University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (Bengali: ইউনিভার্সিটি অব লিবারেল আর্টস বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় বাংলাদেশ) (ULAB) is a private liberal arts-based university in Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Founded in February 2002, permission to open was received from the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh in November 2003, pursuant to the Private University Act, 1992.

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
‍ইউনিভার্সিটি অব লিবারেল আর্টস বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় বাংলাদেশ
Motto"A new vision in higher education"
Established2002 (2002)
Opened: 1 October 2004
ChancellorPresident Mohammed Shahabuddin
Vice-ChancellorImran Rahman
Students5,500 as of Spring 2024
688 Beribadh Road, Mohammadpur
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23°44′28″N 90°22′28″E / 23.7411°N 90.3744°E / 23.7411; 90.3744
ColorsBlue and Gold
Main gate of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

ULAB incorporates the values of liberal arts and sustainability[1] into its curricula, through its General Education Department and its Center for Sustainable Development (CSD).[2] ULAB is a research-intensive university, with multiple research opportunities for its faculty members and students.[3]

Campus edit

The university's campus is located in Mohammadpur in Dhaka. It is one of the largest private universities in Bangladesh. The foundation of the campus was laid in February 2002. Classes started in the permanent campus from 1 October 2004. It contains 4 buildings with a research building in Dhanmondi, a stadium standard field, and 3 academic buildings (A, C and D).[4]

Administration edit

There is a separate admin building dedicated to administration activities.

List of vice-chancellors edit

Pro vice-chancellors edit

Heads of schools and departments edit

School of Business edit

  • Sarwar Uddin Ahmed (Head)

Bachelor of Business Administration edit

  • Muhammad Faisol Chowdhury (Director)

Graduate Business Programs edit

  • Asif Uddin Ahmed (Director)

School of Science and Engineering edit

  • M. Mofazzal Hossain (Dean)

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering edit

  • M. Mofazzal Hossain (Head)

Department of Computer Science and Engineering edit

  • Muhammad Golam Kibria (Head)

School of Social Sciences edit

  • Jude William R. Genilo (Dean)

Media Studies and Journalism edit

  • Jude William R. Genilo (Head)

School of Arts and Humanities edit

  • Kaiser Hamidul Haq (Dean)

Department of English Humanities edit

  • Arifa Ghani Rahman (Head)

Department of Bangla Language and Literature / বাংলা ভাষা ও সাহিত্য বিভাগ edit

  • Shamim Reza (Advisor)

General Education Program edit

  • Shahnaj Husne Jahan (Head)

Academic departments edit

In February 2023, ULAB established two new departments, the Bangla Department and the Literature Department. The university is the first institute of higher education in Bangladesh to teach ethnic minority languages, of which Bangladesh has 44 according to Shameem Reza.[7]

ULAB offers degree programs in the following schools:[8]

School of Arts and Humanities edit

  • Bachelor of Arts, English, and Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts in Bangla Language and Literature
  • Master of Arts in English

School of Social Science edit

Bachelor of Social Science, Media Studies and Journalism (Honors) edit

Department of Media Studies and Journalism established at 2004. The head of the department is Jude William Genilo. MSJ is the flagship department of ULAB, with course of 129 credit, the department also offer apprentice program to learn practically, such as PR4U, ULAB TV, The ULABian, AxisMIL, RadioCamBuzz, ShutterBugs, Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival, and Cinemascope. The department offer Bachelor in Media Studies and Journalism, and Masters in Communicantion. [9]

School of Business edit

  • Bachelor in Business Administration (Honors)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

School of Science and Engineering edit

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering (Honors)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (Honors)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honors)

ULAB has one non-degree-granting program, which runs the required courses to fulfill a liberal arts curriculum:

  • General Education Program (GED)

Research institutes edit

ULAB has nine centers that conduct research, run workshops and conferences; promote knowledge creation, and advocate best practices.

Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) edit

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) was established in 2006 and is the oldest research center at the university.CSD is Bangladesh's only research institute dedicated solely to the Sustainable Development.[10]

Center for Enterprise and Society (CES) edit

CES is Bangladesh's first university-based research center dedicated to entrepreneurship and business research with an emphasis on ethical, environmental, and social sustainability.[11]

Center for Bangla Language and Literature edit

Center for Critical and Qualitative Studies edit

Center for Critical and Qualitative Studies (CQS) is a research center jointly operated by University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and University of Sussex, UK.

Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS) edit


Center for Advanced Theory (CAT) edit

The programs has three levels of activity: sponsoring research, providing advanced education (through workshops, seminars, public lectures, and colloquiums), and editing research publications (monographs, occasional articles, journals, and bulletins). Salimullah Khan is the director of CAT.[13]

Center for Language Studies (CLS) edit


Dhaka Translation Center (DTC) edit


Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) edit


Co-curricular activities edit

Clubs are the mainstay of co-curricular life and activities. ULAB is a member of Duke of Edinburgh's Award program.[19]

The Department of Media Studies & Journalism of ULAB also has apprenticeship programs for the students

CinemaScope edit

Cinemascope, Film Apprenticeship Program of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) is dedicated to inspire and train student who aim to obtain knowledge about creation and aesthetics of film production. CinePedia is a semester based film magazine, publish by CinemaScope.

ULAB TV edit

ULAB TV launched on 27 June 2013, is the first campus TV channel in Bangladesh. Its stated purpose is hands-on training in television production and journalism. Run by students, it broadcasts infotainment programs and news bulletins.

The ULABian edit

The ULABian is an apprenticeship programme at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism. Under the programme, a bilingual (Bangla and English) print newspaper is published once in each academic semester. The ULABian publishes content of 24 pages (12 pages for Bangla and 12 English). The size of the paper is: (14.5 x 9.5) inch.

CampBuzz edit

Bangladesh's first-ever campus radio is ULAB's “Radio CampBuzz!”

Outreach Programs edit

Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF) edit

DIMFF started in 2015 and gradually became an outreach program of the Department of Media Studies and Journalism of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. It arranges a film festival where films are exclusively shot on mobile phones.

Library edit

In 2004, the Library was launched at 116 Arjatpara, Mohakhali, Tejgaon, Dhaka-1212. In 2006, the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and the Central Library were moved to its own campus at House 56, Road 4/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209. Since 2022, Library is functioning from the ULAB Main Campus at 688 Beribadh Road on the A Building of the campus.ULAB Library is enriched with various types of resources that includes Textbooks, Reference Books, Special & Rare Books, e-Books, Periodicals, National and  International Journals & Magazines (print & online), Reports, Newspapers (national & international), Audio-Visual Materials, and Maps & Atlas, etc. Besides, ULAB Library is a member of a variety of Online Archives & Databases. Library Resources are kept on the shelf following the internationally recognized Classification System ‘DDC scheme’ (Dewey Decimal Classification). The Library provides access to a wide range of e-resources through a remote access user account.

Publications edit

  • ULAB Press
  • The ULABian, a Student Newspaper
  • Muse, a newsletter of ULABian
  • CinePedia, a semester based film magazine of CinemaScope

Notable people edit

Faculty edit

Alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Vision, Mission, and Values". University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Center for Sustainable Development". University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  3. ^ Version, Daily Sun Online and Print. "daily sun". Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  4. ^ একনজরে ইউনিভার্সিটি অব লিবারেল আর্টস বাংলাদেশ. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). 16 February 2021. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Imran Rahman returns as VC of ULAB". UNB. 2 November 2021. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Prof Dr HM Jahirul Haque appointed as vice chancellor of CUB". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  7. ^ "ULAB introduces Bangla and Literature Department". Dhaka Tribune. 23 February 2023. Archived from the original on 23 February 2023. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  8. ^ Degrees Offered
  9. ^ "MSS in MSJ renamed to Masters in Communication". University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  10. ^ Center for Sustainable Development
  11. ^ Center for Enterprise and Society
  12. ^ Center for Archaeological Studies
  13. ^ Center for Advanced Theory
  14. ^ Center for Language Studies
  15. ^ Kar, Amitava (22 November 2013). "Stick a Babel Fish in Your Ear". The Daily Star. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  16. ^ Alamgir, Rohini and Rumana Habib (23 November 2013). "In translation". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  17. ^ Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  18. ^ ULAB launches ‘Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning’
  19. ^ Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  20. ^ Neazy, Sheikh Nahid (17 May 2019). "Universities must be free from the shackles of politicization". Dhaka Courier.
  21. ^ Shazu, Shah Alam (9 November 2013). "The return of Mashiat". The Daily Star.
  22. ^ Jahan Labonnayo, Nusrat (19 December 2021). "Masha Islam The girl with the gifted voice". The Business Standard. Archived from the original on 23 February 2023. Retrieved 23 February 2023.