University description (as per official university website)
BRAC University was established by BRAC in 2001.
From a modest beginning almost thirty years ago, BRAC has today grown into one of the largest non-government development organizations in the world. It works in a number of closely related areas such as poverty alleviation, rural health care and non-formal education among many others to bring about socio-economic changes for a large number of our people, mostly women and children, whose lives are dominated by extreme poverty, illiteracy, disease and malnutrition. BRAC continually revisits its approaches to ensure its effectiveness as a catalyst for change. BRAC recognizes that development strategies, information technology and effective management can play significant roles in modernizing Bangladesh and in securing meaningful jobs for the Bangladeshi workforce at home and abroad.
In line with BRAC's continued support to education as a force of change and development, BRAC University has been established to provide a high quality of education to meet the demands of the modern age. BRAC University is 'not for profit' institution accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh.
The mission of the BRAC University is to foster the national development process through the creation of a centre of excellence in higher education that is responsive to society's needs, and able to develop creative leaders and actively contributes to learning and creation of knowledge.
The goal of the university is to provide an excellent broad based education with a focus on professional development for students, in order to equip them with the knowledge and skill necessary for leading the country in its quest for development. Along with this, the university provides an environment for faculty development in order to ensure a dynamic teaching environment. Faculty will be provided with an environment in which they can further their teaching skills and contribute to the creation of new knowledge by developing and using their research skills.
At present, the university offers following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Architecture (B. ARCH), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science (CS), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physics, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Physics and Electronics, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Hons), Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) in Economics, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Microbiology and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biotechnology.
The University offers following postgraduate degrees: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive MBA, Master of Development Studies (MDS), Masters in Development Management and Practice (MDMP), Master of Bank Management (MBM), Master of Science in Biotechnology, Master of Disaster Management (MDM), Master of Arts (MA) in English, Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE), Master of Arts in Governance and Development (MAGD), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Education (MEd) and MS in Early Childhood Development (MSECD).
BRAC University also offers Post Graduate Diplomas in Disaster Management, Development Studies and Certificate courses in Disaster Management, ICT and Development, Social Communication, CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA), English Proficiency and Development, and IELTS (Preparatory)
As the university grows and as its institutional capacity is built up, the University will offer programs in a large number of disciplines. BRAC University will provide instruction and confer degrees in all branches of Arts, Social Science and Science including Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, Agriculture, etc. Degrees will be granted at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate (doctoral) levels. In addition, the University will offer Diploma programs on professional courses.
The Honorable President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh is the Chancellor of BRAC University. The Governing Board is the highest policy making body of BRAC University and is responsible for ensuring the highest level of educational and administrative standard at BRAC University. A number of committees assist the Board in matters essential to the smooth functioning of the University. The committees are: Academic Council, Course Committee, Finance Committee, Selection Committee, Audit Committee, Committee on Student Affairs, Disciplinary Committee, Committee on University Development and Committee on Medical Facilities. The Vice Chancellor (VC) is the Chief Executive and Academic Officer of the University. The academic wing of the University consists of Deans of Faculties/Schools, Chairpersons of the Departments and Faculty Members. The Director of Research is responsible for research, advisory services and publications. The Director of Student Affairs co-ordinates and supports all extra-curricular activities. The Librarian who is assisted by a Deputy Librarian and Assistant Librarians head the University library. The Registrar with Deputy Registrar, Assistant Registrar and Officers are responsible for day-to-day administration, human resource management, technological services and records.