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Seal of BRAC University
|Type||Private, research university|
|Chancellor||President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid|
|Colours||Blue Black Grey|
|Sports||Football and Cricket|
Brac University (Bengali: ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, also known as BracU) is a private research university in Bangladesh.
According to the QS Asia Rankings, The university was ranked as the #1 Private University in Bangladesh for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019.
The university is based on the American model with undergraduate degrees of 4-year duration. Initially, it offered a limited number of bachelor's degrees. As the university grew and institutional capacity was built, it expanded the variety of programs and introduced master's degrees. Brac University started with 3 departments and around 80 students in 2001. It has expanded to 11,200 students studying at 20 schools, departments and institutes in 2020.
The development of a library with high academic standard was a key focus of Sir Abed. When Brac University was founded in 2001, every other university library in Bangladesh lacked a sufficient number of books as well as resources to develop libraries further. The Ayesha Abed Library was digitized shortly after its inception.
Brac University is located at 66 Mohakhali Commercial Area in buildings owned by BRAC. Land for a new permanent campus was acquired during the last years. The construction is currently ongoing and will be finished in 2021.
The Residential Campus in Savar was founded in 2003 and substantially expanded in 2012.
The Residential Campus is an integral part of Brac University. Each student will spend one semester in Savar on the Residential Campus, taking specific academic courses as well as executing community tasks. On the weekends, the students visit orphanages, homes for the elderly and surrounding signature sites. Traditionally, in Bangladesh, students do not leave their family homes during their university years. This program is the only one in Bangladesh that gives them the opportunity to live in an independent setting for the first time.
Resources and facilities
- Ayesha Abed Library
- Fabrication Lab
- Counseling Unit at RS
- GDLN Centre
- Courseware Moodle
- MSDN Academic Allience
Brac University is currently building a new campus. It will be located at KHA 224, Progati Sarani, Merul Badda, Dhaka 1212. WOHA Designs Pte Ltd., an architectural firm based in Singapore, has designed this project. On 26 October 2019 the founder of Brac University, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, laid the foundation stone.
The land for the new campus encompasses 5 acres in its entirety. The university building will have an area of 1,700,000 square feet, 13 floors and 3 basements. There will be an auditorium with 700 seats, a multipurpose hall with 1850 seats, classrooms, labs, design studios, lecture theatres, data centre for IT related use, UPS, CCTVs, solar panels, a cafeteria, an e-library, recreation facilities, a parking lot, rooftop playground, park, and a lake.
Brac University is planning to build a medical school. It will be located on a separate new campus in Dhaka Village, Village-Mohuri, Upazila-Rupganj, District-Narayanganj. The land will span across 140 Bigha, circa 56 acres.
Organization and administration
Leadership and management
The Leadership, as it exists in 2020, has been recognized in 2011.
Brac University's Chancellor is the President of Bangladesh. The Board of Trustees is the highest policy making body of Brac University. It consists of 12 members, one of them is the Vice-Chancellor ex-officio.
The syndicate serves as the executive authority responsible for the supervision and management of academic and administrative functions and the general management of the University. Three of the nine voting roles on the Syndicate are reserved for the Vice-Chancellor and his/ her leadership team.
The university administration is led by the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, the Controller of Examinations and the Heads of the various academic and administrative units.
|Year of Joining||Expiration of Tenure of Office||Name|
|2001||2010||Jamilur Reza Choudhury|
|2014||2018||Syed Saad Andaleeb|
Brac University consists of different academic units. Departments with faculty are sufficient for rolling out academic programs. Schools serve the purpose of supporting strategic initiatives at a more abstract level. The institutes are entities of Brac University, but they work independently. The centers have each their own projects, which they conduct within the university realms.
Schools and institutes
Brac Business School
School of Data and Sciences
School of Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
School of General Education
School of Law
Graduate School of Management
School of Life Sciences
School of General Education
James P. Grant School of Public Health
Brac Institute of Governance and Development
Brac Institute of Educational Development
Brac Institute of Languages
Department of Architecture
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Department of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Department of English and Humanities
Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Pharmacy
Centre for Peace and Justice
Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
Centre for Entrepreneurship Development
Professional Development Centre
Centre for Inclusive Architecture and Urbanism
Centre for Emotional Intelligence and Innovation
Brac University was founded with the intention to support financially disadvantaged students. The university has different scholarship programs and forms of financial aid for national and international students. One of the early donors was the BRAC Ford scholarship program. During the last years the university has been supported by the Open Society Foundations.
Brac University's Office of Student Life (OSL) was conceptualised in 2019, after Vice-Chancellor Vincent Chang joined, with the overall objective of improving the student experience. It was launched in November 2019. The primary departments under OSL are the Department of Career Services, Alumni Affairs, and Clubs & Societies.
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