Take advantage of best knowledge of Australia: PM to students
Published: 12:37 PM, 28 April 2018
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged Bangladeshi students, who are studying in Australia, to take advantage of the best knowledge that the country offers.
The prime minister said this while addressing the students of Western Sydney University (WSU) at its Parramatta South Campus in Australia.
Australia has been a favourite destination for higher studies for Bangladeshi students - mentioning that Sheikh Hasina said, about 200 students are studying at Western Sydney University.
She said, ‘As Bangladesh is going to the next stage of development through graduation from LDC; we need greater human capacity, where Australia can contribute by providing training of trainers type programme and vocational education.’
Vice-Chancellor and President of the university Professor Barney Glover, faculty members and a large number of students were present
Sheikh Hasina said the Western Sydney University`s present collaboration is helping strengthening capacity of Bangladesh`s judiciary management and providing the training program for Department of Oceanography of Dhaka University (DU) and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University.
The prime minister said Bangladesh is planning to develop inclusive and people-centric blue economy enhancing capacity building with innovative financing, ensuring transfer of critical technology, and strengthening cross-sectoral partnerships and collaboration with Australia.
She sought technical assistance for the development of marine aquaculture and exchange of teachers on Oceanography.
Sheikh Hasina said it was a great pleasure for her to visit the Western Sydney University and she is deeply touched at the establishment of a Bust of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on its campus.
The bust is rightly located in front of the Institute of Ocean Governance (ICOG) to recognise Bangabandhu`s vision and pioneering role on maritime boundary demarcation through an act in the parliament in 1974, she said.
Recalling Australia`s support to Bangladesh`s liberation in 1971, the prime minister said Bangladesh has been enjoying warm relations with Australia since Australia`s recognition to independent Bangladesh on January 31, 1972.
"Very fundamental bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Australia originates from the fact that Australia was the first country from the developed world to recognise our independence," she said.
Sheikh Hasina offered homage to the former Australian Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam and other world leaders who stood by Bangladesh during its liberation war and the early years of nationhood.
Whitlam played a leading role in building a bi-partisan consensus about Bangladesh as the leader of the opposition in the Australian Federal Parliament in 1971, the prime minister recalled saying, "Whitlam also focused on the plight of our sufferings under the Pakistani regime and their collaborators during wartime."
Edward Whitlam had played an important role in lobbying with the international community for Bangladesh to be recognised by the Commonwealth and other countries, she said.
She also recalled with gratitude the Australian national William A S Ouderland`s contribution to the War of Liberation of Bangladesh for which he was conferred gallantry award `Bir Protik` and awarded with `Friends of Bangladesh War of Liberation War 1971`.
She thanked the Vice Chancellor and faculty members for organizing this program.
Later, the prime minister paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing floral wreaths at the statue of Bangabandhu on the campus.
Later, a delegation of RMIT University led by Professor Geoffrey Strokes, deputy pro vice-chancellor of the university, called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her hotel suite.
Prof. Geoffrey shared a study report on remittances flow in Bangladesh and way of better use of the remittances to improve economic, social and civic outcomes.
The report styled "Migrant Family Motivation Initiative" (MFMI) has been conducted in Khosha, Shibaloya, Balia Kandi and Phulpur upazilas of Bangladesh aimed at creating a platform for migrant workers and their families to facilitate the more informed use of remittance income and converting unemployed migrant family members, especially rural women into a productive human resources.
Prof. Supriya Singh, Prof. Shadat Khan and Prof. Graham Airey of RMIT University and Prof. Quamrul Alam of Central Queens University were among the delegation.
Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haq, PMO secretary Sajjadul Hasan, secretary of Women and Children Affairs Nasima Khanam and Bangladesh High Commissioner to Australia Mohammad Sufiur Rahman were present.
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