UH-Hilo, Bangladesh University enter academic, research partnerships

The University of Hawaii at Hilo and a maritime university in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh formalized a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on academic and research initiatives in maritime and marine affairs during an MOU recognition ceremony Jan. 26 on the UH-Hilo campus.

UH-Hilo interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai was joined by a visiting delegation from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, which included the vice chancellor, Rear Adm. A S M Abdul Baten, and the deputy secretary of education from the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Shahnaz Samad.

Under the agreement, the universities are exploring linkages in a wide range of areas, including maritime safety, security, and navigational technologies, as well as marine, maritime and environmental management to expand educational opportunities for their respective students.

During their visit, the delegation met with faculty from the Marine Science Department and College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management to discuss projects under the MOU framework.

The MOU is for five years and can be extended, subject to agreement by the parties.