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The University of Chittagong (Chittagong University, CU, Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a public university situated at the suburban area of Hathazari, Chittagong district, Bangladesh. The university was established in 1966. The campus is 22 km north of Chittagong city. The University of Chittagong is surrounded by hills, and bisected by a small stream which made this university a famous tourist spot across the country.It is a multidisciplinary research university. The university ranks among the top public and private universities of Bangladesh. Currently, it is the third largest University in Bangladesh with more than 20,000 students and about 800 faculty members.
Dr. Muhammad Yunus, who used to be a faculty member of this university, the founder of Grameen Bank, the pioneering figure in Microcredit theory of Economics, and the 2006 winner of Nobel Prize in peace, started his first microcredit experiments from this very campus at the neighbouring village of Zobra. Dr. Jamal Nazrul Islam, a notable mathematician and physicist.
On 3 December 1965, Professor A R Mallick (1918–97), as project Director, inaugurated the work of founding the Chittagong University with only three employees, one typewriter, and a photocopier in a house on Road 3 of Chittagong City’s Nasirabad Housing Society. The Chittagong University Ordinance was promulgated on 25 September 1966 and Professor Mallick was given the charge of Vice Chancellor on that very day. He assumed charge as the first Vice Chancellor of the university on 9 October 1966.
The university started its academic programme on 28 November with classes of MA (Preliminary) programme with only 200 students in the departments of Bengali, English, History and Economics under the faculty of Arts. After a short while Medical, Engineering, Law, and Education Colleges situated outside the university campus were incorporated as separate faculties, and thus the university’s educational activities kept expanding.
The Chittagong University Act, 1973
ACT NO. XXXIII OF 1973, an act to repeal the Chittagong University Ordinance, 1966, and provide for reconstitution and reorganisation of the University of Chittagong.
It offers 4 Year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and 1 Year Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees under the faculty of Business Administration, 4 Year Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) and 1 Year Masters of Social Science (MSS) degrees under the Faculty of Social Science, 4 Year Bachelor of Arts (BA) and 1 Year Masters of Arts (MA) degrees under the faculty of Arts, 4 Year LLB and 1 Year LLM degree under the Faculty of Law. The university also offers 2 Year MS, 2 Year MPhil and 3 Year PhD degree by research.The engineering faculty has been active this year(2013).Consisting of two departments.It is offering Bsc(Eng)in Applied physics Electronics&Communication Engineering & Computer science&engineering.
Chittagong University is the pioneer to offer 4 year BBA, BSc(Hons) in Forestry, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Science in Bangladesh. CU is the first university in the Indian Sub-Continent to have started a BBA Program. The university is also reputed for its Law Faculty. The law graduates from Chittagong University have already proved themselves in various competitive exams like Judiciary Service Commission’s (JSC) exam, Bar Council’s exam, BCS exam, and many other corporate recruitment tests. CU Law Faculty is considered as the best law Institution among the students of Bangladesh.
Due to growing demand of its MBA, in February 2012, the university authority started to offer another MBA program under a newly established business wing namely Center for Business Studies (CBS). Faculty of Business Administration of CU launched the Center for Business Studies (CBS) at its Chittagong City campus as an affiliated center for Professionals. CBS offers the two year Evening MBA Program for Graduates from different disciplines. University Grant Commission (UGC), Academic Council and Syndicate team have already approved the CBS; it started its journey in February 2012 towards being a Center of Excellence. In 2011-12 session, CU opened three new departments namely Applied and Environmental Chemistry, Pharmacy and Persian Language.
Medium of instruction
The medium of instruction English, except for departments such as Bengali, Arabic etc. Some faculties approve both English and Bengali as medium of instruction. In this respect it is up to the students to choose any of the languages they feel comfortable with in their studies.Academic Faculties and Departments.
With a modest beginning of 4 departments in 1966, the University of Chittagong has grown to 8 individual faculties, 38 departments, 6 institutes and 5 research centers. It has 4 affiliated Govt. Medical colleges under the Faculty of Medicine and 1 Veterinary Medical College under the faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The veterinary medical college has recently[when?] been upgraded into a separate University. As such the number of faculties at present is 7. Current student enrollment is more than 19,050. Following is a list of faculties and the related departments:
Faculty of Science
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Physics
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Statistics
- Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry
Faculty of Engineering
- Department of Applied Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering (APECE)
- Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Faculty of Biological Sciences
- Department of Botany
- Department of Zoology
- Department of Microbiology
- Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Department of Geography and Environmental Science
- Department of Soil Science
- Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Pharmacy
Faculty of Arts
- Department of Arabic & Persian
- Department of Sanskrit
- Department of Pali
- Department of Bengali
- Department of English
- Department of History
- Department of Philosophy
- Department of Fine Arts
- Department of Islamic History & Culture
- Department of Islamic Studies
- Department of Linguistic
Faculty of Social Science
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Communication & Journalism
- Department of Economics
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Public Administration
- Department of Sociology
- Department of Information Science & Library Management
- Department of International Relations (IR)
- Department of Home Economics
- Department of Urban & Rural Development
Faculty of Business Administration
- Department of Accounting and Information System
- Department of Finance and Banking
- Department of Management Studies
one of the renowned department of the university which delivered Prof.Abdul Mannan, Prof.AJM Nuruddin Chowdhury & Prof.Anwarul Azim Arif as Vice Chancellor of the university.At present this department offering 4 years undergraduate degree in BBA Management Studies,one year MBA in International Management ,Human Resource Management, MPhil and PhD degree. Two students’ organization such as Management Communication Club and Business Management Students’ Club is engaged in cocurricular activities of the students.
