Moriarty reiterates concern over Yunus’ removal

The following report appear in the Financial Express. The report focuses on a recent conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which Scott King attended. King is the assistant dean of International Programs for the International Student & Scholar Services.

There are currently seven students from Bangladesh studying at The University of Iowa.

The US Ambassador James F Moriarty Thursday restated that the US government was concerned over the removal of Prof Yunus from Grameen Bank (GB).

“We have expressed our concern, and people are deeply troubled due to the removal of Prof Muhammad Yunus as the managing director of Grameen Bank. We (the US) don’t have any role to play here.”

“We do just share our concern, as we think this issue needs to be resolved as early as possible,” he said.

He was speaking at the meet the press programme before inaugurating the two-day-long ‘Education USA Fair 2011′ at BRAC Centre Inn at Mohakhali in the capital.

Nine leading universities of the US are taking part in the education fair.

“I do want to point out that Nobel Laureate Prof Yunus is widely respected and an important person throughout the world. He also has good relations with the high-ups of the US government. However, his removal is a matter of the people of Bangladesh, Grameen Bank and its employees,” he said.

About the education facilities in the US, Moriarty said Bangladeshi students can consider studying in the American universities, as those educational institutions are among the best in the world. The number of Bangladeshi students in the US has doubled during the last five years.

“The United States of America (USA) always welcomes talented Bangladeshi students. If a well-intentioned student, accepted by an American university, properly follows the visa application process on our website, then the US Embassy will do everything possible for him or her to get visa,” Moriarty said.

“We have to get clearance from Washington regarding the finalisation of visa. We push the State Department for approval of the students’ visa.”

The Ambassador said most Bangladeshi students are studying in different US universities with scholarships. The US public and private sector universities provide more scholarship money to the international students than any other country in the world. In 2010, a number of scholarships worth US$ 9.0 million were awarded to the Bangladeshi students.

“According to the ranking of 2010, 17 of the top global universities are in the United Sates. About 7.0 million international students are now studying there. Of them, only 2,600 are Bangladeshis, which is very low compared to other countries like Nepal and India,” he said.

Among others, Director of American Centre, Dhaka Lauren H Lovelace, Assistant Dean of International Programme of University of Iowa Scott King, Cultural Affairs Officer for Education and Exchanges of the US Embassy Ryan G Bradeen and Director of Office of International Education of Agnes Scott College Jennifer Lund were present on the occasion.

Keywords: