Students will take forward the relationship of Bangladesh and America in future, visiting US Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock said on Tuesday stressing on an educational exchange programme.
â€œAmerican students studying here and Bangladeshi students studying in the US are going to match the Bangladesh-US relationship for the next 50 years,â€ Stock said at a meet the press programme.
She said during their studies, students get the opportunity to learn about each otherâ€™s language, tradition, culture, institutions, religious beliefs and food habits, which she termed as â€˜important for working togetherâ€™.
â€œWe need to know each other at the people-to-people level,â€ she said.
Stock said they want to see more Bangladeshi students in American universities and more American students studying in Bangladesh.
â€œThere were 3,314 Bangladeshi students studying in US universities in 2012. We want to make it as high as we can,â€ she said.
â€œIt (studying) opens a world for students ... It builds relationship,â€ she said adding that this type of relationship stays â€˜lifelongâ€™.
She said there were 4,000 Americans and Bangladeshis working together after studying each otherâ€™s country.
The Assistant Secretary came to Bangladesh on Feb 9 as part of her visit to South Asian countries to engage with youths whom she called the â€˜next leadersâ€™ of Bangladesh and the US.
Stock, in her present capacity, promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional, youth and sports exchange programmes.
She said during her interactions she found Bangladeshi youths â€˜exciting and vibrantâ€™.