BRAC University has significant faculty and human
resources, physical and financial resources. BRAC University has managed to create an ideal environment for students to acquire knowledge.
BRACU faculty comprises of a unique blend of teachers, researchers and practitioners. The faculty consists of a distinguished body of scholars with proven teaching and research excellence. Many have doctoral degrees from universities abroad. Many others are postgraduate degree holders and professionals with varied experience. Visiting faculty members from
USA, Canada, UK, Australia and other countries bring diversity and richness in the learning environment.
The present campus of the University located at 66, Mohakhali in Dhaka City has excellent communication links to all parts of the city as well as outside the city.
Taxis, baby taxis, rickshaws, and buses are readily available. Moreover, the campus is situated five minutes away from
Mohakhali's Premium and Volvo bus stand. The five-storied University Building accommodates a
lounge, an information desk, a student counseling office, classrooms, seminar
rooms, computer laboratories, a language laboratory, the Registrar's office, administrative
office, accounts office, the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department, Executive
floor, a cafeteria, a student's common room and a semi outdoor sitting plaza (Prangan). BRACU occupies eighteen floors of Aarong House
(AH), a twenty-storied building situated adjacent to the University building. The BU library extends over two floors of this structure. BRAC Business School
(BBS), English and Humanities (ENH) department, classrooms, computer labs and internet facilities for students are also located there. The University also occupies six floors of Civil Engineers Bhaban
(CB), a building located a block away from the main University building. These floors house the Departments of
Architecture, Economics and Social Sciences and Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Schools of Law and Public Health. The Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) is located in
Gulshan, while the Institute of Educational Development (IED) is in Niketan.
The University plans to shift its activities to the new campus in 4 to 5 years. The process of acquiring land in
Badda, Gulshan and constructing the permanent building is under process.
All students are required to attend a Residential Semester within first year of admission. The first semester will be held in Mohakhali campus and one of the following two semesters will be a residential semester in Savar Campus. The Residential semester aims at enhancing the communication skills of the
students, especially in English. It will also emphasize, through various exercises and
activities, the development of leadership qualities as well as the ability to live and function together as a group.
Facilities for Learning
BU has classrooms of various sizes, ranging from regular ones that can hold 30-50
seats, to large ones with a capacity of 60-80 seats. Each classroom is fully air-conditioned and equipped with multimedia
projectors, overhead projectors and computers with access to the Internet. Some classrooms
have, in addition to these, televisions, VCR and equipment that can be used for teleconferencing.
Furthermore, BU has access to facilities at BRAC Centre Inn and BRAC support facilities all over Bangladesh for the use of teachers and students during field visits.
Currently there are three labs at the University Building (UB), six at Aarong House
(AH), including the library, one at Standard Tower, Four in the Savar campus, including a SPSS lab that is used exclusively by MPH
students, and one in the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) at Gulshan. These computer labs have a total of 345
computers, of which 80 are in the Savar campus and 26 are in the Rajendrapur campus. These are all latest model personal computers with built-in multi-media connected to IBM xSeries 226 and 236 Servers by a Windows NT local area network (LAN). For all lab
work, there is one computer for each student. Computers are connected to a host of other peripheral devices such as
scanners, printers, digital cameras, etc. Suitable UPS units back up electric power supply to all computers and peripheral devices.
Furthermore, stand-by generators back up other electric equipment. All these facilities are continually being upgraded to keep pace with changing technology.
Furthermore, all servers have been upgraded with new configurations, as have the
student, staff and faculty main servers.
The purpose of establishing a separate digital lab was to enhance students' understanding of
microprocessors, circuits and electronics. This lab contains a wide variety of
equipment, including oscilloscopes, trainer boards, microprocessors, digital
multimeters, ammeters, wattmeters, rheostats, generators, inductors and other such equipment.
