University of Chittagong

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University of Chittagong
চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
University of Chittagong logo.svg
Seal of the University of Chittagong
Established 1966
Type Public, Coeducational
Chancellor President of Bangladesh
Vice-Chancellor Professor Anwarul Azim Arif
Academic staff 726
Admin. staff 1900
Students 22000
Location Chittagong, Bangladesh
22°16′48″N 91°28′25″E / 22.28°N 91.4735°E / 22.28; 91.4735Coordinates: 22°16′48″N 91°28′25″E / 22.28°N 91.4735°E / 22.28; 91.4735
Campus Rural, 1,754 acres (7.10 km2)
Nickname CU

University Grants Commission, Bangladesh

Association of Commonwealth Universities

The University of Chittagong (Chittagong University, CU, Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a public university situated in the suburban area of Hathazari, Chittagong district, Bangladesh. The university was established in 1966. The campus is 22 km north of Chittagong city. The University of Chittagong is surrounded by hills, and bisected by a small stream which made this university a famous tourist spot across the country.[citation needed] It is a multidisciplinary research university. The university ranks among the top public and private universities of Bangladesh.[citation needed] Currently, it is the third largest University in Bangladesh with more than 20,000 students and about 800 faculty members.

Dr. Muhammad Yunus,[1] who used to be a faculty member of this university and who is the founder of Grameen Bank, the pioneering figure in microcredit theory of Economics, and the 2006 winner of Nobel Peace Prize, started his first microcredit experiments in the neighbouring village of Zobra.

University of Chittagong at a glance
Inauguration 18 November 1966
Location Zobra village, Hathajari upajila, Chittgong
22 kilometer from Chittagong city
Area 1,754-acre (7.10 km2)
Academic Faculties 7
Academic Departments 38
Research Centers 5
Affiliated Institutes 6
Affiliated Colleges 8
Degrees Awarded
Undergrad BA, MA, BSc, MSc, MS, BBA, MBA, LLB, LLM, BSS, MSS, M.B.B.S.
Postgrad M.Phil., Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H
Hall 10
Types Male:6, Female:3, Coed:1
Teaching Staff 726
Other Staff Officer:296, 3rd Class Staff:478, 4th Class Staff:1180


On 3 December 1965, Professor A R Mallick (1918–97), as project director, began the work of founding the Chittagong University with only three employees, one typewriter, and a photocopier in a house in Chittagong City.[citation needed] The Chittagong University Ordinance was enacted on 25 September 1966 and Professor Mallick was given the charge of Vice Chancellor that same day, a role which he assumed on 9 October 1966.[2]

The university began teaching on 28 November with Master of Arts programme classes for 200 students in the departments of Bengali, English, history and economics under the faculty of arts. Medical, engineering, law, and education colleges outside the university were later incorporated as separate faculties.[2]


Central Library[edit]

The Chittagong University Library is situated in the University Campus. In 1990, the library was moved to its own building. At present, the total floor area of the library is 56,700 sq ft. The library is managed by the Library Committee consisting of 14 members. At present, the library collection consists of about 350,000 volumes of books and over 40,000 bound volumes of journals.[3]

The Central Shaheed Minar

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Jamal Nazrul Islam, Theoretical Physicist and Mathematician. Ex-Professor, Mathematics Department. Ex-Professor Emeritus and founding Director of Research Center for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (RCMPS).
  • Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, 2006 winner of Nobel Prize in peace. Former professor of Economics Department, initiated his project on micro credit in the adjacent area, Jobra.

Honorary Doctorate Holders[edit]

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