A roundtable discussion was hosted by H.E. Dr. Lilly Nicholls, the High Commissioner for Canada in Bangladesh at the Official Residence of the High Commission of Canada, UN Road Baridhara on Thursday, September 8, 2022. The main topic of the discussion was specific interests for partnership opportunities (joint collaboration, research, faculty/student exchange, skills development, etc.) with Canadian Educational Institutions. Dr. Carmen Z Lamagna, the Vice Chancellor and Mr. Manzur H Khan, Director, Office of Student Affairs represented the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB). Vice Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Director, and other high officials from some other universities, like, University of Dhaka, North South University, Independent University, Daffodil University, and BRAC University were also present on the occasion along with Ms. Angela Dark, Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner and Mr. Quazi Gulam Farhad, Trade Commissioner of the High Commission of Canada in Bangladesh.
Most of the participants shared the best practices of their institutions and highlighted scopes of possible collaborations with Canadian Educational Institutions. It was an informal, but very effective 2 hour-long session where practical examples and ideas on research collaboration, exchange programs, skill development, and many other relevant issues were discussed. The session ended with a hope of stronger relationship among Bangladeshi and Canadian Education Institutions in future with the active support of Canadian High Commission in Bangladesh.