University description (as per official university website)
North South University (NSU), the first private university in Bangladesh, was established by North South University Foundation (NSUF) more than 17 years ago as a non-profit university. The NSUF was created by a group of philanthropists, industrialists, bureaucrats and academics. The founders of NSU have proved that high quality higher education can be provided in the private sector and publicprivate partnership would meet the national demand for higher education much faster and more effectively. The government of Bangladesh approved the establishment of North South University in 1992 under the Private University Act (PUA) 1992. President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh is the Chancellor of NSU. The university started its classes in January 1993 with 139 students in 3 degree programs, namely, Business Administration, Computer Science and Economics. The university follows American system with all its distinctive featuressemesters, credit hours, letter grades, credit transfer, one examiner system and so on. Its curricula, when first introduced, were reviewed by the relevant departments of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and University of California, Berkeley, USA. The university and its programs are duly accredited by the University Grants Commission on behalf of the government of Bangladesh. Currently it has about 9000 students in 26 degree programs, 16 Bachelor's and 10 Master's. Among the private universities it stands out and it has established itself as a center of excellence in higher education.
Its academic programs are continually updated. Among its distinctive features are: the quality of education it imparts, impressive credentials of its teaching staff, research facilities supported by well-equipped labs and fully automated library and extensive internet connectivity with global network. Most importantly, NSU has become the first university that has fulfilled all the requirements and provisions of the PUA 1992 after it has recently built its huge campus at Bashundhara, which in turn has become the most sought-after destination for the students who want to pursue higher studies.
The vision of North South University (NSU) is to become a leading university and remain as a top center of excellence in higher education and research. It aims at attracting brilliant students, teachers, scholars, and from all over the world.
The mission of NSU is to produce highly skilled manpower, visionary professional leaders and responsible and enlightened citizens. This mission is achieved by imparting high quality higher education, and training, and by conducting useful research so that individuals can achieve their intellectual, social, and personal potentials. NSU is committed to developing human capital by sharpening creative thinking. In addition to creation and dissemination of knowledge, its mission includes promotion of humanism and peace through higher education. As a social institution, NSU endeavors to induce changes for betterment of the society as a whole through public services, and through promotion of ethical behavior and social justice.
To fulfill its mission, NSU applies five basic strategies: (1) it offers socially relevant academic programs which meet the changing needs of the students coming from different backgrounds and seeking different career goals; (2) it hires highly qualified and internationally experienced academics to teach the courses / programs it offers; (3) NSU, through a rigorous selection process, admits only those students who demonstrate the potential to pursue and complete the programs of study they select; (4) it provides appropriate physical and electronic infrastructural facilities, logistic supports and an environment conducive to teaching and learning; and (5) it practices the principles of good governance that ensure best management practices and encourage academic freedom and faculty-governance.
NSU is fully accredited by the University Grants Commission, the only national accreditation authority in Bangladesh. Its Business School has applied for accreditation of South Asian Quality Improvement System (SAQS), an accrediting agency created by the Hyderabad-based AMDISA (Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia) with the technical help from EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System, Brussels and AACSBI, USA. The establishment of SAQS was largely funded by European Union. NSU has already got two of the senior Business School Professors trained in how to respond to the SAQS accreditation requirements. The B- School of NSU has almost completed the required Self-Assessment process. It is expected that the necessary Peer Review will be done by SAQS before the end of June 2010.
The credits obtained at NSU are accepted in most of the reputable universities of USA, Canada, Australia and other countries. NSU graduates are accepted in the Graduate programs of Harvard, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, and other well-known universities. Eight Economics graduates of NSU are studying for higher degrees at York University, Canada, with scholarship provided by York University. NSU attracts foreign students from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kenya and Nigeria. In addition, under the Study Abroad and Group Exchange program, students from world-class universities of the USA and Canada such as Brown University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Penn State University, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Windsor University, York University, and other similar institutions attend summer semester at NSU and transfer credits back to their parent institutions.
NSU Collaboration with Foreign Universities
NSU maintains academic collaboration with many foreign universities. Notable among those universities are:
St. Xavier University, Chicago, USA;
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA;
University of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA;
Luton University, UK;
Coventry University, UK;
University of Delaware, USA;
University of Maryland, USA;
Quest University, Canada;
Yunnan University, China;
Multimedia University, Malaysia;
Wayne State University, USA;
University of South Australia, Australia;
Kyung Hee University, South Korea;
Woosang University, South Korea;
University of Manitoba, Canada;
Korea University, Seoul, Korea;
University of Bergen, Norway;
English medium top business school, HEC, Paris, France;
The National Institute of Development Administrations (NIDA) Bangkok, Thailand;
Civil Service College, Singapore (Prime Minister's Office)
NSU has also research collaborations with world class research institutes, like International Center for Diarrheas Diseases Research (ICDDR, B), Dhaka in its various academic programs in Biotechnology, Microbiology and Public Health.