SERDANG, Nov 19th – Bangladeshi Students Association of University Putra Malaysia (UPM) with the collaboration of International Division UPM has successfully launched a Souvenir Book, “Bangladeshi Scholars in University Putra Malaysia” in a ceremony held here recently.
The keepsake enclosed 51 profiles of the Bangladeshi scholars who are currently studying as well as those who have graduated responding to the purpose of maintaining network and interaction in the future.
“At the moment 25 Bangladeshi students are pursuing their studies in UPM and 108 post graduate students have successfully completed their courses since 1990,” commented Mr. A.S.M Waisuzzaman, Counselor (Politics) from the office of High Commission of Bangladesh to Malaysia during the interview.
Publication of the book has been actualized upon the assistance of the Bangladesh High Commission and was worked on for several years.
The official launch of the Bangladeshi Students Association website at www.bsaupm.com was also held during the ceremony to facilitate students from the country.
Also presented at the ceremony held at Sultan Alaeddin Suleiman Shah (KOSASS) residential college UPM was Vice Chancellor UPM, Prof. Datuk Dr. Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah and Counselor (Politics) from the office of High Commission of Bangladesh to Malaysia, Mr. A.S.M Waisuzzaman.
Mr. A.S.M Waisuzzaman said that students in the country are more interested to pursue their tertiary education in Malaysia mainly because of the affordable tuition fees as opposed to other countries such as the United States and Australia.
According to him, there are 5000 Bangladeshi students in this country including Sarawak and Sabah and the number is steadily increasing.
“In Bangladesh alone, we have 2 million students who have completed their education at the secondary level and have shown keen interest to continue their studies in Malaysia,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nik Mustapha mentioned that the launching of the souvenir book as well as the website will provide opportunity for the Bangladeshi students to expand their knowledge and to maintain contacts should there be changes of residential address among the students either from the sub-community or the community from UPM itself.
He also stressed that the launching will double as a directory which is capable to persuade new relations corresponding to the hindrance previously faced by the students in order to participate in the sub-community that might be in relevance of discussing their pursuits.
“It is with great hope that the members of Bangladeshi Students Association will assist not only their own comrades but other sub-community members as well,” he said.
He also wished that the association, sub-community and the UPM’s management will not put a halt to their effort of knowledge sharing through the information obtained from the souvenir book as well as content of the website.
“The outcome of the research done by the Bangladeshi scholars will also improve the research discoveries of UPM in aid of their quest to become the best research university in the region,” he concluded.
Prepared by Media Section, Corporate Communication Division, UPM.