Photo shows (standing left to right): Dr. Fahmida Gulshan, Professor, Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering BUET; Dr. Ehtsham Ul Haq, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, UL; Professor Tofail Syed, Head of the Department of Physics, UL.  Sitting left to right Honourable Vice Chancellor, Professor Satya Prasad Majumder, BUET and Professor Nigel Healey, Vice President, Global and Community Engagement, UL.
Thursday, 4 April 2024

The University of Limerick (UL), Ireland and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh have signed a joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to start a Dual Master programme. Professor Nigel Healey, Vice President Global and Community Engagement and Professor Satya Prasad Majumdar, Vice Chancellor of BUET signed this document on 13 March 2024.

Several BUET graduates have pursued their higher studies and training at the University of Limerick since 1998. BUET has been an important partner of UL since 2017 in its International Credit Mobility (ICM) funded by the European Commission Erasmus+ Programme. The two Institutes have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2019.

“The signing of the MOA will take the relationship between our universities to the next level,” said Professor Healey. ‘It will create formal pathways for top students from BUET and Bangladesh to seamlessly enter advanced master’s programmes at the University of Limerick, a city which today hosts a range of leading high tech multinational corporations seeking to hire talented graduates”.

“BUET has a very strict admission policy to admit the very top talents that Bangladesh produces each year” said Professor Majumdar, a renowned expert and leading academic in Bangladesh in the field of fibre-optic communication.

“These high achieving-talents need formal conduits of higher education for advanced training in the latest technologies in global high-tech industry so that they are ready to contribute to Bangladesh’s economy immediately cutting out the uncertainty in the admission process for postgraduate studies in advanced economies”  said Professor Majumdar.

“UL, with its industry network located in Ireland, offers top-ranked graduate training and skill development through its world-class educational facility, and world leading research in advanced technology. It is rightly placed to offer training and education to Bangladesh top talents to bring them up to speed in advanced technology leading towards the next industrial revolution”, he further added.

Both Bangladesh and Ireland have seen positive economic growth and technological developments in the last two decades.  The relationship between these two countries have spurred following a St. Patrick’s Day visit of Bangladesh this year by Minister Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment of the Republic of Ireland.

“I am delighted at the establishment of this University to University (U2U) partnership between UL and BUET that is timely, mutually beneficial and synergistic with the efforts taken by both governments” expressed Professor Healey. “I am confident that the agreement will be followed in coming months by a number of new joint UL-BUET programmes that will take this historic relationship from strength to strength”, he further added.

Further contact: UL press office and BUET press office

Academic Contact: Professor Fahmida Gulshan (BUET), Professor Tofail Syed (UL)