Vincent Chang (academic)

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Vincent Chang
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President & Vice-Chancellor of BRAC University
Assumed office
Preceded bySyed Saad Andaleeb

Vincent Chang is an academic and currently serves as the vice-chancellor and the inaugural president of BRAC University.[1][2][3]


He received a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University, an MPA from Harvard University, and an MBA from Yale University, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from University of California, Berkeley and a second Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[4]


Pre academia[edit]

His pre-academia experiences, mainly in the US, included medical imaging, energy, investment, marketing and consulting, with start-up firms as well as JP Morgan, McKinsey, ExxonMobil and the US Federal Reserve.[1]

Academic career[edit]

Vincent Chang served as executive dean of Peking University HSBC Business School, established as China's first all-English international business school.[5] He was founding president and planning director of the University of Business and Technology in Oman (academically affiliated with Virginia Tech in the US),[2] and inaugural chair for institutional development at Chinese University of Hong Kong in China.[6]

Brac University[edit]

Shortly after joining Brac University in February 2019, he introduced Brac University 2.0 as Bangladesh's international university and a research institution.[7] He has three objectives for the university: internationalization, student life, and research with impact.[8]

Vincent Chang and Brac University students in 2019
Vincent Chang (President Brac University), Ban Ki-moon (former Secretary-General of the United Nations) at Brac University's 13th commencement on November 23, 2019

During his first year in office, he created the Graduate School of Management, School of Data and Sciences, School of Life Sciences, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Architecture and Design, and School of General Education, in addition to the School of Engineering, School of Law, School of Business, and School of Public Health. The School of Medicine is under planning.

In March 2019, Vincent Chang visited the Rohingya refugee camps, which are located in the vicinity of Cox's Bazar, near Myanmar. Over one million Rohingyas have taken refuge in the camps following a Myanmar military crackdown in Rakhine State in August 2017. He has since committed Brac University to humanitarian research about the Rohingyas.[9]

Following the visit, he supported the partnership between Brac University's Centre for Peace and Justice and the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS). An International Conclave on Justice and Accountability for the Rohingyas was held in The Hague, Netherlands, on October 18, 2019.[10] The Conclave opened up constructive debates around the Rohingya crisis.[11]

He officially introduced Brac University 2.0 on October 26, 2019 in the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for Brac University's new campus. The founder of Brac University, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed laid the foundation stone.[12]

In December 2019, Vincent Chang received the Bangladesh's national flag that was taken into space by Bangladesh's first nano-satellite BRAC Onnesha. The flag was delivered by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The satellite was developed by Brac University School of Engineering's faculty and students. [13]

Vincent Chang and Sir Fazle Hasan Abed at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Brac University's new campus on October 28, 2019

In January 2020, he mandated the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme into Brac University's student life curriculum.[14] It is the first University in Bangladesh to make it an essential student experience.[15]

He was instrumental in Brac University's inaugural membership of the Open Society University Network.[16] George Soros announced the University's involvement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 24, 2020.

Under his leadership, Brac University ranked GLOBAL TOP 50 for 'Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 1): No poverty' in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020.[17] Brac University's performance has been found to be particularly encouraging in delivering the goals in the university's research on poverty and their support for poor students and citizens in the local community.[18]

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vincent Chang launched the Student Assistance Fund in May 2020.[19][20] In June 2020, he launched Brac University's online learning platform buX.[21][22][23][excessive citations]

Vincent Chang with the Prime Minister of Bhutan in March 2021

Vincent Chang was elected as a steering committee member of the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities in February 2021.[24] The advisory body provides guidance for the network. The Talloires Network of Engaged Universities is a growing global coalition of presidents, vice-chancellors and rectors from 410 universities in 79 countries. The steering committee consists of 13 international members.

In a meeting with the President of Nepal, Bidya Devi Bhandari and the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lotay Tshering in Dhaka in March 2021, Vincent Chang explained his vision on becoming an international institution.[25]

Speeches at Brac University[edit]

Follow Your Heart, Dare to Be Different

What’s Making Brac University 2.0?

Worst of Times, Best of Times

The Sky Is Not the Limit


  1. ^ a b "Prof Vincent Chang joins BRAC University as Vice Chancellor". The Financial Express. Dhaka. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  2. ^ a b "Prof Vincent Chang new VC of Bracu". The Daily Star. 2019-02-14. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  3. ^ "Prof Vincent Chang joins BRAC University as vice-chancellor". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  4. ^ "Brac University appoints new vice chancellor". Dhaka Tribune. 2019-02-12. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  5. ^ "Shenzhen". CUHK Business School. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  6. ^ "Vincent Chang - Guest Professors - Peking University HSBC Business School(PHBS)". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  7. ^ "BU2.0". Brac University.
  8. ^ "BU2.0 Mission". Brac University.
  9. ^ "BRACU to provide edn facilities to Rohingyas". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  10. ^ "The Hague Conclave on Justice and Accountability for the Rohingya held". Dhaka Tribune. 2019-10-19. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  11. ^ Simons, Marlise (2019-11-11). "Myanmar Genocide Lawsuit Is Filed at United Nations Court". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  12. ^ "Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony Brac University". Brac University.
  13. ^ "BRAC Onnesha". Brac University.
  14. ^ "Brac University partners with Duke of Edinburgh award". The Daily Star. 2020-01-31. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  15. ^ "BRACU to give Duke of Edinburgh's Awards". New Age. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  16. ^ "George Soros Announces Global Initiative to Transform Higher Education". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  17. ^ "BRAC University among GLOBAL TOP 50 for SDG 1 on THE Impact Rankings 2020". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  18. ^ "Brac University ranks top 50 globally for SDG 1". The Business Standard. 2020-04-25. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  19. ^ "Brac University establishes student assistance fund". The Business Standard. 2020-05-30. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  20. ^ "Brac University to waive all non-tuition fees for summer 2020". The Daily Star. 2020-05-30. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  21. ^ "Brac University launches online learning platform 'buX'". The Daily Star. 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  22. ^ "Brac University to launch online learning platform 'buX'". The Business Standard. 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  23. ^ "BRAC University launches 'buX'". New Age. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  24. ^ "Talloires Network of Engaged Universities Steering Committee". Talloires Network of Engaged Universities. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
  25. ^ "Brac University VC meets Honorable President of Nepal and Honorable Prime Minister of Bhutan".