Electronic Systems Laboratory
This laboratory provides support for instruction and research in the areas of basic analog and digital logic
design, discrete component testing, fundamental circuit design, microprocessing
interfacing, assembly language programming and communication theory. The laboratory is equipped with digital systems development including FPGA/VHDL for advanced course work and thesis
research, CAD facilities capable of schematic capture, circuit simulation and fault detection. The lab utilizes various test equipment to include but not limited to
oscilloscopes, signal generators, spectrum analyzer, DSO & logic analyzer, multimeters and high-speed data acquisition equipment.
The telecommunications laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility, is fully equipped with hardware and software to support a multitude of instructional and thesis/project activities on the broad area of digital
communications, wireless and mobile communications, multimedia communications and network simulation. Lab facilities also include PCM analyzer/Frame
analyzer, PCM performance analyzer and trainer for modulation and keying (e.g.,
PSK, FSK, ASK, QPSK etc).
Signal Processing Laboratory
This laboratory supports instruction and thesis/research in the area of Digital Signal Processing. Research and thesis work include data modeling and
processing, image analysis and modeling, signal detection and classification, multi-rate processing and other areas. Lab facilities include several PCs equipped with the latest MIDAS Engineering hardware and standard software package.
This laboratory supports instruction and project/thesis in the area of microwave systems and technology. This is accomplished with a mix of
hardware, instruments and test systems. The Lab facilities include Microwave communications teaching set (scanTEK 2000) with CT60 and CT60IS.
Control Systems Laboratory
This laboratory emphasizes problem based learning and research using pilot plant. Lab facilities include servo control stations
(CA06, LJ Group) and associated computers (equipped with A/D and D/A data acquisition
cards, Matlab/SIMULINK software and RT-Linux for RTS) that are used to conduct simulations and physical
experiments, modeling, analysis, and design of control systems.
Optical Electronics Laboratory
The Optical Electronics Laboratory provides educational and project/thesis support in the areas of fiber
optics, integrated optics and electro-optics. The Lab facilities include fiber optics instrumentation (optical fibres DL
3155M63, De Lorenzo Group) set. This laboratory supports ECE340 and ECE410 courses.
Cisco Networking Laboratory
The Cisco Laboratory of BRACU has the Cisco Premium Bundle 1.6, which includes 2600 routing
products, switching products and other support products. Students will learn how to install and configure Cisco switches and routers in multiprotocol networks using local-and wide-area networks (LANs and
WANs), provide Level 1 and 2 troubleshooting services, and improve network performance and security.
Additionally, instruction and training are provided in the proper care,
maintenance, and use of networking software tools and equipment. The laboratory caters for the networking courses into which the CCNA certification Program has been integrated. Along with that this lab is also used for some introductory and intermediate Computer Science and Engineering
BRACU has a dedicated Linux Laboratory using the Fedora Core 6 distribution at the time of this writing. The Linux Laboratory is used for all the advanced Computer Science and Engineering laboratory
courses, as well as for some of the introductory and intermediate ones. It is also heavily used for undergraduate thesis projects. The Linux Laboratory is set up so that the software on the client computers can be
installed, or upgraded, and managed using a solution that does not require any operator intervention.
Laboratory Facilities of the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department
For its undergraduate program in physics laboratory experiments on different topics of physics have been set up. These labs supplement the theory courses and strengthen
students' theoretical concepts. Students of other departments taking physics courses also carryout experiments using the physics lab facilities in addition to their theory classes.
MNS Department also has a mathematics lab where students solve mathematical problems on
calculus, numerical analysis, matrices, ordinary & partial differential equations etc. using the athematica software.
A unique feature of the MS. in biotechnology course run by the MNS Department is to give emphasis to lab exercises. This is facilitated by having
MOU'S with BRAC ARDC at Gazipur, ICDDR,B and the University of Dhaka. These agreements will make it possible for the students to use these lab facilities whereby they can acquire the very necessary hands on experience. It is also envisaged to set up the different biotechnology labs at BRACU gradually.
The language lab in BRACU is one of the first of its kind in the country. It is meant to help students improve their language and communication skills. The lab is divided into individual
cubicles, each equipped with headphones, recording and playback devices.
