North South University

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North South University
Logo of NSU.png
Seal of the North South University
Motto "Seek Knowledge"
Established 1992
Type Private, Coeducational
Chancellor Abdul Hamid, President of Bangladesh
Vice-Chancellor Amin U Sarkar
Academic staff 234
Students 15,000 approx (year:2013)
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
23°47′38″N 90°24′13″E / 23.794°N 90.4035°E / 23.794; 90.4035Coordinates: 23°47′38″N 90°24′13″E / 23.794°N 90.4035°E / 23.794; 90.4035
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and white         
Nickname NSU
Affiliations University Grants Commission, Bangladesh

North South University (Bengali: নর্থসাউথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) or NSU is the first private university of Bangladesh.[1] The government of Bangladesh approved the establishment of North South University in 1992 under Private University Act (PUA) 1992 (now replaced by PUA 2010). The university was formally inaugurated on 10 February 1993 by then Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

The university follows the American system of education with all its distinctive features-semesters, credit hours, letter grades, one examiner system and so on. Its curricula, when first introduced, were reviewed by relevant departments of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and University of California at Berkeley, USA, and duly approved by University Grants Commission. The academic programs are continually updated and adapted to meet local needs. NSU now has 234 core (full-time) and 149 part-time faculty members. Core faculty members teach roughly 72% of the courses offered. All faculty members have higher degrees from reputable foreign universities, with over 90% holding degrees from British, American, Australian and Canadian universities. Visiting faculty members from foreign universities including US, Canadian and Australian universities also teach at NSU. Its current student enrollment is about 15000.


SAC and Admin Building
SAC and Admin Building
Bridge between SAC and NAC
Bridge between SAC and NAC

The university's campus is in Bashundhara, Dhaka. The foundation of the campus was laid on January 30, 2003 by Begum Khaleda Zia.[2] Classes started in the permanent campus from June 9, 2009.[3]

This campus serves 4,000 to 12,000 students with amenities and facilities. It contains six buildings with three basements on six acres of land having 125,000 square feet of floorspace.[4]

The units are Administrative building, North Academic Building, South Academic Building, Open Theater Building, Library and the Auditorium. The School of Business and the School of Arts and Social Sciences are located in North Academic Building and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Life Sciences are located in South Academic Building. The resource lab is located in library building level 6.


The NSU library has six floors with over 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) floor area at the southeast side of the campus. This is a semi automated university library in Bangladesh using its own library management software,[5][6] which supports web-based online circulation system, full-text e-books and online journal article services. The library can accommodate over 1,200 students in its reading rooms. On average 2,000 students use the library each day.

As of March 2010, the library holds 32000 books, 5,700 bound journals (Asian and local) and magazines, 1,300 CD-ROM databases and books, 103 videos, 159 audio-cassettes, and 62 DVDs.[7] It subscribes to 15 local journals, 18 foreign and 12 local magazines, two foreign dailies and most of the leading national dailies published from Dhaka. The library has access to the Internet for users to browse, download, and print full-text articles from over 10,000 journals from Blackwell, IEEE, Jstor, HINARI, OARE, AGORA, Oxford University Press, Wiley Interscience, Springer online databases etc. using the Vice Chancellor's log-in account for a large journal database.

Organization and administration[edit]

The honorable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is the Chancellor of NSU. The Board of Trustees, the apex body which provides the overall policy guidelines and approves annual budget of the University, is headed by its Chairman. The Syndicate runs the administration of the University within the policy guidelines provided by BOT 2010. The Vice Chancellor, as the chief executive and academic officer, along with the Pro Vice Chancellor, runs the university with the help of the following statutory bodies: Syndicate, Academic Council, Finance Committee, Curriculum Committee, Faculty Selection Committee, Degree Review Committee, Library Committee, Disciplinary Committee and Faculty Search Committee. All statutory bodies operate under the provision of the Statutes prepared within the framework of PUA 2010. The Registrar maintains the university records including admissions and examination results and keeps liaison with Ministry of Education, University Grants Commission (UGC) and other relevant authorities.

Academic programs[edit]

Schools of the university

  • School of Business
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Applied Sciences
  • School of Arts and Social Science

The university's 10 departments are organized into 4 schools. School of Business is one of the largest and well renowned Business schools of Bangladesh. It offers bachelor and masters degrees in different disciplines.


