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List of universities in Bangladesh

Public universities

Locations of Public Universities in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has 53[3] public universities to the bulk of higher studies students. These universities are funded by the government while managed as self-governed organizations.

Dhaka division is home to thirteen public universities, among which eight are in Dhaka City. There are seven public universities in Chittagong division, six in Rajshahi division five in Khulna division, four in Mymensingh Division. Each of Rangpur division, Sylhet division & Barisal division has two. as of 2020 the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh has introduce the cluster system for students enrollment. According to this system all public universities in Bangladesh should be sorted in five clusters i.e. one for agricultural universities; one for science and technology universities, one for engineering universities, one for medical universities and the last one for general studies universities.[4][5][6]

Mir Mosharrof Hossain Hall, Jahangirnagar University
Administrative Building, University of Rajshahi
Academic building, Barisal University
War memorial sculpture in Bangladesh Agricultural University
Administrative building of Jagannath University
Portion of new academic building of KUET as seen from the front

General universities

University[a]AcronymEstablished[b][c]LocationDivisionSpecializationPh.D. granting
University of Dhaka[7]DU1921DhakaDhaka divisionGeneralYes
University of Rajshahi[8]RU1953RajshahiRajshahi divisionGeneralYes
University of Chittagong[9]CU1966ChittagongChittagong divisionGeneralYes
Jahangirnagar University[10]JU1970Savar, DhakaDhaka divisionGeneralYes
Islamic University, Bangladesh[11]IU1979KushtiaKhulna divisionGeneralYes
Khulna University[12]KU1991KhulnaKhulna divisionGeneralYes
Jagannath University[13]JnU2005DhakaDhaka divisionGeneralYes
Comilla University[14]CoU2006ComillaChittagong divisionGeneralYes
Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University[15]JKKNIU2006MymensinghMymensingh divisionGeneralYes
Bangladesh University of ProfessionalsBUP2008DhakaDhaka divisionGeneralYes
Begum Rokeya University[16]BRU2008RangpurRangpur divisionGeneralYes
University of Barisal[17]BU2011BarisalBarisal divisionGeneralYes
Rabindra University, Bangladesh[18]RUB2017SirajganjRajshahi divisionGeneralYes
Sheikh Hasina University[19]SHU2018NetrokonaMymensingh divisionGeneralYes
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman UniversityBSMRU2020KishoreganjDhaka divisionGeneralYes

Medical universities

UniversityAcronymFoundedLocationSpecializationPh.D. granting
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical UniversityBSMMU1998DhakaMedicalNo
Chittagong Medical UniversityCMU2017ChittagongMedicalNo
Rajshahi Medical UniversityRMU2017RajshahiMedicalNo
Sylhet Medical UniversitySMU2018SylhetMedicalNo
Sheikh Hasina Medical UniversitySHMU2020KhulnaMedicalNo

Science and Technology universities

UniversityAcronymFoundedLocationDivisionSpecializationPh.D. granting
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology[20]SUST1986SylhetSylhet divisionSTEMYes
Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University[21]HSTU1999DinajpurRangpur divisionSTEMYes
Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University[22]MBSTU1999TangailDhaka divisionSTEMYes
Patuakhali Science and Technology University[23]PSTU2000PatuakhaliBarisal divisionSTEMYes
Noakhali Science and Technology University[24]NSTU2006NoakhaliChittagong divisionSTEMYes
Jashore University of Science and Technology[25]JUST2007JessoreKhulna divisionSTEMYes
Pabna University of Science and Technology[26]PUST2008PabnaRajshahi divisionSTEMYes
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University[27]BSMRSTU2011GopalganjDhaka divisionSTEMYes
Rangamati Science and Technology University[28]RMSTU2014RangamatiChittagong divisionSTEMYes
Bangamata Sheikh Fojilatunnesa Mujib Science & Technology University[29]BSFMSTU2017JamalpurMymensingh divisionSTEMYes
Chandpur Science and Technology UniversityCSTU2020ChandpurChittagong divisionSTEMYes
Sunamganj Science and Technology University[30]SSTU2020SunamganjSylhet divisionSTEMYes
Bogura Science and Technology UniversityBSTU2020BoguraRajshahi divisionSTEMYes
Lakshmipur Science and Technology UniversityLSTU2020LakshmipurChittagong divisionSTEMYes

