Nearly 3,000 students from 35 countries are studying in different government and private universities of Bangladesh. The 12th International Student Summit, held at Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury auditorium, University of Dhaka, on 21 March Thursday, organized by Runner Bangladesh Development Society (RBDS) and the Federation of International Student Associations (UDEF) gathered a large amount of International and domestic students studying in Bangladesh.
The principal of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Prof Dr. Khan Abul Kalam Azad has presented his speech as the keynote speaker of the Summit. Director General of the UN wing of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nahida Sobhan; Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Railway; Atiqur Rahman, Deputy Head of Mission of Turkey appointed in Bangladesh; Enis Faruk Erdem, Vice President, Asalan Bakiroglu and Asia Co-ordinator Mohammad Salah Uddin of UDEF and Executive Director Shafiqul Hasan and Director Ashrafi Hassan of Runner Bangladesh Development Society was among others present. Head of Higher Education of British Council Mohammad Touhidur Rahman, Executive Director of Bangladesh Initiative for Policy and Development (BIPD) Abdullah Jubair, Partnership Specialist Zinath Sultana and other speakers conducted various sessions of the day-long organised event.
In this event, improved Quality of education system in Bangladesh, as well as higher education facilities for international students, are highlighted. All speakers shared their prospects that Bangladesh is going ahead as a potential country for foreign students. Besides, there was a cultural exchange among the International and local students coming to the summit.
It is to be noted that Bangladesh has been keeping pace with other countries in the world to provide higher education for international students, and universities are able to offer quality education and low-cost study opportunities for enrolled students. As a result, many foreign students are now coming to the universities of Bangladesh. According to the University Grants Commission's Annual Report of 2017, the number of international students studying in government and private universities of Bangladesh is estimated to be around 2,438. The event gained significant coverage in the press.