Some 7,143 Bangladeshi students were studying in the United States at the graduate-level last year making Bangladesh ninth among top-25 student sending countries, US ambassador Mercia Bernicat said at a function in Dhaka on Thursday.
The number of Bangladeshi students studying in the US increased by 53.5 per cent over the past five years, with 9.7 per cent increase in 2017 compared to the previous year while international average increase was 3.4 per cent last year, according to the 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange of the US.
This was said at the pre-departure orientation of the students where ambassador Bernicat and other EducationUSA officials spoke.
About 75 Bangladeshi students, who were set to leave home for studying in the US this year, participated in the function.
Bernicat advised the Bangladeshi students to take new challenges and think critically for solving problems instead of keeping themselves confined in only learning by memorising things for achieving grades only.
She also suggested them to play role of Bangladeshi cultural ambassadors in every aspects of their stay on the campus and with the US nationals.
‘You’ll represent Bangladesh in every single moment of your stay,’ she said.
The US colleges and universities hosted more than one million international students for the past two years reaching a record high of 1.08 million this school year, according to EducationUSA.
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