June 28, 2022
The US Embassy in Dhaka Wednesday announced the resumption of its Fulbright Program in Bangladesh after six years.

US Embassy announces resumption of Fulbright program in Bangladesh

After six years of suspension following the 2016 Holey Artisan Bakery attack, US Embassy is resuming the US Fulbright program in Bangladesh.

US Ambassador Peter Haas announced the resumption of the program after six years and jointly launched the “Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)”, a Department of State global initiative with Brac University to promote small and medium enterprise (SME) and foster local women entrepreneurs, in an event organized at Brac University on Wednesday.

In collaboration with BRAC University, the US Embassy in Dhaka plans to work with youth on promoting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and fostering local women entrepreneurs, especially from underprivileged backgrounds.

This is the first time a Bangladeshi university will be conducting such a program through which 50 women entrepreneurs will have access to mentorship opportunities with successful business owners as trainees to understand the practical challenges on the ground.

The AWE project directly supports the US National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality.

Ambassador Haas said there could not be a better time to announce the resumption of the US Fulbright program in Bangladesh.

The Women Empowerment Centre of Brac University’s Business School (BBS) is hosting Dr. Sharon Hart, the first Fulbright specialist to help develop a curriculum for women entrepreneurship and leadership training, design research questions on gender and women economic empowerment issues and build the capacity to conduct workshops for researchers and BBS faculty members.

Dr. Hart said that the Fulbright journey is not all about work, it is about learning about cultures and getting new perspectives.

Dr. Sang Hoon Lee, professor of Finance and Dean of Brac Business School, said the partnership will open opportunities for much sustainable entrepreneurship and many more opportunities will follow.

Tamara Hasan Abed said that Ambassador Hass with his abled team is aiming for an action-oriented deepening relationship with Bangladesh.

She said she hopes through this partnership female entrepreneurs will be able to make great strides.

Throughout its 75-year history, the Fulbright Program has awarded nearly 8,000 students and scholars from 160 nations around the world and the US.

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With more than 4,000 State Department Exchange Program alumni, including 650 Bangladeshis who traveled to the US under the Fulbright exchange programs and more than 250 Americans who have conducted research and/or taught in Bangladesh, the US Embassy in Dhaka continues to offer academic and professional development opportunities for students, teachers, and scholars.