Specialized universities

UniversityAcronymFoundedLocationDivisionSpecializationPh.D. granting
Bangladesh University of Textiles[31]BUTEX2010DhakaDhaka divisionTextile EngineeringYes
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University[32]BSMRMU2013ChittagongChittagong divisionMaritime transportYes
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University[33]BSMRAAU2019LalmonirhatRangpur divisionAeronautical ScienceYes
Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University[34]CVASU2006ChittagongChittagong divisionVeterinary ScienceYes
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University[35]BDU2018KaliakoirDhaka divisionICT in educationNo

Agricultural universities

UniversityAcronymEstablished[d][e]LocationDivisionSpecializationPh.D. granting
Bangladesh Agricultural University[36]BAU1961MymensinghMymensingh divisionAgricultural ScienceYes
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University[37]BSMRAU1998GazipurDhaka divisionAgricultural ScienceYes
Sher-E-Bangla Agricultural University[38]SAU2001DhakaDhaka divisionAgricultural ScienceYes
Sylhet Agricultural University[39]SyAU2006SylhetSylhet divisionAgricultural ScienceYes
Khulna Agricultural University[40]KAU2019KhulnaKhulna divisionAgricultural scienceYes
Habiganj Agricultural UniversityHAU2020HabiganjSylhet divisionAgricultural scienceYes

Engineering universities

UniversityAcronymEstablished[f][g]LocationDivisionSpecializationPh.D. granting
Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology[41]BUET1962DhakaDhaka divisionEngineeringYes
Khulna University of Engineering & Technology[42]KUET2003KhulnaKhulna divisionEngineeringYes
Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology[43]CUET2003ChittagongChittagong divisionEngineeringYes
Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology[44]RUET2003RajshahiRajshahi divisionEngineeringYes
Dhaka University of Engineering & Technology[45]DUET2003GazipurDhaka divisionEngineeringYes

Off-campus universities

The following are the public universities that operate through a number of colleges all over Bangladesh instead of a localized campus.

UniversityAcronymFoundedLocationSpecializationPh.D. granting
Open University of Bangladesh[46]OUB1992GazipurGeneralYes
National University of Bangladesh[47]NUB1992GazipurGeneralYes
Islamic Arabic UniversityIAU2013DhakaIslamicNo

Private universities

Establishment of private universities in Bangladesh was initiated after the institution of the Private University Act 1992.[48] There are 80[49] such universities that are operational in five out of seven divisions of the country. The University of Comilla was established in 1995. Another 12 universities have been approved by UGC recently but yet to start operation. So the total number of an approved private university is now 97 (as of April 2018).

Most of the private universities are in Dhaka Division, totalling 51. All of them have their campuses in Dhaka city, concentrated mostly in the Gulshan, Dhanmondi, Panthapath and Uttara regions of the city. Two private universities in Dhaka specialize in science and technology, one specializes in women’s studies, and the others are general universities. Six private universities are located in Chittagong Division. All six have their main campuses in Chittagong city. International Islamic University, Chittagong has its urban campus in Kumira, outside the main city. Five of them are general universities, while one specializes in science and technology. The only private university in Rajshahi Division has its campus in Bogra. In Sylhet Division there are four private universities, all having their main campuses in Sylhet city. There is no private university in Barisal Division and Rangpur Division.

Daffodil International University permanent campus.

Prime University permanent campus at Mirpur.

