Architect of Diplomacy: A Conversation with the Ambassador of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Asad Alam Siam

The University of Debrecen and its Faculty of Engineering had the honor of hosting His Excellency Mr. Asad Alam Siam, the Ambassador of Bangladesh during his recent visit.


The University of Debrecen and its Faculty of Engineering had the honor of hosting His Excellency Mr. Asad Alam Siam, the Ambassador of Bangladesh during his recent visit. The Ambassador's visit aimed at fostering collaboration and partnership between the two nations' academic institutions, laying the groundwork for future academic endeavors. From exploring potential areas of cooperation to highlighting the university's appeal to Bangladeshi students, the visit underscored the importance of international partnerships in advancing education and research initiatives and our aim to be a hub for international exchange and innovation of the region.




What was the most significant takeaway from your visit, and what left the strongest impression on you?

Well, there were many notable aspects, from the state-of-the-art laboratories of the Faculty of Engineering to the University's iconic main building or the modern flight simulators at Pharmaflight, the Off-site Department of Aviation Engineering. However, what impressed me the most was the unwavering dedication of the faculty members and the considerable presence of international students within the University. This underscores the institution's ability to provide world-class education not only to Hungarian students but also to a broader international community.




In what areas do you envision the most significant potential for collaboration between the University and Bangladesh? Are there any untapped opportunities for cooperation that you foresee?

In fact, I'm here to facilitate the signing of an MOU between the Faculty of Engineering in Debrecen and Bangladesh's leading technological university. The draft has already been exchanged and agreed upon; now, it's merely a matter of navigating through the bureaucratic process, which may take some time. Thus, my visit here aims to expedite this process, believing it will soon come to fruition.

We anticipate opening up avenues for collaboration between the two academic institutions, with myriad synergies waiting to be explored. For instance, Debrecen's robust vehicular engineering faculty could assist our University in establishing its own department in this field. Moreover, there's mutual interest in addressing climate change, where our practical experiences could complement Debrecen's academic endeavors. These areas of compatibility offer promising prospects for collaboration.




What makes Debrecen attractive to Bangladeshi students, in your opinion?

Debrecen already boasts a considerable number of Bangladeshi students, with 123 currently enrolled. This existing community helps newcomers acclimate to the environment. Moreover, the University's reputation for delivering world-class education at competitive tuition rates, sometimes rivaling those of Bangladeshi universities, makes it particularly appealing.

How do Bangladeshi students experience in Debrecen contribute to the knowledge exchange between the two countries?

The true impact of Bangladeshi students studying in Debrecen is yet to be fully realized. They have only been attending for the past three to four years, but returning to Bangladesh they bring back not only academic expertise but also practical insights that can significantly contribute to our society and economy.




You graduated as an architect but pursued a career in diplomacy, which is an unconventional path. Are these two professions similar in a way?

While I didn't have the opportunity to practice architecture professionally, both professions demand a similar mindset. In diplomacy, one must embrace the diversity of perspectives, opinions, and approaches, fostering tolerance and flexibility—a skill cultivated through architectural training, where multiple solutions exist for any given project. This ability to compromise, accommodate differing viewpoints, and remain open-minded proves invaluable in both fields. You become flexible and inclusive.

Bangladeshi people are often characterized by their flexibility, politeness, and motivation. Despite its rich culture, Bangladesh remains relatively unknown to Hungarians. How would you encourage people, including students from Debrecen, to consider Bangladesh as a holiday or studying destination?

Bangladesh is a dynamic delta, crisscrossed by countless rivers—a land ripe for exploration and adventure. While visiting Bangladesh may require a degree of adventurous spirit, the rewards are unparalleled. The country has an intense effect on all the senses. Beyond its natural wonders, such as mangrove forests, sprawling tea gardens, and long beaches, Bangladesh's true allure lies in its people. Hospitality and inclusiveness are part of our culture, evident in the warmth and kindness extended to visitors.

To experience Bangladesh authentically, venture beyond the cities and immerse yourself in village life. Stay with Bangladeshi families, savor our flavorful cuisine, get a glimpse of our religions, listen to our stories, and engage with our rich traditions. Bangladesh offers a glimpse into everyday life and a culture that hasn't been overrun by mass tourism. Bangladesh promises exceptional value for money for those seeking an authentic and enriching travel experience!




Last update: 2024. 02. 28. 08:30