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Towards vibrant Bangladesh: students community networking event

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Hague: ‘We care’ was the theme of a student community networking event organised by Embassy of Bangladesh, the Hague in association with the Brainchain. During the event a reception was accorded to all new students from Bangladesh to the Netherlands. Along with Embassy officials around hundred and twenty students, alumni, academics and young professionals attended the programme. Among the participants most of the students were newcomer who joined different Universities of the Netherlands in 2017.

The main objective of the seminar was to create a platform for new students for sharing ideas, thoughts and problems with the Embassy, alumni and other concern, getting suggestions from alumni and networking. All discussion was aimed at answering a key question as to how we all could be a part of a vibrant Bangladesh. Both Masters and Bachelor level students from Erasmus University-Rotterdam, Maastricht School of Management, Wageningen University, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool Rotterdam, HAN University of Applied Sciences, University of Twente, Technical University of Eindhoven, ISS, University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, Fontys University of Applied Sciences attended the seminar.

Welcoming the students Bangladesh Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal in his remarks highlighted Bangladesh’s development journey and urged students to do their part through sharing their experiences of ‘innovation’ and ‘creativity’. Drawing lessons from successes of the Netherlands, Ambassador Belal advised students and academics to provide ideas on how Bangladesh could also achieve similar success. Ambassador Belal hoped that through their motivated effort Bangladesh could also have a Shipbuilding Academy or Green Houses like they have in the Netherlands.

Ambassador Belal concluded his remarks through paying tribute to Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and invited all to attend a ceremony on next 25 November 2017 to celebrate inclusion of Bangabandhu’s historic 7th March speech as World’s Documentary Heritage by UNESCO.

In the seminar the students were given ideas, tips and tricks for academic success, guidance on cultural and social adaptation and adjustment with Dutch environment and health related general advice. A short documentary ‘the reds and greens in the land of orange’ was shown by the BrainChain. Alumni and Bangladeshi young professionals exchanged their experiences with the students which inspired them a lot. Students also requested for guidance on job opportunity, internship and career planning from the experts. Students also shared their learning experience and how they can implement that for improvement of Bangladesh.

Later, as recognition of their achievement and contribution to the community i) Professor Dr. Rezaul Kabir, Chair of Corporate Finance and Risk Management at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, University of Twente, ii) Mr. Moynul Hossain, Founder of CIM Solutions and iii) Mr. Junayed Sarker, Design Engineer, Fluor B.V received certificate of recognition from the Ambassador. In their brief speech they have also shared their experiences.

The Seminar was followed by dinner and a brief cultural program performed by Trimatrik (a Bangladeshi band). The programme was moderated by Mr. Kabir Siraj of Royal Dutch Shell and Ms. Syeda Hurmatul Quader Bashneen of 3D- Pharmxchange. Over all, the students expressed their happiness and gratitude for organizing such get together and stated that they felt as if they are in Bangladesh.

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