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  25 May 2022, 15:42
Update : 25 May 2022, 17:17

US resumes Fulbright, launches women entrepreneur programmes here

 

DHAKA, May 25, 2022 (BSS) - The US embassy here today resumed United States Fulbright programme after six years and launched Women Entrepreneurs with BRAC University (BRACU) to help Bangladeshi youth become skilled human resources.

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas formally resumed the Fulbright programs and jointly launched the "Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)" at a ceremony at BRAC university campus in the capital.

The AWE is a US Department of State global initiative to promote small and medium enterprise (SME) and foster local women entrepreneurs, especially from underprivileged backgrounds.

Besides, the Fulbright program is one of United States' flagship exchange programs that strengthens and expands people-to-people ties and educational linkages between the United States and Bangladesh.

"We hope that the minds and hearts of the Bangladeshi who are participated in this (Fulbright) program and then positively contributed to Bangladesh," the US ambassador said at the launching ceremony.

Haas said these programmes are hugely important as Bangladesh is uniquely positioned in Asia to transition both a middle-income country and from an agrarian to an urban industrial economy.

"This is more critical than ever for the young people of the country specially the women to have the skill to compete in the 21st century workforce," Hass said.

The envoy said the US embassy here would be working with inspiring women entrepreneurs those have disadvantage background to promoting their small and medium enterprises.

In reality, Hass said, different organizations, universities, students, academicians, businessmen and individuals here have been building depth of the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and the US.

He hoped that these programmes would further increase people to people ties between the two nations.

BRACU vice chancellor Professor Vincent Chang, board of trustees chairperson Tamara Hasan Abed, business school dean professor Sang H. Lee and US Fulbright specialist Dr Sharon Hart also spoke on the occasion, among others.  

With more than 4000 State Department Exchange program alumni, including 650 Bangladeshis who travelled to the United States under the Fulbright exchange programs and more than 250 Americans who have conducted research or taught in Bangladesh, US Embassy Dhaka continues to fulfill its commitments toward ensuring quality education in Bangladesh by offering academic and professional development opportunities for students, teachers, and scholars, said the US embassy here.

The Women Empowerment Center of BRAC University's Business School (BBS) is hosting Dr. Hart, the first Fulbright Specialist to help develop a curriculum for women entrepreneurship and leadership training on women economic empowerment issues.

This is the first time a Bangladeshi university will be conducting such program through which 50 women entrepreneurs will have access to mentorship opportunity with successful business owners as trainees to understand the practical challenges on the ground, BRAC university officials said.

This AWE project directly supports the US National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality.

 

 

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