5 August 1999

Fellowship Agreement between the Government of Bangladesh and the University of Heidelberg

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Professorial Fellowship established at the South Asia Institute

The Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh has established a Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Professorial Fellowship at the South East Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg. The fellowship is named after the founder of the state of Bangladesh and will enable highly qualified scholars from that country to come to Heidelberg and enhance the range of quality and research being done here on South Asian studies in general and Bangladesh in particular. At the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in the historical setting of the Old University, ambassador Kazi Anwarul Masud and University Rector Prof. Dr. Juergen Siebke underlined the major significance of the fellowship for both parties.

In the presence of the official delegation Rector Siebke emphasized the generosity of the Government of Bangladesh in making this endowment, expressing his conviction that it could safely be expected to "contribute to a better understanding of your country in Germany." Ambassador Kazi Anwarul Masud was equally confident that this would be the case. Though Germany was Bangladesh's second biggest export partner South Asia did not as yet arouse much interest among Germans, he said. But he felt sure that the new fellowship would be instrumental in bringing about more cooperation and exchange.

Full text of the agreement

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