International Islamic University, Chittagong

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International Islamic University Chittagong
আন্তর্জাতিক ইসলামী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় চট্টগ্রাম
Motto "The Motto of the University is to combine quality with morality"
Established 1995
Type Private
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. A.K.M. Azharul Islam
Academic staff 450
Students 16,000 (As of 2013)
Location Chittagong, Bangladesh
Campus Main Campus and administration College road, Chittagong.
Permanent Campus Kumira, Chittagong
Female campus Bahaddarhat, Chittagong
Website www.iiuc.ac.bd

The International Islamic University Chittagong (Bengali: আন্তর্জাতিক ইসলামী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় চট্টগ্রাম) or IIUC for short is a private university in Bangladesh located in Chittagong the major port and second-largest city of the country. It was founded in 1995 under the Private Universities Act of 1992 (Act no. 34 of 1992).[1] Islamic University Chittagong Trust (IUCT) is the founder organization of this university. IIUC is still governed by IUCT.[2] It got government approval on February 11, 1995.

History[edit]

International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) is one of the top graded Government approved private universities in Bangladesh. The credit for the idea of establishing this University goes to Islamic University Chittagong Trust (IUCT), which is the founder organization of the University. This Trust is a non-political and non-profit oriented voluntary organization, registered with the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh under the Societies Act XXI of 1860. This Trust felt the need for a university under private initiative in view of the absence of institutions of higher learning based on Islamic vision of life in the public sector. With this idea having its origin in 1990, the Trust discussed the concept of a private Islamic university with a group of intellectuals, Islamic thinkers, and educationists, from home and abroad. It was these Islamic personalities that came forward to materialize the dream of such an institution by putting their ideas, energies and fulfilling other requirements. In 1992 an anchor organization called Islamic University Chittagong Trust (IUCT) was founded under the aegis of this body and by the grace of Allah (SWT), an institution of higher learning under the name of Islamic University Chittagong got the Government’s approval on February 11, 1995 and the University was founded accordingly in the same year. Thus a long cherished dream of the people of Chittagong came into reality. In the year 2000 Islamic University Chittagong (IUC) was upgraded into International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC), thus it got a scope to extend its services to the Ummah at large.

In 2004 IIUC was recognized as one of the 9 top-graded Private Universities by a Government-appointed High Powered Team led by the UGC Chairman. At present, it is the largest private university with 370 (Full-time: 270 & Adjunct: 100) teachers and 16000 students from home and abroad. A good number of full-time teachers and students are studying abroad for pursuing higher studies with IIUC’s scholarship or financial assistance or continuation of services. The Graduation degrees of CSE & CCE are accredited by the BAETE. IIUC grants waiver, generous financial assistances and scholarships to the students at different rates depending on the results of their previous examinations and financial condition. IIUC participated in different national and international contests, winning prizes for obtaining prestigious positions. IIUC successfully organized five International Conferences on different important issues relating to education, ethics and Islamization of knowledge. It also arranged ‘National Computer Programming Contest’ (NCPC-2004) in collaboration with the Ministry of Science & ICT and Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) as part of its regular programs.During that period, the government and the intellectual and civil society in Bangladesh started to feel that the existing public universities were not sufficient to meet the increasing demand for tertiary education in the country. To maintain their quality of education, most of the reputed public universities in Bangladesh kept themselves selective and, as a result, a large number of students failed to get admitted into higher education institutions.

Legal Aspect:

The founding of International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) was made possible by the passage of a historic Act of Parliament in 1992 – The Private University Act, 1992. Later on amended in 1998 and 2010 respectively This Act empowers IIUC to frame its own Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations governing the manifold activities of IIUC like academic, administrative, financial, student welfare, discipline etc. The Charter of IIUC as framed within the provisions of the Act and as approved by the Government empowers the University to confer degrees in various disciplines on undergraduate and graduate programs.

These issues led the government to permit the establishment of private universities. On 9 August 1992, the Private University Act (Act 34) 1992 was passed. Within the next five years, a number of private universities were established. The International Islamic University Chittagong has been one of them. The students get here moral education with the courses they demand.

