Friday, August 17, 2018 | ePaper

Public univs losing foreign students

  • Print
UNB, Dhaka :
Country's public universities are lagging far behind private universities in terms of attracting foreign students for lack of promotional activities and various facilities.
The overseas students are now choosing private universities over public ones as they offer many opportunities, including scholarship, for them.
There are 37 public and 95 private universities in the country where many foreign students are now studying.
A few years ago, a large number of foreign students used to get admitted to public universities than private ones to pursue their higher education, but the situation is quite different now.
According to the last annual report of the University Grants Commission (UGC), only 355 foreign students enrolled in 19 public
universities in 2016 while the number of overseas students getting admitted to private universities was 1,927.
The report said 359 foreign students got admitted to public universities in 2010 while 210 in 2011, 525 in 2012, 326 in 2013, 432 in 2014, 593 in 2015 and 355 in 2016.
As per the statistics, the number dropped by four times from the figure of 2010 in 2016. On the other hand, 1,548 foreign students enrolled in private universities in 2015 while the number increased by 379 to 1,927 in 2016.
UGC Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan attributed the decline in the number of foreign students in public universities to the lack of publicity and promotion. "Most public universities don't update their websites. They don't provide any information about foreign student admissions on their websites and don't take any step to promote their university internationally," he said.
But, private universities conduct strong campaigns, and offer scholarships and many facilities for attracting the foreign students, he said.
Mentioning that many countries are now focusing more on vocational and job-oriented education, the UGC chairman said this also discourages students of those countries to pursue higher education here.
In 2017-18 session, only two foreign students got admitted to Dhaka University, while a few years ago, a significant number used to enroll in the country's leading university.
According to sources at the university, 16 foreign students enrolled in the DU in 2016-17 academic session while four in 2015-16, eight in 2014-15 and 11 in 2013-14 academic calendar for higher study.
Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman said, "We've some limitations that don't encourage foreigners to enroll here. We can't provide scholarship for them like other countries or universities."

More News For this Category

Due to severe traffic jam in highways, home-bound people are anxiously waiting for buses to go to their respective destinations to share Eid-ul-Azha festival with their relatives. This picture was taken from city's Gabtali Bus Terminal on Friday.

Due to severe traffic jam in highways, home-bound people are anxiously waiting for buses to go to their respective destinations to share Eid-ul-Azha festival with their relatives. This picture was taken from city's Gabtali Bus Terminal on Friday.

.

PMO issues directives to ensure road safety

BSS, Dhaka :The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has issued a set of directives asking the authorities concerned to take up different measures including keeping doors of the running buses

Imran Khan elected Pak PM

Imran Khan elected Pak PM

Dawn.com :PTI Chief Imran Khan has been elected the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan.Khan won with 176 seats while his opponent, PML-N's Shahbaz Sharif, secured 96 votes in the

Murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear

AFP :A spate of bloody killings is fuelling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatised refugees

Four of a family die in Jeddah road accident

Four of a family die in Jeddah road accident

bdnews24.com :At least four members of a Bangladeshi family died and two were injured in a road accident in Jeddah on Thursday.The car carrying the family met an accident

Fakhrul hits back at PM for her Khaleda remark

UNB, Dhaka :BNP on Friday termed 'absurd and imprudent' Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's comment involving its chairperson Khaleda Zia in the August-15 carnage conspiracy."Our self-declared Prime Minister used to

2 sisters sexually assaulted in Banani

UNB, Dhaka :A pair of sisters were sexually assaulted in a slum in the city's Banani area.The two girls-one aged around 4 years and the other 9 years-were taken

Traffic gridlock on Dhaka-M'singh highways

UNB, Gazipur :Vehicles were seen moving slowly on Dhaka-Mymensingh and Dhaka-Tangail highways on Friday following rush of home-bound people ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, creating suffering to people.Highway police said that

Spices market stable, plenty supply of vegetables

Noman Mosharef :The price of spices is comparatively reasonable although the holy of Eid-ul-Azha is just four days away. The businessmen have assured of no price hike before Eid.Two

RMG workers block Dhaka-M'singh highway for salary, bonus

UNB, Gazipur :Workers of a garment factory blocked Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Hotapara area on Friday morning demanding arrears and Eid bonus.The workers of Elegant Garments Factory blocked the highway