British Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field has been arrived in Dhaka on Friday (evening) on a two-day visit to discuss how the UK can support and develop the higher education sector in Bangladesh.
Field will be the first UK government minister to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina since the country"s national election last December, reports UNB.
He will discuss how the UK can continue to support Bangladesh as it establishes itself as a Middle Income Country and will also raise with her governance issues and media freedom.
Discussions with a number of UK universities and local institutions are already taking place and the Minister will discuss how the process can be streamlined to ensure UK degree programmes can be run in Bangladesh through branch campuses, with the approval of the University Grants Commission and the Bangladesh Ministry of Education, according to British High Commission in Dhaka.
Minister Field said Bangladesh is changing rapidly, as demonstrated by its transition to Middle Income Country (MIC) status.
“Ensuring that economic success story continues means investing in its workforce and improving access to high-quality tertiary education. This is an area where our two countries can clearly work together for mutual benefit,” he said in a statement.
During his visit, the Minister will also meet with the Bangladesh Cricket Team, ahead of England hosting the Cricket World Cup.