Vision & Mission

The Mission of the University is to revive the glorious part of the Muslim Ummah, asthey were the patrons of scholarship and imparters of education for the whole mankind, through establishing Universities, Educational Institutions, Research Centres and Public Libraries during the Golden Periods of Middle Ages.

The Vission of the University is to establish this University as the Centre ofExcellence in South Asian Region, in different areas of scholarship like Shariah Sciences, Business Studies, Modern Sciences and Engineering and Law etc. Keeping its door open to the admission seekers of Asian and East Asian region.

The Objectives of the University are as follows:

(a) To create a new generation of Muslim youths, who will be equipped with academic excellence, professional expertise and encored with moral height.

(b) To follow a policy of continued Islamization of Knowledge and academic curricular in different branches of knowledge so that its students can imbibe the true spirit of Islam as an effective guiding principle in their profession and daily life.

The university has four campuses:

  • Main campus is located in Chawkbazar, Chittagong.
  • The permanent campus for male students located in Kumira(facing to Dhaka Chittagong Highway).
  • The Permanent campus for female students located in Chandgaon, Chittagong.
  • Dhaka Campus located in Road-3, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1205.

Degrees offered[edit]

The university offers several undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as stated below:

Main Auditorium

Faculty of Science & Engineering[3][edit]

  • Department of Computer science & engineering(cse): Bachelor of Science in Computer science and Engineering (B.Sc. in CSE)
  • Department of Computer and Communication Engineering (CCE): Bachelor of Science in Computer and Communication Engineering (B.Sc. in CCE)
  • Department of Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering (ETE):[4] Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering (B.Sc. in ETE)
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE): Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering (B.Sc. in CSE), Professional Diploma in Computer Science (DCS)
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE): Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (B.Sc. in EEE)
  • Department of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.)

Faculty of Arts & Humanities[5][edit]

  • English Language and Literature (ELL): Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, Masters of Arts in English Language Teaching (ELT), Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in English Language and Literature
  • Arabic Language and Literature (ALL), Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Arabic Language and Literature

Faculty of Business Studies[6][edit]

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) [Regular]
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) [Executive]
  • Master of Bank Management (MBM)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Economics & Banking (BSS)

Faculty of Law[7][edit]

  • Bachelor of Law (LLB Hons.)
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB Pass)

Faculty of Shari'ah & Islamic Studies[8][edit]

Qur'anic Sciences and Islamic Studies (QSIS): Master of Arts in Qur'nic Sciences and Islamic Studies (MQSIS), Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Qur'anic Sciences and Islamic Studies, Da'wah and Islamic Studies (DIS), Master of Arts in Da'wah and Islamic Studies (MDIS), Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Da'wah and Islamic Studies.

Center for University Requirement Courses (CENURC)[edit]

The University Requirement Courses (URC) constitute the main and most important characteristics of International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) as they are playing a vital role in distinguishing IIUC from a traditional university. These courses are equally compulsory for all students of the university regardless of discipline, faculty, race and religion. The students are required to take 11 to 13 credit hours in URC in total to graduate from the University. Language, Islamic Studies and History form the basis of these courses.From the very beginning of IIUC, the University Requirement Courses were considered as an integral part of graduation requirements for all. As per a proposal, initiated by Professor Dr. Abu Bakr Rafique, The Pro Vice-Chancellor of IIUC, the Academic Council of IIUC in its 14th meeting held on 10 November 2003 formulated a proposal of establishing a center with the title Center for University Requirement Courses (CENURC) and recommended to the Syndicate. The 62nd meeting of the Syndicate (held on 15 November 2003) finally took the decision for establishing Center for University Requirement Courses (CENURC) for conducting the university requirement courses smoothly.

Library and Information Division (LID)[edit]

Qatar Central Library

Library is the heart of an institution. International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) authority has established the University library in 1995 at the beginning of its journey. Now it becomes the largest Library among all the private university libraries of the country. Its full name is “Library and Information Division (LID)”.

There are over than 1, 44,759 books in IIUC Library covering the subjects relating to the academic programmers and other co-curriculum disciplines. There are also journals, periodicals, research and thesis papers, reports, conference proceedings, handbooks, manuals, encyclopedias, dictionaries, CD, VCD etc. for the users which are treated as reference collections and these can only be used within the library. The library collections are being arranged and organized according to the DDC scheme & AACR-2, so that a user can easily find any book or other collection among huge collections of the library.

