Universities in Bangladesh are mainly categorized into three different types: public (government owned and subsidized), private (private sector owned universities), and international (operated and funded by international organizations such as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation). Most universities focus on general studies, mixing together such areas of study as business, engineering and technology. Seven universities have specialized curricula. Two of these are focused on Islamic studies, two on agricultural science, one on healthcare science, one on veterinary medicine, and one on women's studies. Establishment of private universities in Bangladesh was initiated after the institution of the Private University Act 1992. Now there are 92 such universities that are operational several divisions of the country. (as of February, 2016).
Among 92 private universities in Bangladesh, The name of the top ten private universities are given below:
Rank-1: North South University (NSU)
North South University or NSU is the first private university of Bangladesh. The government of Bangladesh approved the establishment of North South University in 1992 under the Private University Act 1992. North South University was established by a group of philanthropists, industrialists, bureaucrats and academics.
The university's campus is at Bashundhara in Dhaka. The foundation of the campus was laid on January 30, 2003 by Begum Khaleda Zia. Classes started in the permanent campus from June 9, 2009. This campus can serve up to 15,000 students with amenities and facilities. It contains six buildings with three basements on six acres of land having 665,000 square feet of floor space
Independent University, Bangladesh or IUB is one of the oldest, largest and finest private universities in Bangladesh. Its permanent campus is in Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka. The university was established in 1993 by the Private University Act, 1992.
BRAC University (BRACU) was established in 2001. It follows liberal arts approach to education which nurtures fresh ideas and gives new impetus in the field of tertiary education. It ensures a high quality of education and aims to meet the demands of the contemporary times.
Rank-5: Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST)
The Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) was founded by the Dhaka Ahsania Mission in 1995. It maintains close collaboration with the University Grants Commission (UGC), Bangladesh and many other National and International Education Institutions and Professional bodies. The permanent Campus of the University has been built on 5-bighas (1.6 acre) of land at Tejgaon Industrial Area which is located in the heart of Dhaka City. The land use in this area is quickly changing from an industrial area to a commercial area.
Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology141 & 142, Love Road, Tejgaon Industrial Area, Dhaka-1208.
United International University (UIU) is a private university located in Dhaka, Bangladesh, The government of Bangladesh approved the establishment of United International University in 2003 under the Private University Act -1992 (now replaced by-2010 ACT). Financial support came from the United Group, a Bangladeshi business conglomerate.
The University has two campuses in Dhaka, both located in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The UIU main Campus is built with the purpose of imparting education in a befitting infrastructure and congenial environment. Containing about 80,000 sq. ft. floor space, the campus has 8 floors with two basements. With this capacity, UIU accommodates state-of-the-art IT and Computer Labs, Language Lab, different Engineering Labs and other essential facilities.
United International University (UIU)
House # 80, Road # 8/A,
Mirza Golam Hafiz Road,
Phone: +88(02) 9125913-6, 9144151, 9118213
Rank-7: American International University-Bangladesh
American International University-Bangladesh is an accredited and renowned private university located at Banani in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The university is an independent organization with its own Board of Trustees. The raison d’etre of American International University –Bangladesh is its great people: our graduates, students, faculty and management. Since the commencement of its journey in 1994, AIUB has progressed by leaps and bounds both as an institution and the programs it delivers to the students.
Mailing Address:House 83/B, Road 4, Kemal Ataturk Avenue,
University of Asia Pacific (UAP) was established in 1996 as a private university under the Private University Act 1992, with a vision to enhance the opportunities for higher education in Bangladesh. Its curriculum has been approved by The University Grants Commission of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.
Mailing Address:74/A , Green Road, Dhaka - 1215, Bangladesh
Daffodil International University, is a co-educational private university located in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was established on 24 January 2002 under the Private University Act, 1992.
The university was established in 2002 with the approval of the University Grants Commission (Bangladesh) and the Government of Bangladesh's Ministry of Education. The university has multiple campuses within Dhaka. The main campus is located in Dhanmondi and the permanent campus is in Asulia.
Green University of Bangladesh (GUB), one of the leading private universities in Bangladesh, was founded in 2003 under the Private University Act 1992 with a vision to create a global higher education center of excellence.
GUB’s greatest resource in fulfilling its mission is its faculty of about 150 distinguished scholars and educators, whose scholarly research experiences and teaching skills enrich the students’ classroom environment. To ensure quality education, GUB is equipped with modern infrastructural facilities, latest academic curricula, Intern et with Wi-Fi facility, air-conditioned classrooms, and seminar halls supported with multi-media, rich libraries, most sophisticated laboratories, students' cafeterias, standby generators, etc.