & Journalism and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Dhaka. He served as a Visiting Fellow at the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, U.S.A. He has edited and coedited several books and has a good number of publications to his credit. Dr. Arefin Siddique is unique in his capabilities for insight, innovation, ingenuity, industry, inspiration and integration. He was awarded “Victory Day Award” in 2009 for his outstanding contribution in education.
Professor Arefin Siddique has been conferred the prestigious award “Commander of the Order of the Civil Merit” by the Spanish King Juan Carlos for his contribution to the enrichment of civil virtues in Bangladesh in 2011.
During the last eight years of his tenure in office, Prof. Arefin Siddique launched 20 new teaching departments/institutes and 16 research centers at the University of Dhaka in order to enable the students and faculty to venture into the twenty first century knowledge territories.
He has recently been awarded the ‘Atish Dipankar International Award’ by a National Organisation of Buddhists in Bangladesh known as Bangladesh Boudhha Krishti Prachar Sangha for his role in Academic Administration.
Professor Arefin Siddique participated in many national and international seminars and workshops dealing with education, communication and media issues. Dr. Siddique is involved with many socio-cultural organizations of diverse nature and regularly lectures on various aspects of national life. He relentlessly fights for democracy, rule of law, peoples’ right to information and education through his inspirational speeches and writings. He always upholds the spirit of equality, liberty, peace and fellow-feeling-principles which are essential in a democratic polity.