American International University-Bangladesh permanent campus.
UniversityAcronymEstablished[h][i]LocationDivisionSpecializationPhD granting
International University of Business Agriculture and Technology[50]IUBAT1991DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
North South University[51]NSU1992DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
University of Science & Technology Chittagong[52]USTC1992ChittagongChittagong DivisionScience and technologyNo
Central Women’s University[53]CWU1993DhakaDhaka DivisionWomen’s studiesNo
Independent University, Bangladesh[54]IUB1993DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
American International University-Bangladesh[55]AIUB1994DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology[56]AUST1995DhakaDhaka DivisionEngineeringNo
Dhaka International University[57]DIU1995DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
International Islamic University, ChittagongIIUC1995ChittagongChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
Asian University of Bangladesh[58]AUB1996DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
East West University[59]EWU1996DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Gono Bishwabidyalay[60]GB1996DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
People’s University of Bangladesh[61][62]PUB1996DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Queens UniversityQU1996DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
University of Asia Pacific (Bangladesh)[63]UAP1996DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
BGMEA University of Fashion & TechnologyBUFT1999DhakaDhaka DivisionTextileNo
Chittagong Independent University (CIU)[64]CIU1999ChittagongChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
Bangladesh University[65]BU2001DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
BGC Trust University Bangladesh[66]BGCTUB2001ChittagongChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
BRAC University[67]BRAC2001DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Manarat International University[68]MIU2001DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Premier University, Chittagong[69]PU2001ChittagongChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
Pundra University of Science and Technology[70]PUST2001BograRajshahi DivisionScience & TechnologyNo
Southern University, Bangladesh[71]SUB2001ChittagongChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
Sylhet International University[72]SIU2001SylhetSylhet DivisionGeneralNo
City University, Bangladesh[73]CUB2002DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Daffodil International University[74]DIU2002DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Green University of Bangladesh[75]GUB2002DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
IBAIS University[76]IU2002DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Leading University[77]LU2002SylhetSylhet and Dhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Northern University, Bangladesh[78]NUB2002DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Northern University of Business and Technology KhulnaNUB2010KhulnaKhulna DivisionGeneralNo
Prime University[79]PU2002DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Southeast University[80]SEU2002DhakaDhaka and Sylhet DivisionGeneralNo
Stamford University Bangladesh[81]SU2002DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
State University of Bangladesh[82]SUB2002DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
University of Development Alternative[83]UODA2002DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Bangladesh University of Business and Technology[84]BUBT2003DhakaDhaka DivisionScience and technologyNo
Eastern University, Bangladesh[85]EU2003DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Metropolitan University[86]MU2003SylhetSylhet DivisionGeneralNo
Millennium University[87]MU2003DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Presidency University[88]PU2003DhakaDhaka DivisionScience & TechnologyNo
Primeasia University[89]PAU2003DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Royal University of Dhaka[90]RUD2003DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology[91]SMUCT2003DhakaDhaka DivisionCreative technologyNo
United International University[92]UIU2003DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
University of Information Technology and Sciences[93]UITS2003DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
University of South Asia, Bangladesh[94]USAB2003DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Uttara University[95]UU2003DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Victoria University of Bangladesh[96]VUB2003DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
World University of Bangladesh[97]WUB2003DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology[98]ADUST2004DhakaDhaka DivisionScience and technologyNo
University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh[99]ULAB2004DhakaDhaka DivisionMedia studies and journalismNo
Asa University Bangladesh[100]ASAUB2006DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Bangladesh Islami University[101]BIU2006DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
East Delta University[102]EDU2006ChittagongChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
Britannia University[103]BU2010ComillaChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
Feni University[104]FU2010FeniChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
Khwaja Yunus Ali University[105]KYAU2010Enayetpur, SirajgonjRajshahi DivisionGeneralNo
