BRAC University

BRAC University (Bengali: ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, also known as BracU) is a private research university located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was established in 2001 as a branch of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed's BRAC under the Private University Act 1992.[2]

BRAC University
ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
Seal of BRAC University
Seal of BRAC University
MottoInspiring Excellence[1]
TypePrivate research university
Established2001; 21 years ago (2001)
AffiliationUGC
IEB
ACU
ChancellorPresident of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid
Vice-ChancellorVincent Chang
Academic staff
649
Students11200
Undergraduates10029
Postgraduates1171
Location,
1212
,
Bangladesh

23°46′49″N 90°24′26″E / 23.7802°N 90.4072°E / 23.7802; 90.4072Coordinates: 23°46′49″N 90°24′26″E / 23.7802°N 90.4072°E / 23.7802; 90.4072
CampusUrban
LanguageEnglish
Colours     
Black, Dodger Blue and Space Gray
Websitewww.bracu.ac.bd

HistoryEdit

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed founded Brac University in 2001, under the Private University Act.[3] Located at 66 Mohakhali, Dhaka, the university is based on the American liberal arts college model. Brac University began with three departments and around 80 students in 2001.[4] It held its first Convocation in January 2006. Initially, it offered a limited number of bachelor's degrees.[5] As the university grew, it increased the number of programs and introduced master's degrees.[6] The development of a library with high academic standards was important to Sir Abed. The Ayesha Abed Library was digitized shortly after its inception.[7] The university had 11,200 students in 20 schools, departments, and institutes in 2020. The construction of a new campus will be completed in January 2023.

CampusEdit

ResidentialEdit

The Residential Campus in Savar was founded in 2003 and substantially expanded in 2012.[8] Students spend a semester on the Residential Campus, where they take specific courses and fulfill community tasks during the week. On Friday and Saturday, they visit orphanages, nursing homes, and landmark sites. In Bangladesh, many students stay with their parents during their university years.

Resources and facilitiesEdit

  • Ayesha Abed Library[9]
  • Counseling Unit at RS[10]
  • Courseware Moodle
  • Fabrication Lab[11]* GDLN Centre
  • MSDN Academic Allience

NewEdit

Brac University is building in Merul Badda, Dhaka, a campus designed by WOHA Designs Pte Ltd., an architectural firm based in Singapore.[12] Construction of this facility began in 2017. The university building will have 13 floors and a total area of 157,935 sq. meters. The facilities include an auditorium with 700 seats, a multipurpose hall with 1850 seats, classrooms, labs, design studios, lecture theaters, an IT data center, UPS, CCTVs, a cafeteria, an e-library, a parking lot, recreation facilities, and a rooftop playground.[13] The new campus will open in January 2023. Brac University has also planned a medical school in Dhaka Village. This separate campus will occupy 56 acres.

Organization and administrationEdit

Leadership and managementEdit

 
Vice-Chancellor Vincent Chang and students

The current structure was established in 2011.[14] The President of Bangladesh is Brac University's Chancellor. The board of trustees is the highest policy-making body of Brac University.[15] It has 12 members, one of them being the Vice-Chancellor. Chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, the Syndicate supervises the academic and administrative functions of the university.[15] The Academic Council, also chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, makes education policy recommendations and reviews curricula and academic progress.[15]

AdministrationEdit

The university administration is led by the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, and the Heads of academic units.[16]

Vice ChancellorsEdit

Year of Joining Expiration of Tenure of Office Name
2001 2010 Jamilur Reza Choudhury
2010 2014 Ainun Nishat
2014 2018 Syed Saad Andaleeb
2019 Present Vincent Chang

AcademicsEdit

Diverse academic units serve the mission of Brac University. Departments have degree-granting programs, schools support strategic initiatives, institutes are autonomous research entities, and centers are project-based entities.

Schools and institutesEdit

 
University founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed delivering speech at the 11th Convocation
  • Brac Business School
  • Brac Institute of Educational Development
  • Brac Institute of Governance and Development
  • Brac Institute of Languages
  • Graduate School of Management
  • James P. Grant School of Public Health
  • School of Architecture and Design
  • School of Data and Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Life Sciences
 
BRAC University 11th Convocation

DepartmentsEdit

  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Economics and Social Sciences (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Department of English and Humanities (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Department of Bachelor of business administration

CentresEdit

  • Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research
  • Centre for Emotional Intelligence and Innovation
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship Development
  • Centre for Inclusive Architecture and Urbanism
  • Centre for Peace and Justice
  • Professional Development Centre

FacultyEdit

The faculty has included scholars such as petroleum engineer Mohammad Tamim[17] and sociologist Piash Karim.[18]

Financial aidEdit

Brac University was founded to support financially disadvantaged students. One of the early donors was the BRAC Ford scholarship program. The university has developed several scholarship programs for national and international students. The Open Society Foundation and the Open Society University Network have supported student activities and education.

Student lifeEdit

The Office of Student Life (OSL) was created in 2019. OSL supervises the Department of Career Services, Alumni Affairs, and Clubs & Societies.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Message from the Vice Chancellor". Brac University.
  2. ^ "Message from the Founder and Chairperson Emeritus".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Südasien-Institut. Universität Heidelberg".
  4. ^ "Brac University Annual Report 2009" (PDF).
  5. ^ BRAC (1998). Brac University Project Proposal and Application, Submitted to: Education Ministry and University Grants Commission. p. 8.
  6. ^ BRAC (1998). Brac University Project Proposal and Application, Submitted to: Education Ministry and University Grants Commission. p. 10.
  7. ^ BRAC (1998). Brac University Project Proposal and Application, Submitted to: Education Ministry and University Grants Commission. pp. 9, 10.
  8. ^ "Residential Campus".
  9. ^ "Welcome to BRACU Ayesha Abed Library | BRACU Ayesha Abed Library". library.bracu.ac.bd. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Counseling Service at Residential Semester of BRACU". Dhaka Tribune. 5 April 2017. Archived from the original on 5 April 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Fabrication laboratory opens at BRACU". The Independent. Dhaka. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  12. ^ "VIDEO-BRACU NEW CAMPUS - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  13. ^ "New Campus".
  14. ^ "Annual Report 2011" (PDF).
  15. ^ a b c "Organization and Administration". Brac University.
  16. ^ "Administration".
  17. ^ "Professor Mohammad Tamim New Pro-VC of BRAC University". BRAC University. 18 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Piash Karim passes away". The Daily Star. 14 October 2014.

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