Independent University
ইন্ডিপেন্ডেন্ট বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
MottoTeacheth man that which he knew not
Established1993; 31 years ago (1993)
AffiliationUniversity Grants Commission (UGC)


ChancellorPresident Mohammed Shahabuddin
Vice-ChancellorTanweer Hasan
Academic staff
Plot 16, Block B, Aftabuddin Ahmed Road
Bashundhara, Dhaka
CampusUrban, 3 acres (1.2 ha)
Research Grants Allocated to FacultiesBDT. 69,752,000 (2022-23)
Colors    Blue and saffron
Chancellor Zillur Rahman speech on 14th Convocation

Independent University, Bangladesh (Bengali: ইন্ডিপেন্ডেন্ট বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) or IUB is a private university in Bangladesh. It is located in Bashundhara Residential Area of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was established in 1993 under the Private University Act, 1992.[1][2]


Independent University, Bangladesh was established in 1993.[3]

List of vice-chancellors



The educational curriculum adheres to the North American Liberal Arts Model, with English serving as the medium of instruction. Currently, there are five academic schools. [7]

School of Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE)

Undergraduate program

The school offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. Available areas of concentration are accounting, economics, finance, general management, human resource management, international business, management information systems, and marketing.[8]

Graduate program (MBA)

The school offers an MBA degree. Students are allowed up to five years from the date of initial enrollment to complete the degree requirements. It is possible to finish the program within five semesters by taking the maximum course load, or within three semesters if students have waivers or transfer courses. Available areas of concentration are banking, finance, human resources management, and marketing.[9]

Graduate program (EMBA)

The school also offers an EMBA degree.

Graduate program (MSc Economics)

The school also offers a Master of Science (MSc) in Economics degree. [10] The program offers a concentration in Development Economics, International Economics, Applied Econometrics, Financial Economics and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

School of Engineering, Technology, and Sciences (SETS)

Undergraduate program

The school offers undergraduate programs on various majors under the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Department of Physical Sciences:

  1. B.Sc. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE)
  2. B.Sc. in Electrical & Telecommunication Engineering (ETE)
  3. B.Sc. in Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)[11]
  4. B.Sc. in Computer Science (CS)
  5. B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (CEN)
  6. B.Sc. in Physics
  7. B.Sc. in Mathematics

Graduate program

  1. M.Sc. in Computer Networks and Communications (CNC)
  2. M.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering (TE)
  3. M.Sc. / M.Eng. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE)
  4. M.Sc. in Computer Science (CSC)
  5. M.Sc. in Software Engineering (SEN)

School of Environment and Life Sciences (SELS)

Undergraduate program

The school offers undergraduate programs on various majors under the Department of Environmental Science and Management and the Department of Life Sciences.

  1. B.Sc. in Environmental Science and Management
  1. B.Sc. in Microbiology
  2. B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Graduate program

The school offers graduate programs on various majors.

School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SLASS)

Undergraduate program

The school offers undergraduate programs on a rare variety including Anthropology, Sociology, Global Studies and Governance (the only program of such kind in the country), Media and Communication (Advertising, Film Studies, Journalism and Development Communication), English Literature, English Language Teaching and Law. Besides the school offers undergraduate minors on all subjects mentioned above. It also offers many foundation courses ranging from history to philosophy, art to politics, music to culture.

Graduate program

The school offers graduate programs in Development Studies, English Language Teaching, Media and Communication, and English Literature.

School of Pharmacy and Public Health (SPPH)

Undergraduate program

The school offers an undergraduate program in Pharmacy.

  1. Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)

Executive Master of Public Health

The school offers an executive master of Public Health.


The faculty members at IUB actively contribute to research and regularly publish in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to conventional classroom-based teaching, students are actively involved in research from the early stages of their academic journeys. Notably, IUB has exhibited a consistent commitment to research, as evidenced by its financial allocations of BDT 3.05 crore, BDT 4.31 crore, and BDT 6.1 crore during the fiscal years 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23, respectively. This reflects a steady and growing investment in advancing research initiatives at the institution.[12]


The faculty includes scholars such as musicologist Mustafa Zaman Abbasi,[13] microbiologist Shah M. Faruque,[14] pharmacologist J. M. A. Hannan,[15] and climatologist Saleemul Huq.[16] Ekushey Padak and Independence Day Award recipient Enamul Haque taught at the university.[17]


Demographic of student body (2023)[18]
Student 2022 2021 2020 2019
Male 59.33% 60.91% 61.97% 64.27%
Female 40.67% 39.09% 38.03% 35.73%


