A visit to 3 private colleges that teach textile engineering reinforced the importance of textile industry for Bangladesh. All the colleges we sawhave over 1200 students in their course and they all graduate to jobs in industry. The lecturers have mostly studied Textile Engineering and Technology, some in the UK at UMIST and Leeds. Our conversations on design were often confused, and seemed to cross wires, a little like the telephone wires everywhere in Dhaka. Design is taught under their Fabric Structure and Design Module, which translates to understanding certain weave structures, a very different notion to design training in the UK. All the colleges were very keen to establish links with UK colleges, and are considering including textile design training in their curriculum in the future. The facilities were basic and it was clear the machines are just used for demonstration purposes and not to produce or work on for extended periods of time. A very different approach to UK colleges, where students are encouraged to design through making.