Brief about Bangladesh: Bangladesh is a small independent country in South Asia with her border with India from three sides and the Bay of Bengal from one side. The country has a very big population of more than 140 millions. Bangladesh is highly crowded specially in the urban areas. There are lots of schools, colleges and universities. But for higher education, the number of universities cannot provide sufficient spaces for available students. There are both public and private universities. Surprisingly, for public universities hundreds of qualified students compete for single seat for admission. That means ninety nine students out of one hundred cannot get available space for admission. Naturally, they rush to private universities. The same thing happens at private institutions. Only difference is that there is less competition than that of public institutions. As a result, a huge number of students remain deprived of higher education. Sometimes, they wait for the following year. But the problem multiplies in the next year. Of course, many students try for moving to other countries for pursuing higher education. The countries they normally proceed are Britain, South Africa, United States, Russia, Malaysia and India. But it is not an easy way to solve the problem. Because, US and UK universities follow very strict rules for admissions and their embassies also do the same for necessary visas. So, a very large number of qualified and solvent students both male and female are obliged to wait for a dark future not for their personal or family inabilities but for the National incapacity.
Another vital reason for trying to move to foreign country is that there are job crisis, session jam and constant political unrest in Bangladesh. So, the brighter students want to shape their future in a safe country.
Reasons of choosing Peru for higher education: Truly speaking, Latin America is more or less an unexplored continent for Bangladeshi students because, the continent is very far from them. One needs to cross two oceans and the African continent to reach Latin America. Further more, there is seldom an Latin American embassy in Bangladesh. Most interestingly, the attraction of Latin American grandeur in only television based for Bangladesh people. But now a days, it is not an unknown fact that Peruvian education as well as economy is raising higher and higher. In fact, Peruvian per capita is constantly on the raise. Peruvian infrastructure is very wonderful in the region. The country is geographically reachable very easily. She has a nice weather. Furthermore, Peru offers flexible opportunities for business and trade. Foreigners can be legally settled in this country. The country is well connected by all major airlines. The fame of Peruvian education has extended worldwide. Peru has a very low crime rate. Peru does not have a history of terrorism. People are amiable and helpful to foreigners. National strategy has made the country a secured and peaceful Nation.
Bangladeshi students: an overview: Bangladeshi students are labourius beacuse, the educational system has made them so. Unlike other devloped countries Bangladesh students have to study at their home after school hours .They have to prepare their huge home works at their houses. Sometimes they have to work whole night. Because there does not exist any all-in-class system. This system has made them industrious. Another factor that has made them hand workers is that they have to compete for admission test lest they should be deprived of higher education. In Bangladesh the languages of instruction are Bangla and English.
The students of Bangladesh have proved their worth globally in all sectores. They are flexible, sincere, modest, sensitive and patriotic. They love sports and games. They are crazy for their own culture. About all, they have big potentials.
Barriers to study in Peru: The most critical factor that blocks the possiblity of pursuing higher study in Peru for Bangladeshi students is the unavailability of any Peruvian High Commission or Embassy or Consulate in Bangladesh. The Embassy of Peru is located in New Delhi, the capital of India. Actually New Delhi is far away from Bangladesh. Only to meet the consulate, the students have to undergo another critical process namely Indian visa obtainance. A young student naturally becomes disappointed in an interview at Peruvian Consulate located at a far away country.
Another problem is that for admission process the students are required to legalize their academic documents from foreign ministry from their country of origin as well as from Peruvian consulate. So, for legalization purpose they have to travel to India. Really this is a critical process. They can neither travel to India twice nor can wait more than one month in India. New Delhi is fairly expensive where a student has to spend money three times more than admission and visa cost.
The third problem is that in Peru there does not exist any interpretation service (English-Bangla-Spanish). So the prospective students are afraid of a new life in a Spanish spoken country.
How Star Network can materialize the possibility: Star Network is a Govt. Registered Indian education consultancy located at Post office Road, Dharmanagar, North Tripura State, India. Being inspired with international education and global culture, I, the proprietor and Director of Star Network am roaming worldwide in search of institutions that offer quality education adaptable for Indian and Bangladeshi students. Star Network has a group of competent consultants. We know English, Bangla, Hindi and Spanish. We know Bangladesh better than others do because our office is located adjacent to Bangladesh. This compnay can arrange educational seminars at various spots in Bangladesh. We can assess academic fitness of prospective students for entry into Peruvian institutions. We can handle spot admission matters as per guidelines of Peruvian institutions. While in Peru, we can assist the new students in translating important documents. Even we can arrange private classes to teach Spanish language. If authorised from Peruvian Ministry of foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Ministry of External Affairs Immigration Department, we can apply for Peruvian visas in favor of Bangladeshi students in New Delhi.
Conclusion: If the Peruvian ministries mentioned above pay attention to this issue, they may assist uncountable Bangladeshi students pursue their higher education in Peru as well as can prove that " Peru: aquí tu futuro comienza" (Peru: here your future initiates).
Amar Chand Nath
Propriator & Director,
Star Network, Post Office Road, Dharmanagar,
North Tripura, India.
Present address: Manuel Bulnes# 867, Iquique, Chile.