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Bangladesh has a largely rural population of over 171 million (World Bank, 2022).

COL’s work in Bangladesh is in the areas of higher education, gender equality, skills for work and technology-enabled learning and benefits from programmes under the aegis of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA). Learners from Bangladesh are also benefitting from COL’s free, open online courses and other available resources.


  • Bangladesh Open University renewed its five-year license in COL’s CEMBA/CEMPA Programme.
  • 20 universities developed institutional OER policy.
  • Workshop on ‘Sustainable Farming Techniques’ was conducted for farmers in Bangladesh.
  • TEL policy implemented at Ahsanullah Institute of Science and Technology.
  • A strategy for the digitization of learning resources, focusing on climate-responsive sustainable livelihoods and food security has been developed.
  • 9,246 certificates have been issued to learners from Bangladesh under the Skills Online programme.
  • 5,000 women and girls in Bangladesh have been trained.


Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL’s partners in Bangladesh include:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology
  • Aster Innovation Company Ltd
  • Bangladesh Open University (BOU)
  • Better Future for Women
  • Centre for Mass Education in Science (CMES)
  • CITY University
  • Daffodil International University
  • Dhaka Ahsania Mission
  • Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha
  • University of Chittagong
  • University Grants Commission (UGC)

Key Contacts

Focal Point

Mst. Rokhsana Begum
Deputy Secretary
Secondary and Higher Education Division
Ministry of Education


Notable Mention

Professor M. Aminul Islam, COL Honorary Fellow

Professor Dr Abdul Mannan, former Honorary COL Adviser

The Honourable Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, former member of COL Board of Governors

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