Sunday, 3 July, 2022

Russian House in Dhaka : A Gateway to Russian Education

It was the historic visit of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the USSR in early March 1972 that paved the way for Bangladeshi students to go in large numbers to the Soviet Union for higher studies including on full scholarships. Through bolstering the bilateral cooperation in education, the erstwhile USSR and then Russia have considerably assisted in nation building of nascent Bangladesh.

The graduates of various Soviet and Russian universities over the years have been holding important positions across many sectors in Bangladesh and contributing to national social and economic development. They serve as teachers, academics and intellectuals, as heads and CEOs of leading public and private organizations and institutions, as professionals of a high caliber, as entrepreneurs and leading business people, by working in the government and in non-governmental organizations, by enriching the literary and cultural world, through providing voluntary services for the marginalized. At present, there are more than 5,000 Bangladeshis with Russian degrees around the world.

The Russian Center for Science and Culture in Dhaka was established in Bangladesh in 1974. Since then, it has been actively engaged in providing all kinds of assistance to Bangladeshi students interested in higher education in Russia. Acting now under the name of the Russian House in Dhaka, it organizes educational, literary and cultural programs jointly with the Soviet Alumni Association, Bangladesh (SAAB), various universities and NGOs in Bangladesh. 

Daffodil International University, the biggest private university in Bangladesh, has been our major partner since 2010. It has established vibrant relations with 13 Russian universities: Rostov State University of Economics, RUDN University, Moscow State Linguistic University, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Ural Federal University, South Ural State University, Siberian Federal University, State Academic University for the Humanities, Vyatka State University, Voronezh State Technical University, Magnitogorsk State Technical University, and Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod. Through joint activities, they are running Faculty Exchange Programs, Students Exchange Programs, Intensive Training Programs, Online Russian Language Courses, Virtual Exchange Projects, and Webinars on different subjects.

There is also ever-expanding partnership between other universities from both sides. The famous Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia concluded a MoU with the University of Liberal Arts of Bangladesh to develop joint projects in natural, social and humanitarian sciences. The Institute of Modern Languages within Dhaka University, the oldest and largest public university of Bangladesh, and Tyumen State University are finalizing another mutual agreement aimed at establishing fruitful ties between the faculty and students. The Russian House in Dhaka is also striving to establish so called Russian corners in local universities with the aim to bring the Russian language and the Russian culture closer to Bangladeshi students.

Humanitarian ties, educational and cultural bonds have always been one of the pillars of Russia-Bangladesh friendly relations. We stay committed to promoting this important realm for the benefit and mutual affinity between our peoples.