With a view to develop the Maritime sector, specifically to ensure maritime higher education and research in Bangladesh, Netherlands-based academic institution NUFFIC handed over a 1 million euro Academic Cooperation Grant to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University.
A programme was organised in this regard at the International Mother Language Institute in the capital on Monday. Education minister Dr Dipu Moni attended the programme as Chief Guest. Among others, deputy education minister Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, Netherlands Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Verweij and BSMRMU vice-chancellor Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal, attended the prohramme.
During her speech, the education minister emphasized on maritime research and higher education in the implementation of the Delta Plan-2100 made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In this regard, she hoped that, the Government of the Netherlands will continue its future cooperation with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University and will provide the same to others in the maritime sector.
The deputy education minister in his speech highlighted the possibility of blue economy in the overall development of the country and the role of Maritime University. The Ambassador of the Netherlands pledged to continue the support of the Netherlands Government in various areas of Bangladesh as well as in the maritime sector.
BSMRMU vice-chancellor Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal thanked the Government of the Netherlands and those involved with the grants project. At the event, the Dutch Project Director gave a brief presentation on the project as well.
Under the NUFFIC Orange Knowledge program, the Government of the Netherlands has approved grant of 1 million Euros to BSMR Maritime University, Bangladesh, for higher maritime education and research for the development of maritime and port sectors of Bangladesh.