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Bangladesh Government endows Bangabandhu Chair Professorship at AIT

The Government of Bangladesh has gifted an endowment for establishing the Bangabandhu Chair Professorship at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

Bangladesh Government endows Bangabandhu Chair Professorship at AIT

H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali

The Bangabandhu Chair Professor will work on energy sector development of Bangladesh, with a focus on “ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy,” a key Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).  The Bangabandhu Chair Professor will be appointed for a fixed term of four years.

The Chair Professorship is named “Bangabandhu,” meaning Friend of Bengal — a sobriquet used to address Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first President of Bangladesh, who led Bangladesh to its indpendence in 1971.

The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in his message notes that the Chair Professor Fellowship is aimed towards advancement of sustainable development aspirations of the people of Bangladesh. “It is this spirit that Bangladesh would be fostering advanced research on applied technologies and innovation on sustainable, affordable and clean energy under the Bangabandhu Chair at AIT,” the Minister said. "Given our long-standing partnership with AIT, we await recruitment of an eminent academician and expert in the field to honour the seat of the distinguished Bangabandhu Chair at AIT," he added.

The creation of the endowment is a result of the initiative of H.E. Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Thailand, and member of AIT Board of Trustees.

Thanking the Government of Bangladesh for this endowment, the AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai remarked that “AIT is working with many international organizations towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the creation of the Bangabandhu Chair at AIT is yet another step in this direction”.

The endowment, worth more than Baht 23.7 million shall support the Chair Professorship for a period of four years. The endowment also has a researcher component, who will be working on his/her doctoral studies as the "Bangabandhu Chair Fellow" at AIT.

This is the second Chair Professorship at AIT. Earlier the Thai Network Information Center Foundation had helped in creating a Chair Professor position at AIT in Internet Technology.

More details about the qualifications, expected responsibilities, and deadline for applications of the Bangabandhu Chair Professorship are available at this link:


Scanned Copy of the Message by H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali.