Bangladeshi students number in US reaches all time high


DHAKA, Nov 16, 2020 (BSS) – Over 8,800 Bangladeshi students studied in the United States (US) in 2019-2020 academic year marking an all-time high record for Bangladesh with a 7.1 percent increase comparing to last year while it is more than tripling since 2009.

The new record made Bangladesh as the 17th country worldwide sending students to the US higher education, according to the 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the US Embassy here said today issuing a press release.

The US embassy here announced it in celebration of International Education Week (IEW) from November 16 to 20, a joint initiative of US Department of State and US Department of Education initiative.

Promoting educational exchanges between Bangladesh and the United States is a strategic priority for U.S. Embassy Dhaka, said the release.

“International education exchanges benefit both for our nations and peoples, boosting intellectual and cross-cultural capital as well as business and professional networks, and helping prepare students to enter the global job markets and solve the world’s toughest challenges,” it said.

Mentioning that Bangladesh is among the fastest growing countries of origin for international students in the US, the report said Bangladesh had the highest percentage growth among the top 20 countries, and the highest increase in the South Asian region.

The 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released today by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the non-profit Institute of International Education (IIE), reveals the United States remained the top destination for international students.

For the fifth consecutive year, the United States hosted more than one million international students (1,075,496) during the 2019/2020 academic year.

The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, through EducationUSA Bangladesh, is celebrating International Education Week (IEW) by offering a number of virtual programs for Bangladeshi students and scholars to join.

Over the next 5 days, the Embassy’s EdUSA advising centers in Bangladesh will host 10 webinars on various topics related to studying in the United States.