Bangladeshi educator promotes international educat...

Bangladeshi educator promotes international education at MTSU

Dr. Irshad Khan, former chairman of the Department of Economics at Chittagong University in Bangladesh, will visit MTSU Wednesday, Aug. 22, as part of a nationwide tour of American academic institutions.

Dr. Irshad Khan

The U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh and a senior education adviser of the U.S. Department of State have asked Khan to lead initiatives to promote academic exchanges between the two countries.

Dr. Brad Bartel, university provost, will meet with Khan at 1:30 p.m. on MTSU’s “International Student Orientation Day.” Then Khan will hold brief meetings with a few faculty members.

Khan was a childhood friend of Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize-winning economist who taught at MTSU from 1969 to 1972. Khan also was instrumental in arranging the Yunus Commoration Agreement of Friendship and Exchange between MTSU and CU in 2010.

Although he is on leave from Chittagong University, Khan is now the pro-vice chancellor and acting president of the Independent University of Bangladesh at Chittagong.

For more information, contact Dr. Kiyoshi Kawahito, former MTSU professor of economics, at 615-890-5279 or

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