North South University

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North South University
নর্থ সাউথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Seal of North South University
Motto Center of Excellence in Higher Education[1]
Type Private
Established 1992 (1992)
Chancellor President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid
Vice-Chancellor Atiqul Islam
Academic staff
907 (including 449 impermanent/adjunct faculty) (2015)
Administrative staff
223 (2015)
Students 13,990 (2015)[2]
Undergraduates 12,068 (2015)
Postgraduates 1,922 (2015)
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, 665,000 sq ft (61,800 m2)
Language English
Blue and white

North South University (Bengali: নর্থ সাউথ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় [nortʰ sautʰ biʃʃobiddalɔe̯], also known as NSU) is the first non-government university in Bangladesh. Its Business School is also the first in Bangladesh to receive American accreditation from ACBSP.[3]

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 Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.

The university ranked 1st among the private universities and 12th among all the universities in research output on the Bangladesh University Ranking 2017.[4]


The university's campus is located at Bashundhara in Dhaka. It is the largest private university in Bangladesh, in terms of student population and 2nd largest in terms of campus size after American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB). The foundation of the campus was laid on 30 January 2003 by Begum Khaleda Zia.[5] Classes started in the permanent campus from 9 June 2009.[6]

NSU front view

This campus can serve up to 20,000 students with amenities and facilities. It contains six buildings with three basements on six acres of land having 665,000 square feet of floorspace.[7]


List of vice-chancellors[edit]


The NSU library has 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,[9][10] 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 every day.

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.[11]

Academic departments[edit]

The university's ten departments are organized into four schools.

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

School of Business and Economics (SBE)[edit]

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at North South University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).[12] Its the first Business school in Bangladesh to receive American accreditation.[3] The School of Business and Economics (SBE) consists of four departments.

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering[13]
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering

School of Humanities & Social Sciences[edit]

  • Department of English & Modern Languages
  • Department of History & Philosophy
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Political Science & Sociology

School of Health & Life Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology
  • Department of Environmental Science and Management
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Department of Public Health


NSU has four institutes and one center:

Institute of Development, Environment and Strategic Studies (IDESS)[edit]

The Institute of Development, Environment and Strategic Studies (IDESS) is a research center.[14]

NSU Global Health Institute (NGHI)[edit]

The NSU Global Health Institute (NGHI) at NSU was established NGHI for discovery and competency development of human welfare aiming to build strengthen the emerging field of global health response and leadership.[15]

NSU Genome Research Institute (NGRI)[edit]

The NSU Genome Research Institute (NGRI) at NSU was established NGI for discovery and competency development of human welfare aiming to build strengthen the emerging field of genomic research field leadership, which is the first genomic research institute in Bangladesh.

Confucius Institute[edit]

The Confucius Institute at NSU was established in February 2006, the only language institute in Bangladesh which offers Chinese-language only education.[16]

International organizations[edit]

IEEE NSU Student Branch[edit]

IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.[17]

IEEE NSU Student Branch is dedicated to promoting technological progress, innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. We are a technical subunit of IEEE NSU Student Branch societies which associates with valuable resources available from IEEE NSU Student Branch. We are North South University's only internationally recognized student organization for Engineers and computer scientists. It provides an opportunity for student members to begin networking in their areas of interest, and future profession.A group of enthusiasts were brought together and entrusted upon the thriving vision to form an active and successful student chapter of IEEE NSU SB. We envision to serve, inspire and get inspired to change our community and cultivate our fellow engineers in their relative engineering fields through interactive learning, various projects/workshops, technical visits and field trips that will help them to gain a better understanding of the professional environment and technical progress and enable their careers.[18]

NSU ACM Student Chapter[edit]

NSU ACMSC is the only ACM Student Chapter in Bangladesh to get official recognition from ACM.

The NSU ACM Student Chapter has hosted some important events such as NSU Capstone program and Inter University Programming Contest (IUPC).

NSU Problem Solving Community is an affiliated community of NSU ACMSC.[19]


The university publishes a journal called Panini.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Corruption allegation: In 2012, University Grants Commission found some instances of corruption of universities trustee board's chairman. So, the education ministry dissolved the trustee board.[23] One of trustee member's was charged with corruption.[24]
  • Students involved militancy: In 2016, some former students and faculties were found to have links with militant activities.[25] Some of them were involved in violent armed assault.[26][27]

Investigators found printed materials published by militant groups in library.[25]

UGC had suggested measures to curb the involvement by students attendance tracking, online monitoring by guardians and student participation in social activities.[28]


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  3. ^ a b "NSU receives ACBSP Certificate". Daily Sun (Press release). 22 June 2016.
  4. ^ The ResearchHUB (2017). "Bangladesh University Ranking 2017". The ResearchHUB.
  5. ^ "New Campus Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  6. ^ "NSU commences classes at the new campus". Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  7. ^ "NSU holds Fall 2009 orientation Ceremony at its own campus". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Dr Siddiqi, NSU vice-chancellor". The Daily Star. 2003-01-03. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  9. ^ "Use of ICT in Libraries: An Empirical Study of Selected Libraries in Bangladesh". Retrieved 2010-03-07.
  10. ^ "Library Automation in Bangladesh: The Dhaka University Library Experiences". Retrieved 2010-03-07.
  11. ^ NSU Library. "Library At a glance". Retrieved 2010-03-02.
  12. ^ "North South University". Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
  13. ^ "ETE Course Module".
  14. ^ "IDESS". North South University.
  15. ^ "NSU Global Health Institute (NGHI): About Us". North South University.
  16. ^ "Confucius Institute in Bangladesh cements relations". Retrieved 2010-03-01.
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  19. ^ "Problem Solving Community". Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.
  20. ^ PANINI. "Panini: NSU STUDIES IN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE". Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
  21. ^ Anik, Syed (2018-04-20). "Reuters' Ponir Hossain discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning photos". The Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  22. ^ "Photography Staff of Reuters". Pulitzers. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  23. ^ "UGC Found NSU Chairman Guilty of Irregularities & Corruption". Eduicon. Eduicon. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  24. ^ Ali, Imran (30 July 2016). "NSU, what's going on?". The Asian Age. The Asian Age. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  25. ^ a b "'Govt alert about goings-on in North South University, says Nahid'". 10 July 2016.
  26. ^ "Bangladesh Says It Now Knows Who's Killing the Bloggers". The New York Times. 8 June 2016.
  27. ^ "Terrorism: UGC team visits Dhaka's North South University". 14 July 2016.
  28. ^ "NSU students under surveillance". Dhaka Tribune. 15 July 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2017.

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