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Bangladesh: A Critical Retrospection of the Past and Forethought of the Future

An In-Person Conference, November 4-5, 2022
University of Texas at Austin

The AIBS hosts an open dialogue with its Bangladeshi partner universities in Dhaka

The American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) organized an open dialogue with its Bangladeshi partner universities to discuss how to strengthen a meaningful and sustainable relationship and further collaboration among Bangladeshi and U.S. academic institutions on Thursday July 21, 2022, at the EMK Center in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Senior representatives from 24 partner universities (both public and private) from all over Bangladesh joined this dialogue and shared their opinions and suggestions at the event.

What is AIBS?

The American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) is consortium of institutions of higher learning in the United States aimed at promoting scholarly understanding between Bangladesh and the United States. This is the only umbrella organization in the United States that brings together universities working on and about Bangladesh. Currently, 25 universities are members of the AIBS, including the University of Chicago, Cornell University, University of Texas at Austin, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and University of California-Berkeley. AIBS has also signed memorandums of understanding for cooperation with several Bangladeshi universities, including Dhaka University, Brac, IUB, Chittagong University, ULAB, and NSU. AIBS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). CAORC is a private not-for-profit federation of 22 independent overseas research centers that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies. CAORC fosters research projects across national boundaries, encourages collaborative research and programmatic and administrative coherence among member centers, and works to expand their resource base and service capacity. The governing body of the AIBS consists of a board of trustees and the executive committee (EC). Each member institution has a representative on the board of trustees. The executive committee consists of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and an at-large member.

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