Blocking The Talent Wave Towards Abroad

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Hello, readers! I am Nishat. My graduation has been completed. I am in the half-way of completing my Masters degree and still I get confused thinking ‘’Is it worth doing it here, in Bangladesh? Maybe I can complete it here and apply for higher education abroad!’’....These aren’t thoughts of mine only, I think these are the thoughts of almost every graduate of Bangladesh.

Figure 1: Trend of increased number of Bangladeshi students going US and Canada (source: wenr.wes.org)


The latest UNESCO Institute for Statistics data shows that 60,390 Bangladeshis were pursuing higher education abroad in 2017[1] But why do we like this?

Okay! If you ask me the reason, I will simply say, "For better education and research facility". Yes, that’s the most dominating reason for this case! The other reasons include -

A different and fascinating culture for youth: A large population of Bangladesh is filled with negativity and old traditions that results in its cultural difference from the foreign countries. Young people prefer the foreign culture and want to live in that and studying abroad is a great way to settle there.

Higher living standard: We have to admit that in this developing country, we don’t have a better environment and modern facilities like the developed parts. Everybody wants to have a gorgeous lifestyle and parents also choose to see their children in a better life.

Lack of quality education: Our education system is more likely theory based and lacks exposing students to real life. We learn how to work efficiently under a boss but lack how we can be our own boss. As a result when we complete our education phase, we look for jobs in others’ companies. We seek government jobs to secure our future where the educated youths should create their own opportunity that will also create employment for the underprivileged.

Lack of adequate seats in universities: Now there are 95 private and 37 public universities in Bangladesh. But it is too inadequate. Students need to compete very hard for each of these seats. Again, the high expense of studying at a private university leads many of the students to think of getting admitted into a foreign university with a better quality of education.

Lack of research and job opportunities: In this covid-19 situation, we have realized again how much we are lagging behind in the research area. Our universities can provide us with the least exposure to research activity. Many students go abroad just for this one reason.Most of them get an offer there to work there and they never want to miss the opportunity, so no coming back! However, studentship is the easiest way to get citizenship in foreign countries. So, students also use it as an opportunity.

Can we do anything about it?

We do not have everything in our hand. For a overpopulated country, it is not possible to provide everyone with every facility. So, we have to admit our limitation and move forward with better strategies-

Firstly, we have to change our mindset from the very childhood that we need to live in the foreign countries for a better life or do a government job to stay in this country. This can be done easily through the influence makers of our society like Ayman Sadiq (founder of 10 minute school), Korvi Rakshand (founder of JAAGO Foundation) etc.[2] whom our young generation follows the most. If the youth can understand their own potential then they will not be lured by the foreign culture or high living standard there.

Figure 2: Korvi Rakshand, Founder of JAAGO Foundation (source: Daily-sun.com)


Secondly, work from home opportunity can be increased. People who don't wish to stay in foreign countries but do this only for higher income and recognition will be living in our countries while working with the global community. Thus, they can also have the chance to make a change in our society.


Figure 3: Remote working for foreign countries (source: Remote.co)


Thirdly, There are sectors where most of the employees (teachers mainly) can be on leave for years with their regular payment received. Getting this facility, most of them go abroad either for Phd or job and never come back. Strict ruling is necessary here because it hampers our students (deprived from their teaching) and at the same time it affects the employment opportunity for the eligible people living here.

Fourthly, returned people completing their education from foreign universities aren't evaluated in the job sector here like they should be.Thats why they go back. If we could make a change here it would be great.

Fifthly, though we can’t set up an environment for enough research work in the blink of an eye, we can do it little by little. Like developmental sectors, the government can borrow funds to build and enrich new laboratories. We see, our talents are going abroad and are being awarded for their innovation.[3]


Figure 4: Abu Ali Ibn Sina, a Bamglaeshi made a breakthrough in cancer testing (Source: Sabiha Sultana via Facebook)


They are able to do it as they get the perfect research facilities.Thought of returning to this country is terrible for them as they will not get these facilities in Bangladesh. So, if we could provide them those here, this scenario would be changed and we could retain those talents.

Lastly, I want to say that in spite of having too many limitations, if we love our country, learn how we can help our country to gain a better position in the world, and the government also pays attention to talents, we can block the wave of talents towards abroad.


Thanks everyone for reading my article patiently. I welcome any constructive criticism.


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References:

  1. Bangladeshi students heading for univs abroad on rise [WWW Document], n.d. . New Age Most Pop. Outspoken Engl. Dly. Bangladesh. URL https://www.newagebd.net/article/49482/bangladeshi-students-heading-for-univs-abroad-on-rise (accessed 8.23.20).
  2. Youths Who Have Made Bangladesh Proud [WWW Document], n.d. . Dly. Sun. URL https://www.daily-sun.com/magazine/details/197666/Youths-Who-Have-Made-Bangladesh-Proud (accessed 8.24.20).
  3. Bangladeshi scientist among researchers who make cancer test as simple as blood test - bdnews24.com [WWW Document], n.d. URL https://bdnews24.com/health/2018/12/09/bangladeshi-scientist-among-researchers-who-make-cancer-test-as-simple-as-blood-test (accessed 8.24.20).