“Quality Education at Affordable Tuition”, is the slogan and motto of the Uttara University. The creation of a knowledge-based society is the commitment of this university. So, to achieve all these academic goals and research facilities along with international cooperation, the university has been making relentless efforts since its inception.
At present Uttara University have three campuses: Main campus at Uttara, City campus at Mirpur, Dhaka and permanent campus at Gram Bhatalia of Ashulia, Dhaka. We have 5 Schools, 14 Departments and 34 Programs. These programs include courses on Humanities, Science, Engineering, Business, etc. The university prefers job-oriented and professional programs. Uttara University is the only university in Bangladesh, where M. P.Ed program is being run with the help of foreign experts. Uttara University has opened departments like Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Civil and Environmental Engineering, Fashion Design and Technology (FDT) and Environmental Studies and offers quality education.
With a view to achieving quality education, Uttara University appoints highly qualified full time and adjunct faculties with degrees from home and abroad. Its faculty members are academically qualified and well experienced. A variety of interacting teaching methods along with quiz, formal lectures, tutorials, role playing exercise, group study are applied by the teachers. Besides, projector, audio-visual system, and multimedia aid in teaching are being widely used in teaching-learning process. Often industry visits, seminars, symposiums and workshops are organized to make learning environment more congenial and more interactive. In addition, following measures have also been taken to ensure quality education in this university.
All classrooms are fully air-conditioned and contain all sorts of teaching equipments including high resolution multimedia projectors. Classrooms are of reasonable size in accordance with its population with hygienic environment favorable for learning and interactive teaching.
There are 56 labs at Uttara University. Ten computer labs are available for students' use, free of cost, and are equipped with state of the art PCs, high-speed broad band, backed by optical fiber network. Both students and teachers have free access to these labs. Recently, the campuses are covered with WiFi technology, where students are enjoying wireless internet connectivity.
Departments of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Civil and Environmental Engineering, Physics, Textile Engineering and Fashion Design and Technology (FDT) have 16, 10, 12, 1, 12 and 6 labs respectively. FDT department is enriched with 2 Pattern and Cutting Rooms, 2 Sewing Labs, Fashion and Illustration Room, Textile and Computer Lab and the Textile department have Textile Lab Equipment (Yarn, Fabric, Spinning, Wet processing etc.).
Digital System Lab
Four well-equipped digital system labs are available for practical classes of engineering and IT courses. The labs are equipped with all necessary modern equipments so that the students can acquire their digital electronic lessons in a practical setting.
Uttara University is now using KOHA Library Management System. More than 30.000 books are available in six air conditioned libraries of UU. The central library housed at the main building of the University, is equipped with rich collection of books and journals on Economics, Literature and Language, Social Science. Religious Studies, Business, Health Education, Law etc. The university libraries accommodate sufficient reference materials, periodicals to which students have easy access. Students are allowed to borrow books for use at home for a week or two.
Institute of Policy Research (IPR)
IPR is an independent research unit of Uttara University funded by the University. The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. M. Azizur Rahman is the 'Chief Adviser' of the Institute. Prof. Dr. Debi Narayan Rudra Paul is the Director of the Institute. IPR specializes in research strategy, policy and program design, evaluating and implementing of projects on thematic areas of Economics, Business, Education, Energy, Environment, Health, Social Policy, and Technology Transfer, etc.
The Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)
The establishment of IQAC is an indispensable step towards the development of internal quality at all levels of the university. The general objective of IQAC is to promote a quality enhancement culture within the university by ensuring that the academic and non-academic units adopt and implement Quality Assurance (QA) standards. Since quality enhancement is a continuous process, the IQAC will become a part of the institution's system and work towards realization of the goals of quality enhancement and nourishment. Uttara University has been awarded-a project for the establishment of Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) on 14 June 2015. This award is an initiative undertaken by Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) of University Grants Commission (UGC), an organ of HEQEP, World Bank for quality enhancement in higher education. The IQAC of Uttara University is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring quality education at all levels of the university.
Research and Publications
Uttara University is committed to encourage high quality research by its faculty members. As part of this initiative, the university is granting a portion of funds to the faculty members. A number of research articles are published by faculty members of different schools in international and national journals. The Schools are also publishing their academic journals regularly. 'The Business Review" from School of Business (ISSN 1996-3637) is being regularly published since 2009. The Uttara University Law Journal (ISSN 2311-9241) is also been published by the Law Department. The Journal of Applied Sciences and Engineering (ISSN 2309-0294) is in the pipeline for publication. Uttara University faculty members are presenting their research articles regularly in the national and international conferences.
All the departments of Uttara University are engaged in research work. It may also be mentioned here that Prof. Dr. M. Azizur Rahman, Vice-Chancellor of Uttara University and Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Eaysmin Ara Lekha also published a number of books which were acclaimed nationally and internationally. Besides, a good number of books have been published by faculty members of different schools. The summery of research contributions the of faculty members of UU is given in Table 1.
Table 1 Research Contributions of Faculty Members
Academic Journal (International)
Academic Journal (National)
Books and Other Publications
So far, 15, 863 students graduated from different schools of Uttara University. The university has conferred Bachelor and Master Degrees to these students in five different convocations. The first convocation was held in 2009 and other four were held in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017 (Table 2).
