BRAC University

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BRAC University (Bengali :ব্র্যাক বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a private university located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The University was established by BRAC in 2001 under The Private University Act 1992. . BRAC University had its first convocation in January, 2006. Mr Fazle Hasan Abed is the president of BRACU.

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 a not for profit institution accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh. The mission of 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 university seeks 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.

Location

BRAC University 's main campus is located on Mohakhali street in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It has another campus at Savar in Dhaka, called TARC (Training And Resource Center).

Residential Semester

All students are required to complete a Residential Semester in the first year of their program. The first semester will be held at the downtown Dhaka campus (on Mohakhali) and one of the following two semesters (either the second or the third) will be a residential semester in Savar Campus. The purpose of the residential semester is to enhance students' communication skills (especially in English), to foster a sense of community among the students, and to develop leadership qualities through various exercises and activities. BRAC University is the only university in Bangladesh to offer such a residential semester.

Institutes, Schools and Centre

BRAC University includes the following schools: BRAC Business School (BBS):
The BRAC Business School seeks to contribute to the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the field of management and business administration, and to improve management effectiveness of business and non-business organizations. BBS does this through education, training, research, publications and advisory services. The school offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Executive MBA Programme, and Master in Bank Management.

BRAC Development Institute (BDI):
The recently created BRAC Development Institute seeks to promote research and build knowledge on practical solutions to problems of the poor in the global South. Core research areas of BDI include: social protection and pathways for the poorest to graduate out of extreme poverty; financial services and access for poorer clients; women’s empowerment and changes in gendered power relations; democratic governance and social accountability at the local level; climate change and urban poverty; value chains and building markets for the poor. In addition, BDI runs a Master’s in Development Studies (MDS) program and offers other academic courses.

Institute of Governance Studies (IGS):
The twenty-first century poses new promises as well as threats to the developing world. Not only is an understanding of changes in globalization necessary, the state must be effective in ensuring good governance as an essential prerequisite for sustainable development. The Institute education facilities currently offers post-graduate education to government officers/civil servants but is open to participation by executives from industry, NGOs, the media, and civil society in the future. IGS hopes to enhance their knowledge and capacity to contribute towards better governance. The institute also contains a research wing that works towards publishing research papers to educate the public in crucial issues of governance problems in Bangladesh. It also conducts numerous seminars and workshops geared towards engaging government officials. Each year, IGS also brings out the State of Governance Report, its flagship publication, which tries to identify the most crucial problems that need to be addressed to improve the accountability of public institutions in Bangladesh.

Institute of Educational Development (IED):
The central objective of IED is to build professional capacities and strengthen the knowledge base to develop competencies to address the challenges in educational development in line with national aspirations and priorities in Bangladesh and the region.

James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH):
JPGSPH seeks to provide public health education of international excellence relevant to the particular of the developing world, fostered through the partnership amongst BRAC, ICDDR, B and internationally recognized schools of public health in Europe and America.

School of Law (SoL):
The School of Law was set up almost four years ago and has steadily grown to include almost 100 students. The school offers a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.).

School of Engineering & Computer Science (SECS):
The goal of this School is to produce well-rounded and well-balanced graduates who can use Electronics and Communication Engineering and/or Computer Science and Engineering tools to solve real world problems. The School will be divided into two separate departments namely Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) Department.

Centre for Languages (CfL):
Through its hard work and focus on creative and forward thinking teaching concepts, the English Language Programme (EL Pro) has now become BRAC University, The Centre for Languages, (BU CfL)

BU CfL is offering a new and exciting range of languages, such as English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, and of course, Bangla. The Centre’s learners include students who need a foreign language for successful admission to a graduate program, and adults who need a foreign language to be successful in the global economy. We hope to assist expatriates living in Dhaka, who need to or would like to learn Bangla.

Departments

Department of Architecture (ARCH)
Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
Department of Economics and Social Science (ESS)
Department of English and Humanities (ENH)
Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNS)

Academic programmes

The University offers following Undergraduate Programmes: Architecture
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Computer Science
Economics
English
Law
Physics
BS in Mathematics
BS in Applied Physics and Electronics

The University also offers the following Post Graduate Programmes: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Executive MBA (EMBA)
Master in Bank Management (MBM)
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master in Public Health (MPH)
M.S. in Biotechnology
MA in English
MA in Governance Development
M.S. in Applied Economics(MSAE)
Masters in Education (MEd)
Post Graduate Programs in Disaster Management degrees
Professional Development Academic Programme in Early Childhood Development (ECD)
M.Sc. / M.Engg. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Students

BRAC University began in 2001 with less than 100 students. Now, it has grown to hosting more than 3,700. The university student population includes some foreign students from Japan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, the Netherlands, and USA.

Library

The BRAC University library - the Ayesha Abed Library - has more than 35,000 books, a collection of print journals and other publications, and subscriptions to international academic journals. The library has two branches: one downtown, and another at Savar Campus.

Student activities

BRAC University has a growing extracurricular environment through its seven student clubs (Electronics & Communication Club, Computer club, Cricket club, Cultural club, Debating club, English writing club, Indoor games club and Photography club), one society (Blood donation society) and five forums (Adolescent empowerment forum, Entrepreneurship development forum, Forum for social development, Forum of national heritage and Theatre for social transformation). Those activities are arranged and organized by the students and the faculty members of the university.

Organizational Structure

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 extracurricular 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.

Research

Centre for Research on Bangla Language Processing (CRBLP) [The Centre for Research on Bangla Language Processing (CRBLP) is the only research centre in Bangladesh that is dedicated to software localization. It was established in 2004 with seed funding from the International Development Research Corporation (IDRC) of Canada through its PAN Localization Network (PanL10n) program, and has since secured additional support from the Microsoft Corporation of USA. The CRBLP research team has been working on Bangla document authoring, information retrieval (spell checker, Search Engine), Optical Character Recognition, Speech Processing (Speech Synthesis, Speech Recognition), Pronunciation Generator, Morphological Analysis, Parts of Speech Tagging, Computational Syntax, Grammar Checker, Text Categorization, language modelling and related research areas. All of their software is released under an open source license. Please visit the website of CRBLP for details http://crblp.bracu.ac.bd ]1


Sources and References

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