NSU has three institutes and one center :

  • Institute of Modern Language
  • Institute of Development, Environment and Strategic Studies (IDESS)
  • Confucius Institute: The Confucius Institute at NSU was established in February 2006, the only language institute in Bangladesh which offers only Chinese Language Training . Some 600 students have been enrolled and nearly 100 Bangladeshis are learning Chinese at the Institute now.[8]
  • Center for Information & Communication Technology (CICT)

International Recognition[edit]

The credits obtained at NSU are accepted in most of the reputable universities of USA, Canada, Australia and other countries. NSU graduates are accepted in the Graduate programs of Harvard, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, and other well-known universities. NSU attracts foreign students from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kenya and Nigeria. In addition, under the Study Abroad and Group Exchange program, students from world-class universities of USA and Canada such as Brown University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, PennState University, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Windsor University, York University, and other similar institutions attend summer semester at NSU and transfer credits back to their parent institutions.


NSU is fully accredited by the University Grants Commission, the only national accreditation authority in Bangladesh. Its Business School has applied for accreditation of South Asian Quality Improvement System (SAQS), an accrediting agency created by the Hyderabad-based AMDISA (Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia) with the technical help from EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System, Brussels and AACSBI, USA. The establishment of SAQS was largely funded by European Union. NSU has already got two of the senior Business School Professors trained in how to respond to the SAQS accreditation requirements.

Collaboration with Foreign Universities[edit]

NSU maintains academic collaboration with many foreign universities. Notable among those universities are:

  • St. Xavier University, Chicago, USA;
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA;
  • University of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA;
  • Luton University, UK;
  • Coventry University, UK;
  • University of Delaware, USA;
  • University of Maryland, USA;
  • Quest University, Canada;
  • Yunnan University, China;
  • Multimedia University, Malaysia;
  • Wayne State University, USA;
  • University of South Australia, Australia;
  • Kyung Hee University, South Korea;
  • Woosang University, South Korea;
  • University of Manitoba, Canada;
  • Korea University, Seoul, Korea;
  • University of Bergen, Norway;
  • HEC, Paris, France;
  • The National Institute of Development Administrations (NIDA) Bangkok, Thailand;
  • Civil Service College, Singapore
  • McGill University, Quebec, Canada
  • McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

NSU has also research collaborations with world class research institutes, in its various academic programs in Biotechnology, Microbiology and Public Health.


NSU’s first convocation was held on 18 December 1996 when Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed, Honorable President of Bangladesh and Chancellor of NSU, conferred degrees upon 96 graduates. In the 2nd (1998), 3rd (1999) and 4th (2000) Convocations, degrees were conferred by the then Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Hafiz G.A. Siddiqi as authorized by Chancellor Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed. In the 4th Convocation held on November 25, 2000, 165 graduates including the first batch of 45 MBA graduates were conferred degrees. The 5th Convocation on November 11, 2001 Professor Dr. lajuddin Ahmed, Honorable President of Bangladesh and Chancellor of NSU conferred degrees upon 203 graduates. The Chancellor conferred degrees upon 251 graduates at the 6th Convocation on November 2, 2002. In the 7th Convocation on 6 December 2003, 8th Convocation on 24 November 2004, 9th Convocation on 21 December 2005, 10th Convocation on 28 November 2006, 11th Convocation on 19 November 2007, 12th Convocation on 17 May 2009 and in the 13th Convocation on 9 January 2010 the numbers of graduates were 307, 375, 475, 518, 610, 1073, 726 respectively. In the 12th Convocation held on 17 May 2009, honorable Education Minister, Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid & in the 13th Convocation held on 9 January 2010, Mr. Md. Zillur Rahman, honorable President of The Peoples Republic of Bangladesh & Chancellor of NSU conferred degrees. In this 14th Convocation (2011) the Honorable Chancellor conferred degrees upon 1640 graduates thus bringing the total number of graduates produced by NSU to 6676. Most of these graduates are employed in national and multinational companies. Many are pursuing higher studies at renowned universities

Student activity clubs[edit]

  • NSU Computer Club
  • North South University Shangskritik Shangathan
  • NSU Wireless Forum
  • NSU Model UN Club
  • NSU Society of Science Engineering & Technology Club
  • Earth Club
  • English Club
  • NSU Social Service Club
  • NSU Games and Sports Club
  • Photography Club
  • Cine & drama Club
  • Debate Club
  • Life Sciences Club
  • Young Economists' Forum


The university publishes a journal called Panini.[9]


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