Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, President of the University of Notre Dame (UND), Indianan, USA, Rev. William M. Lies, CSC, Vice President for Mission Engagement, Dr. Nicholas Entrikin, Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization, and Dr. Jonathan Noble, Assistant Provost, Institute for Asian and African Studies of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA visited Bangladesh and a reception was held for them on 8 February 2014 by Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB). They were here, especially, to learn about the proposed Notre Dame University Bangladesh, which is in its beginning stages, and to see how the two institutions might cooperate and relate to each other. The University of Notre Dame (USA) is one of the foremost universities in that country.
They met first with the members of the Board of Trustees of Notre Dame University Bangladesh and other individuals who have been involved in the planning and organization of the university. There was an important sharing by Prof. Dr. A K Azad Chowdhury, Chairman of the University Grants Commission and a State Minister.
This was followed by a larger reception in the auditorium of Notre Dame College where many more people were in attendance and sharing was done by a number of people on the historical background (by Fr. Frank Quinlivan), vision and mission, goals and aspirations (by Fr. Benjamin Costa) of Notre Dame University Bangladesh. Special addresses were given by Dr. S A Samad, Executive Chairman (Minister) of BOI and NDC Alumnus, Prof. Mahfuza Khanam, member of the NDUB Board of Trustees and by Fr. John Jenkins, CSC. Both spoke of the need for academic excellence and, especially, of the need for value education and human formation.
These themes were echoed by Bishop Theotonius Gomes, CSC, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Dhaka, who spoke on the importance of ethics and education which is coupled with ethical thinking and behaviour. Fr. Benjamin Costa, Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame University Bangladesh spoke of the vision of the University and how it will be a place where all the religious traditions of Bangladesh will have a place to meet, to share, to find common ground; A place where special emphasis will be given to teaching and appreciating the cultural heritage and values.
The reception concluded with a meal and further informal sharing. Bridges are being built between these institutions which do share a common heritage. In the afternoon all the guests along with Frs. Benjamin Costa, James Cruze, David Burrell and Tom McDermott went to meet the VC of Dhaka University at his residence.