US educational, cultural exchanges and economic engagements promoted
US Ambassador in Dhaka, Earl R Miller, visited Rajshahi to promote US educational and cultural exchanges, economic engagement, and law enforcement cooperation in the region.
He joined students at a screening of US-funded films designed to encourage tolerance, non-violence, and community engagement on his three-day visit which ended on Friday.
The US ambassador was welcomed by Rajshahi City Mayor, AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, upon arrival on Wednesday. He paid his respects to martyrs of our Liberation War, laying a wreath at the Rajshahi University Shaheed Minar.
Miller also inaugurated the new American Corner at Varendra University, reviewed US-supported cultural preservation work at the Varendra Research Museum, and presented certificates to students in the English Access Microscholarship Program.
He thanked Varendra University for hosting the American Corner in Rajshahi, one of four American Corners across Bangladesh that function as extensions of the American Center in Dhaka, said a press release of the US Embassy in Dhaka.
American Corner Rajshahi gets more than 1,000 visitors a month who come to learn about US culture, prepare to study in the United States, and participate in programs.
At the Corner, Ambassador Miller met US Department of State exchange program alumni who have participated in programs on journalism, English teaching, civil society, biological research, and more during their US visits.
At Radio Padma in Rajshahi, he discussed the US-funded “American English Radio Program” which reaches 1.3 million listeners each episode, met youth leaders working on a US-funded program to reduce violence among their peers; and met the two US exchange alumni who operate the station.
The ambassador also awarded certificates to students participating in the Department of State funded English Access Microscholarship Program, which provides two years of English study and leadership skills to Bangladeshi students, age 13-17.
Miller visited the Varendra Research Museum to see works funded by three grants totaling US $193,000, for architectural and exhibition restoration, and preservation, through the “US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.”
At Rajshahi University, he introduced “Projonmo Wave,” a short film series designed to encourage tolerance, non-violence, and community engagement among young people.
Separately, he met with some of the more than 4,500 current and former university students and police who have gained a common sense of community through a US-sponsored program operating since 2016.
The US envoy visited the Bangladesh Police Academy where he reviewed US-funded programs which have helped train 13,770 law enforcement professionals.
He also observed the first Bangladeshi trainer-led emergency first aid course using a new US curriculum.