US ambassador in Dhaka, Earl R Miller, on Saturday said that Bangladesh was among the top 25 countries sending students to the universities and colleges in the US for higher education.
While inaugurating South Asia Fall Tour 2019 University Fair organised by the US embassy at Radisson Blue Dhaka Water Garden Hotel, Miller said the number of Bangladeshi students was increasing gradually.
‘Currently, there are about 7,500 Bangladeshi students studying in the United States at undergraduate and graduate levels, a five per cent increase over the previous academic year,’ Miller said.
Bangladeshi students studying at the academic institutes in the US had a strong record, said Miller while terming them ‘absolute superstars.’
The US embassy had considered it top priority that an increasing number of Bangladeshi students were getting enrolled at the US educational institutions, he said.
‘To support that effort, Miller said, ‘We have seven Education USA advisers in three locations around the country. We look forward to adding an additional adviser in the near future. We also offer Education USA resources and remote advising services through our American Corners in Khulna, Sylhet, and Rajshahi,’ he said.
He also thanked the representatives of the US-based universities and colleges for travelling to Dhaka for participating in the daylong fair.
The United States, he said, is known internationally for its high-quality undergraduate and graduate educational programmes. ‘We have over 4,700 accredited colleges and universities offering quality educational opportunities that fit individual student’s educational aspiration and pocketbook.’
The fair offered a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programmes at 26 US colleges and universities.
The embassy’s Education USA Advising Centres also held an information session on the F1 student visa process, a discussion on higher education studies in the US, and a panel discussion featuring alumni of US universities.
The Bangladeshi students who attended the fair praised the embassy for organising it after four years.
‘I got a lot of important information by attending the fair,’ a student said.
Similar programmes will be organised in Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan as part of the South Asia Fall Tour 2019 University Fair programme, said the US embassy officials, adding that the US had a separate programme for India.
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