Table 2 Students Graduated in Last Four Convocations
|Convocation||Year||No of Students|
|1st Convocation||2009||4, 502|
|2nd Convocation||2011||1, 640|
|3rd Convocation||2014||3, 026|
|4th Convocation||2016||3, 110|
|5th Convocation||2017||3, 585|
Uttara University believes in proper development of the students along with their formal education. For their total development, university has established six different clubs for the students, namely UU Business Club, UU Sports Club, UU Cultural Club, UU Debating Club, UU Computer Club and UU Language Club. The clubs are fully operational with their activities like Cricket Tournaments, National Football Events, National Debating Championships, Cultural Events, and Business Plan Competition etc. The students have successfully participated in these competitions. To build up the morality of the students, YES Group guided by Transparency International Bangladesh is in active operation too. Besides, the students also participate in different social activities like blood donation, immunization programs and organize programs on different national days.
Uttara University has achieved great success in terms of collaboration. It has created a new position to strengthen its capacity building in the area of 'International Collaboration'. The Director of 'International Collaboration' has been able to initiate dialogue with Coventry University. He has successfully signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bedfordshire University and University of Worcester, UK. The authority is closely working with some Canadian Universities of international repute for collaboration, exchange programs and Credit Transfer as well. Recently, UU signed MOU with the University of Malaya, University of Kuala Lumpur and Hampton University (USA) as a part of its Collaboration efforts. Uttara University recently participated in International Conferences in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia and Assam and Calcutta of India. Uttara University has successfully organized an International Conference entitled “Dhaka International Business & Social Science Research Conference 2016 (DISBSSRC 2016)” held during 20-22 January 2016 in association with Australian Academy of Business Leadership (AABL), Australia and Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Participants from different countries of the world including USA, Australia, Malaysia, India, Canada, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa and Bangladesh attended the conference in different capacities. Burning issues like climate change was mooted for discussion. It was one of the largest International Conferences on “Business & Social Science” held in Dhaka. Other issues like Business, Culture, Society and Identity were also discussed. In these Conferences, Uttara University organized parallel sessions which were presided over by Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and senior faculty members of the University.
It is noteworthy that Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA) a Hyderabad based organization works under the umbrella of SAARC from its inception has approved School of Business of Uttara University as a Life Member of their institution through which Uttara University will get access to enter into SAARC universities and business schools. This is definitely a forward step to improve the quality of the university that has given the university an international identity and contact with international community.
It may be mentioned that the motto of the Uttara University is Quality Education at Affordable Tuition. Meanwhile, The Government of Bangladesh has recently accepted Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) which gives emphasis on Quality Education. The honorable Chairman of UGC Professor Abdul Mannan in his inaugural speech in Kuala Lumpur Conference emphasized on Quality Education and mentioned that Higher Education in Bangladesh is now engaged in Quality Education. In this meeting, the Vice-Chancellor of Uttara University also spoke on the role of Education in the National Development of a Country like Bangladesh. Delegates from Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Quater, Newzeland, Turkey, United Arab Emirate & Hong Kong also attended this conference.
Assam University of India organized an International Seminar on “Culture, Society and Identity: Construction and Reality”. Faculties of different Universities of Bangladesh and also the Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. M. Azizur Rahman, Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Eaysmin Ara Lekha and Other faculties of Uttara University attended the seminar. Uttara University organized a Parallel Session here on Climate Change, Mitigation and Adaptation: Water Perspective. The Calcutta University organized an International Conference on Bongobidda where the faculties of Uttara University, Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice Chancellor attended. Here Uttara University also arranged a Parallel Session on Climate Variability in Greater Bengal. This Session was presided over by the Vice-Chancellor of Uttara University.
Tokyo University of Japan Organized an International Congress on Bengal Studies from 12 to 13 December, 2015. A group of academics headed by Professor Dr. M Azizur Rahman, Vice-Chancellor of the Uttara University participated in this Congress. Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Eaysmin Ara Lekha and others were included in this group who participated in different sessions of the Congress. Educationists of other universities and UGC Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan also participated in this Congress.
Along with the facilities mentioned above, brilliant and meritorious and poor students enjoy Tuition Fee waiver in UU. Siblings and spouses are also getting waiver. Tribal, disabled, Autistic and students from Freedom Fighters families are provided various facilities while studying at Uttara University.
In 2018 Uttara University's credential evaluation by WES(World Education Service) & WHED (World Higher Education Database - International Association of Universities)
Uttara University has won many National and International Awards from different institutions of the world including Education Leadership Award 2012 (Delhi), Asia's Best Business School Award (Singapore)-2013, Asian CEF Business School of the Year Award, 2014 (Mumbai), UGC Award 2014-2015, Law Department won Second Position in the 6th National Math Olympiad of Bangladesh.
Uttara University has already purchased a land of 1.24 Acre for its permanent campus. The particulars of the land are “Mouza-Vatulia, Khatiyan Number- C.S-136-25, S.A-171-29, R.S-43-167, C.T-277-90-200, Dag Number-C.S & S.A-232-233, R.S-237-238, CT-1016, 1018, 1019. This is closed to Uttara Model Town, Third Phase Dhaka, Sector # 16”. Besides, Uttara University has its own building at Sector #06, Uttara Model Town, Dhaka. The University authority has already taken steps for building physical and other facilities in its permanent campus. Already, 3 departments have started their academic activities in the permanent campus.