The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the North South University (NSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this morning in the Foreign Office. Foreign Secretary, Md. Shahidul Haque signed the agreement while Vice Chancellor, Professor Atique Islam signed from the North South University side.
The general objective of the MoU is to promote public good and national interests. The Ministry and the University has the potential to develop global citizenship, understanding of global issues and universal liberal values in an increasingly globalized world. It is recognized that the North South University is the first private University in Bangladesh and to date has one of the largest studentship among the private universities covering diverse disciplines that are of mutual interest.
As per the MoU, both parties will engage in cooperation in fields of wide common interest, expertise and shall engage in development of collaborative educational activities/ programs in mutually agreed areas on a not-for-profit basis. In that context, different activities will be undertaken to enhance the exchange, creation and promotion of knowledge and skills necessary for sustainable development and international politics, business and relations.
Both parties will collaborate in development of short and longer duration course, study/ exchange initiatives/ programmes involving inter alia academics, experts, practitioners, serving or retired diplomats, scholars from the Ministry and the University for research, training and capacity building purposes. The Foreign Service Academy (FSA) will be engaged in a befitting manner for execution of the programme mentioned in the MoU.
The Ministry would also engage Bangladesh Missions abroad to leverage the above-mentioned activities or in drawing up innovative initiatives that would contribute to long-term developmental or strategic interests of Bangladesh.
Foreign Secretary expressed hope that this MoU will help developing global citizenship and collaborate in the field of education and research, particularly in international politics, business and relations through exchanging and sharing knowledge. Vice Chancellor of NSU termed the signing of MoU as the glorious era of cooperation between the Public and the Private sector. NSU Chairman of Board of Trustee opined that affiliation with more foreign universities will be enhanced with the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the Signing ceremony, North South University Chairman of Board of Trustee Md. Shajahan, Pro-VC (designate) Professor Giasuddin Ahsan, Dean of School of Business and Economics Professor Dr. Mahboob Rahman, Director of External Affairs Dr. Katherine Li and Director General (West Europe and European Union) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mohammad Khorshed Alam Khastagir were present.