Ukhengching Marma: From Chittagong Hill Tracts to MIT

‘Hundreds of sleepless nights, applications, rejections and then this happened!’ Ukhengching Marma says in her social media post

Hailing from the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Rani Ukhengching Marma has reportedly become the first person from an ethnic group in Bangladesh to have enrolled in a master's program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, US.

“What a journey it has been from ‘CHT to MIT’,” she wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.

“Hundreds of sleepless nights, applications, rejections and then this happened! You can never imagine what you are capable of unless you try!”

Ukhengching Marma also expressed her gratitude to her parents, family members and well-wishers for their support.

She is also seen with MIT President Leo Rafael Reif in the photo attached to the social media post.

“As a graduate student you will be overwhelmed sometimes, you will laugh, cry but never push your limits,” she quoted the MIT president as saying.

Ukhengching Marma, the eighth ceremonial indigenous queen of the Mong Circle, got her bachelor’s degree in public health from Asian University for Women.

She was also one of the 250 students from 60 countries in the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (2016-2017) sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs under the US Department of State.