The library building is situated in its own permanent campus at Kumira settled in a nice scenic view and which is probably the most beautiful library building among all of its kind in South-east Asia. The library can accommodate easily over 456 users at a time in its full air-conditioned reading room. More than 300 users use the library every day.

The library operates a network of CCTV camera inside the library to ensure the security of its own self and also its resources.

There are seven libraries in IIUC, listed here with area information and number of books:

Sl. No. Library name Space (sq ft)
1 Central Library, Permanent Campus, Kumira 33,000
2 Main Campus Library-City Campus, Chittagong 3,000
3 Female Campus Library, Chittagong 2,000
4 ELL Seminar Library, Chittagong 1,000
5 DBA Seminar Library, Chittagong 3500
6 Health Campus Library, Chittagong 1,500
7 Dhaka Campus Library, Dhaka 2,500
Total[9] 43,500
Sl. No. Faculties Titles Copies
1 Faculty of Shari’ah 4,972 22,666
2 Faculty of Science & Engineering 908 23,909
3 Faculty of Administrative Science 827 22,690
4 Faculty of Health Science 157 803
5 Faculty of Art’s & Humanities 750 5,736
6 Faculty of Law 560 2,907
7 Other’s 230 3,932
Total[9] 8,404 82,643

Accreditation[edit]

IIUC is graded by a team constituted by the prime minister in 2004 headed by the chairman of UGC for evaluating the standard and quality of existing 57 private universities. IIUC is the first private university which has been accredited by the Board of Accreditation for Engineering and Technical Education (BAETE) for fulfilling all requirements in its CSE and CCE programs; it is the first private university in Bangladesh accredited by BAETE.[10]

Hostel facilities[edit]

Hostel accommodation is available;[11] The hostels are as follows:(separate hostel for foreign students)

Campus Hostels Number
Main Campus (Chittagong City) Male 4
Main Campus (Chittagong City) Female 4
Permanent Campus (Kumira) Male 4
Dhaka Campus Male 3
Dhaka Campus Female 3

Scholarships[edit]

IIUC offers scholarships in each semester.[2]

Full-time teachers are studying abroad for higher degrees with an IIUC scholarship. Current faculty or students are provided with a scholarship for higher study in home or abroad.

More about its financial assistance for the students can be found in IIUC Financial Assistance.

Foreign Collaboration[edit]

IIUC has signed for formal academic collaboration agreement called Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under these agreements, students of IIUC are able to transfer their credits to the following universities and institutions:[12]

Central Mosque

Event organization[edit]

IIUC has organized events such as National Computer Programming Contest (NCPC), Inter-university Programming Contest, IIUC Intra-university Programming Contest (IIUPC), IT Festival, Job Fair, Dynamic Leadership Training Camp (DLTC), Poem Recitation Workshop,Annual Cultural festival, Programming Workshop, Open Source Workshop, and Hardware and Software Fairs.

In August, 2007 it organized Open Source Campaign-5[13] which was a step towards open source awareness in Chittagong and in Bangladesh. It ran from August 31 to September 1, 2007. It mainly focused on open source and its features, flexibilities and its opportunities in Bangladesh as well as in the whole world.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Bangladesh Private University Act (Act No.34), August 9, 1992
  2. ^ a b [2] IIUC Website
  3. ^ [3] Faculty of Science & Engineering, IIUC
  4. ^ [4] Website of ETE Department, IIUC
  5. ^ [5] Faculty of Arts & Humanities, IIUC
  6. ^ [6] Faculty of Business Studies, IIUC
  7. ^ [7] Faculty of Law, IIUC
  8. ^ [8] Faculty of Shariah & Islamic Studies, IIUC
  9. ^ a b [9] Libraries of IIUC
  10. ^ [10] IIUC Website UGC BAETE
  11. ^ Hostel Facilities for Male and Female Students. "Accommodation". Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  12. ^ [11] IIUC International Collaboration
  13. ^ [12] IIUC Open Source Camp

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 22°21′22″N 91°50′14″E / 22.3561°N 91.8372°E / 22.3561; 91.8372