Top 10 Most Popular Universities in Bangladesh for Higher Study | Public and Private Universities

Bangladesh has a huge number of potentials young starts to lead the future of Bangladesh. The government has taken a massive step in improving the condition of overall higher study. They have changed some rules and regulations recently in UGC. Every year thousands of students applied for higher study in different universities and in different faculties. We have showcased some of the 10 most popular and renowned universities here where a student can apply and shine on their life after graduating from it.


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1. Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, also known as BUET, is one of the most prestigious institutions for higher studies in engineering in the country. About 9234 students are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies in engineering, architecture, planning, and science in this institution.

At present, BUET has eighteen teaching departments under five faculties and it has six institutes. The student intake of undergraduate students is around 1060 each year, while the intake of graduate students in Masters and Ph.D. programs is around 1000.

2. University of Dhaka

The University of Dhaka opened its doors to students with Sir P.J. Hartog as the first Vice-Chancellor of the University. The University was set up in a picturesque part of the city known as Ramna on 600 acres of land. The university was established on the first day of July 1921.
The University started with 3 Faculties, 12 Departments, 60 teachers, 877 students, and 3 dormitories for the students. At present, the University consists of 13 Faculties, 83 Departments, 12 Institutes, 20 residential halls, 3 hostels, and more than 56 Research Centers. The number of students and teachers is now about 37018 and 1992 respectively at present.

The main purpose of the University was to create new areas of knowledge and distribute this knowledge to society through its students. Since its inception, the University has had a distinct character of having distinguished scholars as faculties who have enriched the global pool of knowledge by making notable contributions in the fields of teaching and research.

    3. University of Rajshahi

    The University of Rajshahi is one of the largest Universities in the country bearing an area of 753 acres, it also is the largest with the highest seat of learning in the northern region of Bangladesh. It was founded on July 6, 1953. The university has passed 62 years providing higher education and research. The university is located very close to the mighty river the Padma and seven km. east from the Rajshahi City Center.

    Dr. Itrat Hossain Zeberi was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University. Rajshahi university started its academic activities in 1954. During the early days of inception, classes were held at Rajshahi Government College. In 1961 the University moved to its present campus.

    There are 1778 academic staff and 2258 administrative staff at present. The total number of students including undergraduates, postgraduates, and doctoral students is 38495. Among them 15258 are undergraduate students, 9125 are postgraduate students and 2112 are doctoral students. The university has 58 departments which are organized into 10 faculties.

    4. Sahajalal University of Science and Technology

    The Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) was established on 25th August 1986. The only university of its kind at that time, it started with only three departments: Physics, Chemistry and Economics, 13 teachers and 205 students. It has now expanded to 7 schools, 27 departments, and two institutes. The number of teachers and students is 552 and 10922 respectively. Besides, the University has 13 affiliated medical colleges under the School of Medical Sciences with 4000 students.

    It introduced the semester system from the 1996-97 session and there was a remarkable improvement in the quality of education after the introduction of this system, which was visible even in the national arena. The computer center of SUST offers courses to every employee and one can say, without any hesitation that SUST is the most IT-enabled university in Bangladesh.

    5. BRAC University

    Brac University (BracU) established in 2001 is located in Dhaka Bangladesh. BRAC University is a Private University. It ensures a high quality of education. The medium of instruction and examination at Brac University is English. BracU is accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh.

    At present, there are 9839 students in total o which 8764 are undergraduate students and 1075 are postgraduate students. the university runs it’s program under 7 departments which include architecture, social sciences, English and humanities, mathematics and natural sciences, pharmacy, electrical and electronic engineering and computer science, and engineering. It is located in Mohakhali, Dhaka.

    6. Jahangirnagar University

    Jahangirnagar University is a public university in Bangladesh, located in Savar Upazila, Dhaka. It is one of the tops and only fully residential universities in Bangladesh.

    The university was established in 1970 by the Jahangirnagar Muslim University Ordinance of the government of Pakistan. Its first vice-chancellor, Mafizuddin Ahmed. The first group of students, a total of 150, were enrolled in four departments: Economics, Geography, Mathematics, and Statistics.

    There are almost 17000 students in a total of which about 14500 are undergraduate students, about 3500 are postgraduate students and about 2300 are doctoral students. The university performs its academic programs by 34 departments under 6 faculties.

      7. North South University

      North-South University (NSU), the first private university in Bangladesh, was established in 1992 by the then Foundation for Promotion of Education and Research (FPER), a charitable, non-profit, non-commercial and non-political organization.

      There are a total of 20025 students in a total of which 17517 are undergraduate students and 2508 are postgraduate students. the university has 10 departments which are organized into 4 schools, school of business and economics, school of engineering and physical sciences, school of humanities and social sciences, and school of health and life sciences.

      8. University of Chittagong

      The Chittagong University is situated on 1,754 acres of beautiful hilly land in Mauja Fatehpur under Hathazari Upazila, 22 km north of Chittagong city. It was established on 18 November 1966. On 3 December 1965, Professor A R Mallick as project Director inaugurated the work of founding the Chittagong University with only three employees, one typewriter, and a photocopier in a house on Road 3 of Chittagong City’s Nasirabad Housing Society. The Chittagong University Ordinance was promulgated on 25 September 1966 and Professor Mallick was given the charge of Vice-Chancellor.

      The university started its academic program with only 200 students in the departments of Bangla, English, History, and Economics under the faculty of Arts. After a short, while Medical, Engineering, Law and Education Colleges situated outside the university campus were incorporated as separate faculties, and thus the university’s educational activities kept expanding.

      At present, there are 24283 students in total. The academic program is divided into 54 departments under 10 faculties. There are also 5 research centers, 6 affiliated institutes, and 9 affiliated colleges.

      9. Independent University, Bangladesh

      Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) is a private university that was established in 1993. It is one of the oldest and largest private universities in Bangladesh. The campus is sprawling over 3 acres, has an amphitheater, state-of-the-art laboratories, well-equipped library with online access to journals and books, above 70 classrooms, lecture galleries, auditorium, gymnasium, food court, playground, medical Center, counseling Center, and an alumni office. IUB also has dormitory facilities for female students from outside Dhaka and foreign students and a guest house for visiting scholars. There are more than 7500 undergraduate and graduate students.

      10. Khulna University of Engineering and Technology

      Khulna University of Engineering & Technology has a background of historical significance. Although this institution has completed an era as a university, its laying foundation began 49 years ago. This university was established in 1967 as ‘Khulna Engineering College’ under the University of Rajshahi. But during the period of the liberation war, the development activities of the Erstwhile Engineering College were suspended. After the Independence of Bangladesh in the year 1971, the development works were started again in swing full.

      At present, there are 5682 students of which 4635 are undergraduate students and 967 are post-graduate students. the academic divisions are organized into 20 departments under three faculties.

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