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University of Chittagong
চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
University of Chittagong logo.svg
Seal of the University of Chittagong
Other name
Chittagong University
TypePublic university, Coeducational
Established18 November 1966
ChancellorPresident of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid
Vice-ChancellorShireen Akhter[1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
311 (Male 277, Female 34)[2]
(Male 15,598, Female 9,179)[2]
22°28′12″N 91°47′25″E / 22.469928°N 91.790405°E / 22.469928; 91.790405Coordinates: 22°28′12″N 91°47′25″E / 22.469928°N 91.790405°E / 22.469928; 91.790405
CampusRural, 2,110 acres (8.5 km2)
NicknameCU (চবি)
AffiliationsUniversity Grants Commission
Association of Commonwealth Universities
University of Chittagong wordmark logo.svg

University of Chittagong (Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a public research university with multidisciplinary faculties situated across a 2110-acre hilly landmass in Fatehpur Union of Hathazari Upazila, 22 kilometres north of Chittagong city of Bangladesh. This university has the largest campus among Bangladeshi universities. The academic activities of the university formally began on 18 November 1966. It has about 24,000 students and more than 1000 faculty members.[3]

University of Chittagong at a glance
LocationFatehpur Union, Hathazari Upazila, Chittagong District, Bangladesh
22 kilometre from Chittagong city
Area2110-acre (8.5 km2)
Academic Faculties10
Academic Departments54
Research Centers5
Affiliated Institutes6
Affiliated Colleges9
Degrees Awarded
UndergradBA, MA, BEd, BSc, MSc, MS, BBA, MBA, LLB, LLM, MEd, BSS, MSS, M.B.B.S. B.U.M.S
PostgradM.Phil., PhD, M.D., M.P.H
TypesMale:8, Female:4, Coed:1
Teaching Staff1007
Other StaffOfficer:430, 3rd Class Staff:620, 4th Class Staff:1440


University of Chittagong is located in Fatehpur Union, Hathazari Upazila about 22 kilometres north[2] of the Chittagong city around 1754 acres of hilly and flat land.[4]


Chittagong University in 1970.

Chittagong University was founded on 3 December 1965 by Fazlul Qadir Chaudhry in Chittagong City.[5] He was one of the main facilitators for the demand of the university.[4]

Current vice-chancellor[edit]

On June 3, 2019, the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of Bangladesh appointed Dr. Shirin Akhter as the 18th VC of the university temporarily on a routine duty. Her official appointment as VC was confirmed on November 4, 2019 by the President, as well as the chancellor of CU, Mohammad Abdul Hamid. She is the first female VC in the history of University of Chittagong. She was born at Eid Gao in Cox's Bazar on May 1, 1956. She completed her S.S.C from Cox'sbazar Government Girls School in 1973 and H.S.C from Chittagong Government Women's College in 1975. She completed her B.A and M.A on Bengali Language and Literature from the University of Chittagong in 1978 and 1981 respectively. Prof. Shirin Akhter joined the university as a lecturer of Bangla Department in 1996 after completing her PhD from Jadavpur University in India. She has also acted as the Pro-VC of the University from March 28, 2016 to November 4, 2019.

List of vice-chancellors[edit]

Following is the complete list of the vice-chancellors.[6]

  1. A R Mallick (01.10.1966 to 31 January 1972)
  2. U. N. Siddiqui (Acting V.C.) (21 April 1971 to 30 January 1972)
  3. M Innas Ali (01.02.1972 to 18 April 1973)
  4. Abul Fazal (19 April 1973 to 27 November 1975)
  5. Abdul Karim (28 November 1975 to 18 April 1981)
  6. M. A. Aziz Khan (19 April 1981 to 18 April 1985)
  7. Mohammad Ali (19 April 1985 to 22 May 1988)
  8. Alamgir Muhammad Serajuddin (23 May 1988 to 29 December 1991)
  9. Rafiqul Islam Chowdhury (30 December 1991 to 6 November 1996)
  10. Abdul Mannan (06.11.1996 to 13 February 2001)
  11. Md. Fazle Hossain (14 February 2001 to 2 February 2002)
  12. A. J. M. Nuruddin Chowdhury (2 February 2002 to 2 February 2006)
  13. Badiul Alam (8 February 2006 to 24 February 2009)
  14. Abu Yousuf (25 February 2009 to 28 November 2010)
  15. Md. Alauddin (Acting V.C.) (09.12.2010 to 14 June 2011)
  16. Anwarul Azim Arif (15 June 2011 to 14 June 2015)
  17. Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury (15 June 2015 to 12 June 2019)
  18. Shireen Akhter (13 June 2019 to present)

