On September 14, 2021, two teams from of the Embassy of Nepal and the High Commission of Maldives to Bangladesh headed by His Excellency Dr. Banshidhar Mishra, Ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh and Her Excellency Shiruzimath Sameer, the High Commissioner of Republic of Maldives to Bangladesh visited University of Asia Pacific (UAP) on invitation from the Office of International Affairs (OIA), UAP.
At the outset of their visit, a meeting was arranged to discuss the mutual interests, especially with regard to the possibilities of exchange of students between UAP and the universities of Nepal and Maldives. The need for undertaking collaborative research projects, faculty exchange, joint academic programs and events was also discussed in the meeting.
Prof. Dr. Md. Sultan Mahmud, Acting Vice Chancellor, UAP delivered the welcome speech at the meeting wherein he expressed his gratitude to the delegates and stressed on the consequent outstanding achievements of UAP. The meeting was also addressed by Mr. K. M. Mojibul Hoque, Honorable Member, Board of Trustees, UAP in which he deliberated on the establishment and ensuing growth of the university. In his speech, he spoke briefly on the possibilities of establishing connections between UAP and the universities of friendly countries like Nepal and Maldives. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mizanur Rahaman, Dean, School of Engineering, UAP delivered the vote of thanks and pointed out the areas of expertise available at UAP. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Shariful Islam, Member, Senior Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, UAP delivered the closing remarks summarizing the grounds for the initiation of the whole event.
During the meeting, a brief overview of UAP was presented by Ms. Ismat Zarin, Director, Office of International Affairs (OIA), and Assistant Professor, Department of English, UAP. In her presentation, she focused on the world class facilities, veteran faculty members and quality education delivered by UAP while reviewing the possible areas of interest and collaboration between the university and the universities of Nepal and of Maldives.
In his speech, His Excellency Dr. Banshidhar Mishra, Ambassador of Nepal to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh mentioned that he was sincerely delighted to see the world-class infrastructure and conveniences available at UAP and hoped that UAP would provide the best quality of education among all the universities in South Asia. He said, “In future we hope to do various collaborations with this university to achieve quality education as we are very similar countries with respect to our territory, culture, and history. So, we will work together to ensure quality education, and exchange of technological achievements.”
Her Excellency Shiruzimath Sameer, the High Commissioner of Republic of Maldives to Bangladesh said, “UAP is always very special to us. We are working with a few of the universities in Bangladesh and I hope UAP would be one of them. We will extend our support to work together in future to establish academic collaborations with this university.” She also expressed her gratefulness to UAP for initiating the visit and mentioned that she was absolutely delighted to witness the facilities available at UAP.
The meeting was also graced with the presence of Prof. Dr. Abu Sayeed M. Ahmed, Dean, School of Environmental Sciences and Design; Prof. Dr. Mohammad Shahriar, Head, Dept. of Pharmacy; Prof. Dr. Chowdhury Ishrak Ahmed Siddiky, Head, Dept. of Law and Human Rights; Dr. Md. Nawrose Fatemi, Head, Department of Architecture; Dr. Md. Ashraful Alam, Head, Dept of Civil Engineering, Dr. Mahbubul Haque, Head, Dept. of Business Administration, Head, Dr. Md. Rajibul Islam, Head, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Dr. Tasnia Hossain, Head, Electrical and Electronic Engineering; and Dr. Mehnaz Tazeen Chowdhury, Head, Dept. of English. At the end of the program, two crests and some other souvenirs were presented to the Honorable Ambassador and delegates from the Nepal Embassy, and the High Commissioner and the first secretary of the High Commission of Maldives in Bangladesh as token of appreciation.
Later, the team of delegates visited at the departments and observed classrooms, laboratories, the central library, and the auditorium of UAP while honorable Deans and Chairpersons of the all the Departments and respective representatives briefed the delegates about the resources, services and technology available at the university. The visit was followed by lunch at Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka.
The program was organized and collaborated by the Office of International Affairs (OIA), UAP.