- Department of Marketing studies and International Marketing(MSIM), http://www.marketingcu.org/
- Center for Business Studies (City Campus) for MBA (Evening) program
Faculty of Law
- Department of Law
Faculty of Medicine
- Chittagong Medical College
- Comilla Medical College
- Noakhali Medical College
- Cox’s Bazar Medical College
- Maa o Shishu Medical College
- Southern Medical College
- BGC Trust Medical College
- Chittagong International Dental College
- Institute of Applied Health Sciences
- Institute of Community Ophthalmology
- Central Medical College, Comilla
- Eastern Medical College, Comilla
- Moinamoti Medical College, Comilla
Other affiliated colleges
- Begumgonj Textile Engineering College, Noakhali
- Textile Engineering College, Chittagong
- Chittagong Home Economics College
- Chittagong University Laboratory School and College
Research works & Research Centers
Most of the faculty members take keen interest in research work to build their professional career. To facilitate the research activities, Research Cell at Science, Nazrul Research Centre and Bureau of Business Research have been operating. Funds are also procured from outside research organizations by the faculty members to continue research in their own fields of study. Some faculty members have earned reputations for their outstanding research works resulting in the development of new technologies. The number of higher-degree research students is on the increase day by day. The University of Chittagong is dedicated to the advancement of learning and is committed to promote research in all fields of knowledge. New research projects are undertaken every year. Research journals are also published by individual departments. Most importantly, the University’s research enterprise is devoted to the search for knowledge and truth that upholds the University’s commitment to education. This combination of activities strengthens the University’s mission of service resulting in the continued improvement of quality of life for the citizens of Bangladesh and the rest of the world.
- Research Centre for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (RCMPS)
- Nazrul Research Centre
- Bureau of Business Research
- Social Science Research Institute
- Institute of Marine Sciences and Fisheries
- Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences
- Institute of Fine Arts
- Institute of Modern Language
- Social Science Research Institute
- Institute of Modern Languages
- Halls of Residence
A dormitory is called a Hall in the university. Students admitted to the Departments and Institutes of the University have either to reside in or be attached to a hall of residence. The University has 7 halls for male and 3 for female students. The administration of a hall is headed by a Provost who is assisted by a number of House Tutors.
- Alaol Hall
- A. F. Rahman Hall
- Shahjalal Hall
- Suhrawardy Hall
- Shah Amanat Hall
- Shamsunnahar Hall
- Shaheed Abdur Rab Hall
- Masterda Surjasen Hall
- Pritilata Hall
- Deshnetri Begum Khaleda Zia Hall
The campus also hosts a Buddhist temple named Bishwa Shanti Pagoda, which also serves as a residence hall for the university’s Buddhist students. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall for male sudents and Jana Netri Sheikh Hasina Hall for female students are under construction.
The Chittagong University Library is situated in the University Campus which was inaugurated in the month of November, 1966 in a temporary building. In 1990, the library was shifted to its own building. At present, the total floor area of the library is 56,700 sq ft. Library is managed by the Library Committee consisting of 14 members including Deans of all faculties headed by Pro-Vice-Chancellor as its Chairman. Librarian is the Member-Secretary of the committee. At present, the library collection consists of about 3.5 lakh volumes of books and over 40,000 bound volumes of journals including references and Rare collections also. A Resource Center for the Visually Impaired Students has been established in the Chittagong University Library which contains modern library facilities for the visually impaired students of the University. There are systems of book loan and inter-library loan. Library provides Current Awareness Service, Photocopy Service, CD-ROM Search Service, Internet Service, Online Journal Search Service etc. At present, the library is the subscriber of a number of reputed Online Journals, allowing searching and downloading at over 12 thousand journals to its users. The Library Reader’s Service Is Open From 9 am to 9 pm Saturday to Thursday. The Library remains closed is Friday. Therefore every Department have their own Seminar Library service affiliated to the central library which is open in Academic days from 9.30 am to 4 pm.
The Medical Center of the University of Chittagong, located near the Law Faculty Building, offers free medical service and free pathological examinations to students, teachers and staffs of the University and also family members of the teachers and staffs. The Center provides service round the clock, seven days a week, with doctors working in different shifts. The Centre also has eleven doctors and four ambulances. The Center has in its premises a temporary arrangement for 6 bed accommodation.
There are faculty wise cafeterias in the campus of University of Chittagong. Chaksu has a Cafeteria for students. Therefore campuses famous Jhupri or stalls are place where students & teachers used to talk & Eat. This place is regarded as the hub of intellectual center of the University & most famous of them is Arts Faculty Jhupri.
University of Chittagong has transport services for students. Students can travel to the University Campus by Shuttle Trains from the City. Besides, bus service is always available even on university holidays, to help those students who come to university for library or teacher’s council.Chittagong can be reached from the capital city of Dhaka by air, train and road. The most pleasant time for traveling to Chittagong is between August and early March as it can be very humid and wet from April to July due to torrid summer days and heavy monsoon rains. The city has some good hotels available at modest rates, about US$ 10-70 per day. The University guest house has a limited number of rooms where guests can reside by advance booking. It takes 40–50 minutes to reach the campus from Chittagong city by car or bus. During on-session a 10-compartment university train shuttles between the city and the campus several times every day. Recently, Mini-bus services between the city and campus have been introduced.