The winners of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2022-23 in Bangladesh were announced at a ceremony hosted by the British Council Bangladesh. The event occurred at their office premises in Fuller Road, Dhaka, on March 13, 2023.
Alum members of UK universities from Bangladesh were recognised for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders and for their contribution to strengthening ties between the UK and Bangladesh. Senior representatives from the government and UK alums attended the ceremony.
The Award judging panel selected recipients based on the four categories: Science and Sustainability Award, Culture and Creativity Award, Social Action Award, and Business and Innovation Award. Now in its ninth year, the award has received impressive numbers of applications from international UK alums from nearly 100 countries, representing more than 120 UK higher education institutions.
Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner, Bangladesh, said, “I am delighted to be a part of this year’s Study UK Alumni Award ceremony. We are immensely proud of our alums, who have built on their education to become leaders in different fields and champions of social change, enriching the lives of those around them. The UK and Bangladesh share a strong and modern partnership. We consider British university alums to be ambassadors for both countries and are a testament to our strong people-to-people links. My congratulations to all our finalists and winners.”
Tom Miscioscia, Country Director, British Council, Bangladesh, added, “These national Study UK Alumni Awards recognise the achievements of remarkable individuals who studied at UK universities and who - following that opportunity – have returned to Bangladesh to positively shape the country’s development across science, business, civil society, and the cultural sector. Congratulations to the four finalists on their selection, and many thanks to all the UK alumni who participated in these awards.”
Ariq Anam Khan, an alumnus of the University of Warwick, has received The Culture and Creativity award. He is also the co-founder and Executive Producer at Forecast Films.
The Social Action award was given to Kazi Hassan Robin, an alumnus of the University of East London. He is an academician, researcher, and author who has also been recognised with the Youth Excellence Award at the Youth Leadership Carnival-2019.
Md. Samiul Mahmud, an alumnus of the University of Birmingham, has received The Business and Innovation award. He has served as a Senior Consultant in public finance reform in Bangladesh by the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank.
The Science and Sustainability award was given to Dr Sakib Amin, an alumnus of two prestigious universities in the UK: the University of Essex and the University of Durham. He is an Associate Professor of Economics at North South University.