Academic departments[edit]

Faculty of Arts and Humanities :

  1. Department of English
  2. Department of Bangla
  3. Department of Philosophy
  4. Department of Bangladesh Studies
  5. Department of History
  6. Department of Dramatics
  7. Department of Sanskrit
  8. Department of Arabic
  9. Department of Islamic History and Culture
  10. Department of Islamic Studies
  11. Department of Pali
  12. Department of Persian Language & Literature
  13. Department of Music

Faculty of Biological Sciences :

  1. Department of Soil Science
  2. Department of Botany
  3. Department of Zoology
  4. Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
  5. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  6. Department of Pharmacy
  7. Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
  8. Department of Psychology
  9. Department of Microbiology

Faculty of Science:

  1. Department of Physics
  2. Department of Chemistry
  3. Department of Mathematics
  4. Department of Statistics
  5. Department of Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Marine Science and Fisheries :

  1. Department of Oceanography
  2. Department of Fisheries

Faculty of Engineering :

  1. Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  2. Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Faculty of Social Sciences :

  1. Department of International Relations
  2. Department of Public Administration
  3. Department of Economics
  4. Department of Communication and Journalism
  5. Department of Criminology and Police Science
  6. Department of Political Science
  7. Department of Development Studies
  8. Department of Sociology
  9. Department of Anthropology

Faculty of Law :

  1. Department of Law

Faculty of Business Administration :

  1. Department of Accounting
  2. Department of Finance
  3. Department of Banking and Insurance
  4. Department of Management
  5. Department of Marketing
  6. Department of Human Resource Management
  7. Chittagong University Center for Business Administration

Faculty of Education :

  1. Department of Physical Education and Sports Science

Institutes :



The Chittagong University Library is situated on the university campus, and since 1990, has been housed in its own building of 56,700 square feet. The library is managed by a 14-member Library Committee. The library collection consists of about 350,000 books and over 40,000 bound journals.[7]

Chittagong University Museum[edit]

The Chittagong University Museum was established on 14 June 1973. The museum started with a collection of artifacts from the History Department. It collected fossils from Nasirabad hills. The museum build up a collection of historical artifacts and painting.[8][9]

University Shuttle Train[edit]

The University Shuttle Train is a unique quality of this University. This train operated by Bangladesh Railway eastern division and monitored by university authority. Everyday thousands of students come for classes and return to their home through this train. [10] As per the new schedule, CU-bound trains will leave Chittagong Railway Station at 7:30am, 8:00am, 3:50pm, 5:30pm, and 8:30pm while they will leave from Sholoshohor station at 9:45am and 10:30am. Besides, city-bound trains will leave CU Railway Station at 8:45am, 9:20am, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 9.30pm.


Residential halls[edit]

There are currently 14 residential halls at the University of Chittagong, out of which 9 (1 under construction) are boy's halls and 5 (1 under construction) girl's [2][4]

Monuments and sculptures[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Faculty members[edit]

  • Jamal Nazrul Islam, theoretical physicist and mathematician. Ex-Professor, Mathematics Department. Ex-Professor Emeritus and founding Director of Jamal Nazrul Islam Research Center for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (JNIRCMPS).
  • Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, 2006 winner of Nobel Prize in peace. Former professor of Economics ; initiated a microcredit program in the adjacent area of Jobra, Hathazari, Chittagong.
  • Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh. Ex-Professor, Management Department.

Honorary doctorates[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DU VC reappointed; CU, BU get new VC". The Daily Star. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "University of Chittagong at a Glance". University of Chittagong. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  3. ^ "University of Chittagong". Banglapedia. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Fayezul Azim (January 2003). "University of Chittagong". In Sirajul Islam; Amirul Islam Chowdhury (online) (eds.). Banglapedia (Online). Bangladesh: Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  5. ^ Administrator. "List of Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Vice-Chancellors". University of Chittagong. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  7. ^ Administrator. "About Central Library". Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  8. ^ Hossain, Shamsul. "Chittagong University Museum". Banglapedia. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Treasures of Chittagong University Museum". The Daily Star. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  10. ^ Administrator. "Transportation". Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  11. ^ a b সাফাত জামিল শুভ (9 October 2015). চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় প্রাকৃতিক সৌন্দর্যের লীলাভূমি (in Bengali). ournewsbd. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  12. ^ " – Online shopping in Bangladesh". Retrieved 16 June 2015.

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