North South University

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North South University.
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
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 the Private University Act (PUA) 1992 (now replaced by PUA 2010). The university was formally inaugurated on 10 February 1993 by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.


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

The university's campus is at Bashundhara in 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 buildings are the 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 the North Academic Building and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Life Sciences are located in the South Academic Building. The resource lab is located on level 6 of the library building.


The NSU library has six floors with over 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2) floor area on the southeastern side of the campus. It is the first fully automated university library in Bangladesh using its own library management software,[5][6] which supports RFID system, web-based online circulation system, full-text e-books and online journal article repository services. The library can accommodate over 1,200 students in its reading rooms. On average 2,000 students use the library everyday.

As of August 2014, the library holds 49,500 books, 50,000 online books, 6,000 bound journals (Foreign and local) and magazines, 1,890 CD-ROM databases and books, 226 DVD and videos, 159 audio-cassettes, and other resources.[7] It subscribes to 20 local journals, 18 foreign and 19 local magazines, two foreign dailies and most of the leading national dailies published from Dhaka. The NSU library is the pioneer of subscribing online journals and MyAthens in Bangladesh. It started subscription to online journals with JSTOR, IEEE, ACM Digital library and 39 titles of online journals in various disciplines for the first time in 2002. After that the other libraries started subscription to online journals in the country. Now it has access over 40,000 online journals of 52 publishers including Ebsco, Emerald, Blackwell, JSTOR, ACM, Oxford University Press, Wiley, Springer,ASCE and other major databases.

Academic programs[edit]

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


  1. School of Business
    • Department of Accounting & Finance
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Management
    • Department of Marketing & International Business
  2. School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
    • Department of Architecture
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Department of Mathematics and Physics
  3. School of Humanities & Social Sciences
    • Department of English & Modern Languages
    • Department of History & Philosophy
    • Department of Law
    • Department of Political Science & Sociology
  4. School of Health & Life Sciences
    • Department of Biology & Chemistry
    • Department of Environmental Science and Management
    • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Department of Public Health


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 Chinese-language only education. Some 600 students have been enrolled and nearly 100 Bangladeshis are learning Chinese at the Institute now.[8]
  • Center for Information & Communication Technology (CICT)

Collaboration with Foreign Universities[edit]

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

  • Harvard University, USA;
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA;
  • Johns Hopkins University, USA;
  • Indiana University of 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

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

Student activity clubs[edit]

NSU Social Services Club winter clothes distribution
  • NSU Social Services Club
  • NSU Cine & Drama Club
  • NSU Earth Club
  • NSU English Club
  • NSU Life Sciences Club
  • NSU Computer Club[9]
  • NSU Debate Club
  • NSU Finance Club
  • NSU Games and Sports Club
  • NSU Model UN Club
  • NSU Photography Club
  • NSU Pharmacy Students' Club
  • NSU Society of Science Engineering & Technology Club
  • North South University Shangskritik Shangathan
  • Young Economists' Forum
  • Young Entrepreneurs Society[10]


The university publishes a journal called Panini.[11]


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