The IUB campus spans across 3 acres, featuring an amphitheater and state-of-the-art laboratories dedicated to life, environmental, and social sciences, as well as engineering. The infrastructure includes 95 multimedia classrooms, fully equipped for both physical and online classes. The campus is further enriched with an auditorium, separate gymnasiums for men and women, a swimming pool, yoga studio, chess and carrom stations, a table tennis court, a spacious sports complex, and a food court. Additionally, accommodations are provided in the form of a dormitory for female students from outside Dhaka and a guest house for visiting scholars.[19]

Arena of IUB



Established in 1992 within a single room in a rented residence at Banani, Dhaka, the IUB Library received an initial donation of 160 volumes of books from Dr. A. Majeed Khan, the founder President and President Emeritus of IUB. Driven by a commitment to learning and discovery, the library quickly expanded, moving to larger spaces at House number 8, Road 10, Baridhara, Dhaka, in 1993, and later to two floors of a rented house on Baridhara’s Road 14, House number 5, in 1998.

Anticipating the evolving needs of the university community, the library continued its evolution, gradually becoming a hub of knowledge acquisition spanning three floors. The library found its permanent home on the university's campus, transitioning from Baridhara to Bashundhara. In 2010, the relocation to the university's permanent campus marked a new chapter in the library's history. Presently, the IUB Library proudly occupies four meticulously designed floors in the western section of the campus, strategically positioned for easy accessibility to all seekers of knowledge.[20]

The IUB Library has a collection of more than 250,000 e-books and provides entry to esteemed resource centers like ABI Global (ProQuest), Cambridge University Press Journals, EBSCOhost, Emerald Journals, IEEEXplore, JSTOR Journals, Literary Encyclopedia, National Geographic, SpringerLink Journals, and various others.[21]


IUB provides a secure dormitory to accommodate female students arriving from locations outside Dhaka, as well as foreign students. Additionally, a guesthouse is available to host visiting scholars.[22]


The following list of clubs as per the university website:[23]

  1. Global Gatekeepers
  2. Green Planet Club
  3. IEEE Computer Society, IUB
  4. IEEE IUB Student Branch
  5. Independent Accounting Association (IAA)
  6. Independent Beta Elites
  7. Independent HR Society (IHRS)
  8. Independent Managerial Society
  9. Independent Marketers’ Association
  10. Independent Photography Club - IPC
  11. IUB ACM Student Chapter
  12. IUB Art Club
  13. IUB Badminton Club
  14. IUB Chess Club
  15. IUB Cricket Club
  16. IUB Dance Club
  17. IUB Debate Club
  18. IUB English Language Club
  19. IUB Esports Club
  20. IUB Football Club
  21. IUB K-Club
  22. IUB Music Club
  23. IUB Table Tennis Club
  24. IUB Theatre Global
  25. IUB Toastmasters Club
  26. Jukti - The IUB CSE Club
  27. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award at IUB - DEA IUB
  28. The Environment Club

Notable people



  1. ^ Private University Act, 1992, archived from the original on 25 April 2003, retrieved 17 June 2007
  2. ^ IUB at a glance, Information about the University, retrieved 30 August 2015
  3. ^ "IUB". Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  4. ^ "Omar Rahman stays as VC of IUB". The Daily Star. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Professor Tanweer Hasan joins IUB as the new vice-chancellor". Dhaka Tribune. 22 February 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  6. ^ "IUB". Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  7. ^ "IUB". Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  8. ^ "Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)" (PDF). School of Business. Independent University, Bangladesh.
  9. ^ "Master of Business Administration (MBA)" (PDF). School of Business. Independent University, Bangladesh.
  10. ^ "M.Sc in Economics". 3 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Overview | Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IUB".
  12. ^ "IUB". Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  13. ^ Kamal, Nashid (24 December 2016). "Celebrating the birthday of a celebrity". The Daily Star.
  14. ^ "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). The World Academy of Sciences.
  15. ^ "Prof. Dr. J.M.A Hannan". Independent University, Bangladesh.
  16. ^ "IUB's Professor Saleemul Huq on Reuters Hot List of top climate scientists". 29 April 2021.
  17. ^ Sen, Geeti, ed. (1997). Crossing Boundaries. Orient Blackswan. p. 301. ISBN 978-81-250-1341-9.
  18. ^ "IUB". Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  19. ^ "IUB". Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  20. ^ a b "About IUB Library | IUB Library". Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  21. ^ "IUB". Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  22. ^ "IUB". Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  23. ^ "IUB". Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  24. ^ Hasan, Rakibul (6 May 2012). "Destined for Glory". Star Campus. The Daily Star.

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