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Dhaka, Bangladesh


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For a long time, the prevailing education system within the country has contributed mostly towards the creation of an unemployed army of educated manpower, without the necessary vision to lead the country toward progress and prosperity. It is leaving the nation as a whole without any direction. A major reason behind this lack of direction is that the prevailing education system has become intensely materialistic and ignores the fact that a complete educational system should put equal if not more emphasis on raising the moral and social consciousness of the students.

A group of visionary educationists, industrialists, social workers and professionals led by Mujib Khan started to think of bringing about a qualitative change in the educational system of the country. It was their belief that an alternative education system needs to be developed in consideration of the country's needs as well as towards more effectively meeting the challenges of global realities.

Having that vision, these enterprising individuals formed a non-profit and non-political social organization, the Student Welfare Organization of Bangladesh (SWOB) in 1978 for guiding the youth. It was hoped that they could find out a purposeful direction of life through continuous motivation, guidance, and evaluation. To achieve SWOB's mission more effectively, the College of Development Alternative (CODA) was founded in 1993, and the School of Development Alternative in 1996. Within a very short time, CODA and SODA evolved into leading academic institutions of the country with a different vision and strategy. Continuing that tradition, the University of Development Alternative was opened in 2002. Cumulatively, the three institutions embody the original vision of a system of Complete Education For Alternative Development (CEFAD), imparting technical as well as social education from childhood to maturity.

In the year 2002 the Government of Bangladesh approved the University of Development Alternative (UODA) and now under 4 faculties, UODA offers 4-year honors degree in 12 subjects. The students will also be able to achieve their Master's degree in their respective subjects.

Why study here

As opposed to the prevailing system of higher education in the public sphere, a new trend of private initiatives has become apparent since the early 1990s. UODA hopes to equip its graduates with the necessary preparations for meeting today's challenging economy.

We learn from the experiences of development worldwide. Our motto is to find alternatives to the currently received wisdom in the field of social development. The name Development Alternative embodies that spirit. It aims at the development of an educated young manpower with practical training and adequate motivation, so that they can both build up their careers and contribute to national development. This can help meet the challenges of the 21st century in all spheres of professional life.


UODA's mission is to make itself a leading center of academic excellence in the country for developing human resources by providing appropriate skills and civic virtues in view of the challenges of our times.


To fulfill its mission, UODA emphasizes the following as a general strategy:

Carefully selects the students and motivate them to complete the program of study in due time.
Offers courses and curricula with a view to equipping the students to prepare themselves sufficiently, so that they can face the challenges of the 21st century.
Continuously monitor the students' progress throughout the year and take timely feedback.
Ensures adequate logistical support and maintain a congenial environment for teaching and learning.

Our strategy is founded on:

Faculties comprising of highly qualified and internationally experienced teachers.
Practical teaching and a job-oriented training program as an integral part of the university curricula.

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