Foreign students’ enrollment in RU rises

The number of foreign students at Rajshahi

University (RU) has gradually been rising for the last couple of years by

dint of various positive reasons.

RU sources said enrollment of foreign students in both undergraduate and

postgraduate courses has also been increasing in the country's second-largest


A total of 14 foreign students got admitted in the university last year:

four are from Nepal, some from India, and one from the US.

After long 18 years, an American student got admitted to PhD programme in

the Department of Folklore this year. Demon Joseph Monticule, a teacher at

USA's University of New Mexico, enrolled in the varsity last June.

Earlier in the academic session 1999-2000, two American students got

admitted to undergraduate course of the department.

RU saw a record number of students from foreign countries in academic

session of 2016-17 in its different academic programmes, including

undergraduate, postgraduate and M.Phil. courses.

A total of 29 international students have been admitted under different

academic sessions. Of them, 11 are from Nepal, three from Somalia, one from

Jordan and nine others from various countries at the graduate level, which is

the highest in a single year in the 63 years of RU's history.

Earlier, seven foreign students took admission here during the academic

2015-16 session, all Nepalese.

Nepalese Gilani Ansari, a student of the applied physics and electronics

engineering department, mentioned the simple online admission process,

quality of education, improved accommodation facilities and friendly

atmosphere as the key reasons for the increasing number of international

students at the RU.

Another student, Nayeem Mollik of the applied physics and electrical

engineering department, said many foreign students prefer Bangladesh as an

education destination considering its affordability.

Some departments of RU conform to international standards. More foreign

students and researchers can be attracted if the university authorities

improve their infrastructure development and ensure a congenial atmosphere

here, he added.

RU Pro-Vice-chancellor Prof Ananda Kumar Saha said, Previously, the

admission process for the international students was lengthy and complex. But

we've made it simpler; that's why a good number of students are here.

The RU arranges some seats for foreign students and researchers in

undergraduate, M.Phil and PhD programmes. Of the seats, 10 are under the

Science faculty, five under the Business Studies faculty, five under the Law

faculty, and five seats for researchers under the Institute of Bangladesh

Studies (IBS) as well.

The Shaheed Mir Abdul Kayum International Dormitory has been constructed

for male students and the Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnessa International

Dormitory is for female students. Different kinds of foods are served to the

students as per their interest.

Prof Saha said, We have taken various steps with regard to their security

concerns as they are our guests. Besides, their ideas about Bangladesh are


He said for ensuring comfortable and secured accommodation for the

students, they have also renovated the international dormitory. The number of

students would increase next year, he hoped.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)