Thursday 26 April 2018

The British Council has hosted the Bangladesh-UK Alumni Network (BUKAN) Night Chattogram on April 26, 2018 at The Peninsula, Chattogram. This was the first time that BUKAN Night has been organised in the port city of the country. More than 70 UK alumni from diverse sectors attended the programme among which majority were newly registered BUKAN members who participated for the first time in any BUKAN event.

Vice Chancellor of Chittagong University, Professor Dr Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury, David Maynard, Director English and Education, British Council, Jahir Uddin, Head, Chattogram Center, British Council and Towhidur Rahman, Head of Higher Education and Regional Manager, South Asia – CSFP British Council were also present in the event.

David welcomed the alumni and opened the event with a short message on British Council’s activities in Bangladesh. The participants were given a summary of BUKAN’s journey and way forward by Towhidur Rahman, Head of Higher Education and Regional Manager, South Asia – CSFP British Council. Interactive sessions were conducted to ensure smooth interaction between the UK Alumni present in the event.

Jahir Uddin, Head, Chattogram Center, British Council made the closing speech, thanking the alumni for their participation and their keen interest in contributing from their respective positions.

All the participants expressed their hope that in the upcoming days BUKAN will be able to create a positive impact in our country with the help of its diverse members.

There are around 20,000 Bangladeshi UK alumni living in the country and BUKAN has been working since 2012 with the aim of uniting them under one umbrella to give them the platform to leverage their skills and knowledge for creating a positive impact on the socio-economic conditions of Bangladesh. The British Council plans to arrange more events in the coming days for BUKAN members to engage with key social and economic issues.

Notes to Editor

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Arshia Aziz, Head of Marketing, Communications and Digital, British Council, Bangladesh


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