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Founded in 1993, Independent University, Bangladesh is one of the oldest private universities in Bangladesh where academic excellence is a tradition, teaching a passion and lifelong learning a habit.
IUB currently has more than 4000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 3560 alumni. The student population is projected to grow at 10% annually. The students of IUB experience an exciting academic life with copious opportunity to explore and nurture their innate talent.
IUB has always maintained its motto of sustaining an ideal student teacher ratio of 20:1. It has close to 250 faculty members committed to deliver academic excellence and provide the students a unique learning experience. Hence the teaching approach of our world class community of faculty is distinctive.
IUB has moved to its brand new US $ 30 million state of the art campus in Bashundhara, Dhaka. The University also has dormitory facilities and guest house for foreign students and visiting scholars.
IUB is distinctive in its emphasis on a broad based liberal arts curriculum based on a North American model which is significantly at variance with traditional discipline specific curricula of other universities in the country and the region. The mission of IUB is to deliver a high quality education which will help foster thinking across disciplines, encourage tolerance and understanding of diverse cultural and social traditions, nurture essential values and prepare students for a fast changing world.
The University has 6 schools (the School of Business, School of Engineering & Computer Science, School of Environmental Science & Management, School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, School of Life Sciences and School of Public Health ) offering 4-year undergraduate programs in Finance,
Accounting, Marketing, Management, MIS, HR Management, Economics, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Computer Science, English Literature, English Language Teaching, Media & Communication, Anthropology and Environmental Science & Management, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetic Engineering. IUB also offers graduate programs at the master’s level in Business Administration, Computer Science, Telecommunication Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer
Networks and Communications, Public Health, Development Studies, and, Natural Resources & Disaster Management and Environment & Management
Currently like other private universities, approximately 69% of the student enrollment is in business related subjects reflecting market demands. IUB is committed however to providing a diverse set of curricular offerings and is rapidly expanding its portfolio to include in the next two years subjects such as Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Sociology, Architecture, Government and Political Science, Public Policy and Pharmacy.
Aside from teaching, IUB is committed to supporting research. The Centre for Health, Population and Development (CHPD) at IUB, is a university wide centre which co-ordinates and facilitates research, scholarly activities, and policy dialogue in the multi-faceted relationships between development, health and population. It has faculty associates both from within and outside IUB and sponsors a regular research seminar series, periodic international conferences on important themes and produces a working papers series.
To support research and training on cutting edge issues of national and global importance, IUB in collaboration with Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies and International Institute for Environment and Development, UK, has set up an International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). ICCCAD will be able to draw on the extensive resources of IUB across a range of disciplines relevant to climate change and development.
The university has recently established a constituent Bangla Language Institute (BLI) which will conduct Bangla Language Teaching program for students from anywhere around the world throughout the year and cater to the requirement of peace corps, Fulbright critical language enhancement award, Fulbright language teaching assistant , foreign language studies and short course for NGOs and members of the diplomatic corps. Meanwhile it has an ongoing summer Bangla language teaching program for students from American Universities conducted by Bangla Summer Institute (BSI) under BLI in association with Council of American Overseas Research Centers.
Following the philosophy on which the University is founded: the best of both the worlds, IUB has tied up with some of the world’s best universities and institutions to provide an academic environment relevant to the contemporary world. IUB has established collaborative arrangements in research, faculty and student exchange and curriculum development with a number of foreign universities and institutions including Harvard University, Stanford University, Brown
University, the University of Colorado, Hamline University, the Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs (HECUA) in Minnesota, USA, McMaster University, Canada, Middlesex University, UK, Pokhara University, Nepal, Can Tho University, Vietnam.
Besides, IUB is also offering three 2+2 programs in collaboration with Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIUC), USA, University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia, Griffith College, Dublin (GCD), Ireland. Under these programs a student can complete 2 years of BBA/ Media Communication program at IUB and then get a transfer to the respective partner university and complete the remaining two years over there.
There has been a steady flow of international students and visiting scholars to its campus. IUB’s pioneering program, Live-in-Field Experience, where students get a distinctive opportunity to learn about rural life, complement the unique course, National Culture and Heritage, a comprehensive study of the history, society and culture of Bangladesh. These programs have received acclamation from home and abroad. IUB has been successfully hosting study-abroad programs for cohort of foreign students on a regular basis in partnership with top tier universities of USA such as Harvard University, Vermont University, Southern Illinois University and Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. In fact, IUB is the private university in Bangladesh which has hosted the highest number of international students and top scholars from across the world
In order to maintain standards of academic administration, programme association and collaborate on mutually interesting endeavors, the University has associated itself with a number of international academic associations such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Commonwealth Education Partnership(CEP), American Association of University Administrators (AAUA), Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), International Association of Universities (IAU).
Over the years, IUB has given this world a significant number of quality graduates who have distinguished themselves in their respective field at home and abroad. IUB equips students with knowledge, values, skills, qualities that make them extraordinary.