Germany is eager to collaborate with Bangladesh to develop the country’s textiles and higher education sectors. A three-member German delegation expressed the interest in a conference on ‘German-Bangladesh Higher Education Network on Sustainable Textiles’, which was held at the office of Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) on 23 January, said a UGC press release.
The German team told that their government is interested in working with Bangladesh in areas of textiles and higher education to enhance the skill of local workforce through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ).
Christian von Mitzlaff, who coordinated the program, said Bangladesh needs high-quality skilled work force for its socio- economic development, where Germany is willing to cooperate, especially in textiles and higher education sectors. GIZ is also willing to train the faculty members of the textiles universities here to enhance the quality of teaching, learning and research at tertiary level.
They also emphasized on the need for establishing academic and research collaboration among the higher educational institutions of Bangladesh and Germany.
Abdul Mannan said UGC always welcomes assistance and cooperation from the donor countries for enhancement and internationalization of the country’s higher education. Teaching and learning system of textile education needs to be modernized to meet the country’s need for skilled manpower.
UGC members Professor Dr. Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah, Professor Dr. Dil Afroza Begum, Professor Dr. Md. Akhtar Hossain and Professor Dr. M. Shah Nowaz Ali, UGC secretary Dr. Md. Khaled, and Ministry of Education additional secretary Abdullah Al Hasan Chowdhury and deputy chief Rafique Ahmed Siddique were also present in the conference among others.