Bangladesh University of Health Sciences[106][107]BUHS2012DhakaDhaka DivisionHealth SciencesNo
European University of Bangladesh[108]EUB2012DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
First Capital University Of Bangladesh[109]FCUB2012ChuadangaKhulna DivisionGeneralNo
Hamdard University BangladeshHUB2012DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Ishakha International University[110]IIUB2012KishoreganjDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
North East University BangladeshNEUB2012SylhetSylhet DivisionGeneralNo
North Western University, BangladeshNWU2012KhulnaKhulna DivisionGeneralNo
Port City International University[111]PCIU2012ChittagongChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
Sonargaon University[112]SU2012DhakaDhaka DivisionEngineering & Technology, Business,LawNo
Varendra University[113]VU2012RajshahiRajshahi DivisionGeneralNo
ZH Sikder University of Science & Technology[114]ZHSUST2012ShariatpurDhaka DivisionScience & TechnologyNo
Rajshahi Science & Technology University[115]RSTU2013NatoreRajshahi DivisionScience and TechnologyNo
Cox’s Bazar International University[116]CBIU2013Cox’s BazarChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
Exim Bank Agricultural University Bangladesh[117]EBAUB2013ChapainawabganjRajshahi DivisionAgriculturalNo
Fareast International University[118]FIU2013DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
German University Bangladesh[119]GUB2013GazipurDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
North Bengal International University[120]NBIU2013RajshahiRajshahi DivisionGeneralNo
Notre Dame University BangladeshNDUB2013DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Ranada Prasad Shaha UniversityRPSU2013NarayanganjDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib University[121]SFMMU2013JamalpurMymensingh DivisionGeneralNo
Times University Bangladesh[122]TMUB2013FaridpurDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Bangladesh Army International University of Science & Technology[123]BAIUST2015ComillaChittagong DivisionScience and TechnologyNo
Bangladesh Army University of Engineering & Technology[124]BAUET2015NatoreRajshahi DivisionEngineering and TechnologyNo
Bangladesh Army University of Science and Technology[125]BAUST2015SaidpurRangpur DivisionEngineering and TechnologyNo
Canadian University of Bangladesh[126]CUST2015DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
CCN University of Science & Technology[127]CCNUST2015ComillaChittagong DivisionScience and TechnologyNo
Global University Bangladesh[128]GUB2015BarisalBarisal DivisionGeneralNo
NPI University of Bangladesh[129]NPIUB2015ManikganjDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Rabindra Maitree University[130]RMU2015KushtiaKhulna DivisionGeneralNo
The International University of Scholars[131]TIUS2015DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
University of Creative Technology Chittagong[132]UCTC2015ChittagongChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
Anwer Khan Modern University[133]AKMU2016DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
Central University of Science and Technology[134]CUST2016DhakaDhaka DivisionScience & TechnologyNo
Tagore University of Creative Arts[135]TUCA2016DhakaDhaka DivisionCreativeNo
University of Global Village[136]UIGV2016BarisalBarisal DivisionGeneralNo
Bandarban University[137]BU2018BandarbanChittagong DivisionGeneralNo
Trust University, Barishal[138]TU2018BarisalBarisal DivisionGeneralNo
University of Brahmanbaria[139]UOB2018BrahamanbariaComilla DivisionGeneralNo
University of Skill Enrichment and TechnologyUSET2018NarayanganjDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
International Standard University[140]ISU2018DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
ZNRF University of Management Sciences[141]ZUMS2018DhakaDhaka DivisionGeneralNo
RTM Al-Kabir Technical University[142]RTM-AKTU2020SylhetSylhet DivisionGeneralNo

International universities

There are only three international universities in Bangladesh according to UGC. They are neither managed nor funded by the government, like public universities, nor established under the Private University Act and managed by a private governing body, like private universities. International Culture University, established by civil society organization and branded by United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)[143] and United Nations Global Compact (UNGC),[144] is an internationally accredited-affiliated and an active partner of different international organizations working for internationalization of education and international quality. Islamic University of Technology was established by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and is located in Gazipur, Dhaka division, another is located in Chittagong division and funded by the Asian University for Women Support Foundation (AUWSF), a United States–based non-profit corporation.[145] later one is South Asian University.[146]

Five Fundamentals Gate, Islamic University of Technology
UniversityAcronymFoundedLocationSpecializationPh.D. granting
Islamic University of Technology[147]IUT1978GazipurEngineering and Technology (Muslim students only)Yes
Asian University for Women[148]AUW2008Chittagong(Female students only)No

Proposed universities

In 2016 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced bringing out Higher Educations reforms to establish at least one university or sub-campus at district level across the country for promotion of higher education.[149][150][151]

The following is a list of proposed new universities.