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Japanese expert shows the way of ‘brain circulation’

Published : 13 Sep 2022 10:10 PM | Updated : 14 Sep 2022 04:34 PM

When all talk about the brain drain from Bangladesh, a Japanese professor has shown the way of ‘brain circulation’ in which citizens will come back after studying in Japan, UK or the US.

 And it occurs, according to Tsuyoshi Kano, “when the government has invested heavily in higher technical education and when the country is stable and open politically and economically’.

 He spoke at a programme in Dhaka on Monday. Tsuyoshi Kano is the Associate Professor, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan Department of Management Systems in the College of Information and Human Communication.

 He is also the Co-Founder and CEO, ICT for Development (NPO), Japan.

 He gave the example of BJIT Group which is one of the leading information, communications and technology (ICT) companies in Bangladesh providing top-class Software Services globally.

 Its founder Akbar JM left Bangladesh to study in Japan in 1984 at the age of 24. In 2001, he started BJIT Ltd. as an offshoring system development company between Bangladesh and Japan. In 2022, the BJIT employs 800 staff, mostly engineers.

 Tsuyoshi Kano said understanding and analyzing the skill shift could be instrumental for both higher educational institutions and the industry people. The policymakers can also gain insight into the required policy shifts to build an ecosystem.

 “There is a shift toward JavaScript and UI Design (from 2019 to 2021), which can be attributed to the pandemic’s most prominent feature, the increase in remote work and digitization,” he said.