Video Conferencing Centre
BU is the only university that has its own Video Conferencing Centre. This is located on the 18th floor of Aarong House and is used to conduct live
meetings, corporate affairs, seminars and presentations among people who are geographically apart.
Furthermore, it enables virtual tours and participation in global events. Around 20 people can participate at a time.
The IT Network of BU enables all members, students and faculty alike, to maintain personal user accounts with an email account and a home folder. In addition to
this, all members can access certain common folders. This makes sharing and distribution of class
lectures, assignments and other such information a mouse click away. BU now has 620 workstations linked together through Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN).
There are eight architecture studios at BU, each equipped with large drawing
tables, worktables, equipment such as rulers, lockers and plenty of space in which to display the final outcomes. Each of these studios can hold up to 20 students at a time.
Ayesha Abed Library
Spread over two floors of Aarong House, the library of BU covers an area of 9,000 square feet. The library currently has over
17,000 textbooks, journals, magazines, research papers and other digital resources. In
addition, BU has a subscription to the journal archive, JSTOR (www.jstor.org). Six professional librarians staff the reference/circulation
desk, perform literature searches, offer training, referral and bibliographic services. E-mail facilities for individual students and photocopying are available. Agora and Hinari full text journal databases provide web access to over
4,000 serial titles covering medicine, development, appropriate technology and social sciences. The library online book catalog is available through the Internet.
The library on the third floor of Aarong House has workstations, a newspaper
corner, a CD corner, silent study rooms, discussion rooms as well as a general study area. BRAC employees also have access to the library. Inter library loans and cooperative information exchange with other major libraries supports reference and research responses.
Over sixty computers are located on the 2nd floor of Aarong House, which provide on-line access to Internet. The library is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on all working days and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Cafeteria of the university is a spacious and well-lit area that can hold up to 150 students at any given time. It serves a variety of
snacks, meals and Drinks. Adjacent to the cafeteria is the Indoor Games Room, with provisions for playing table
tennis, carom and chess.
Prangan, located on the first floor of the University Building, is an open-air garden with a capacity of 100 students. This area includes a snack bar that serves
tea, coffee and snacks, a provision for indoor games such as carom and chess and plenty of seats where students can lounge around and enjoy the fresh air.
Career Services Office (CSO)
The chief mission of the Career Services Office (CSO) at BRACU is to prepare students for the job market in Bangladesh. CSO will provide a knowledge base in career planning skills & tools. The activities at CSO are partnership-effort oriented; it will make a match between the individual student and the employing organization. CSO provides a variety of
programs, workshops, and individual counseling opportunities to help students to develop themselves professionally. The services provided to students is consistent with the
Ways to develop skills:
Clubs, Organizations, Extracurricular Activities
Professional Skills Development Program
Services that we offer from the office are:
Services we offer to assist in the job search process:
Teaching Learning Centre (TLC)
The Teaching Learning Centre (TLC) at BRACU works both with faculty and students to examine attitudes towards teaching and learning. TLC was introduced in the year 2006 with the mission to build awareness among
students, encourage and facilitate a student centered learning environment across the departments of the University. TLC currently organizes:
Retreat two-day workshops for teachers
Two-day orientation workshops for students that introduce as well as implement the concept of self-rules at the Residential Semester
Study skill workshops for Residential Semester students
Individual counseling for students with study problems
addition, TLC offers support in developing student centered learning courses.
Recently, it has helped restructure the Ethics and Culture course that is conducted at the Residential Semester of BRACU. The course now includes self-reflection
essays, discovery of self, Ethics Committees and dramas. Evaluation has shown that students now
enjoy, participate and learn much more in the course.
Center for Languages (CfL)
Center for Languages (CfL) is devoted exclusively to teaching, training, improving and supporting the English language skills of students and professionals of all stages. All faculty members are English language specialists with extensive experience in teaching at all levels. The facilities provided by CfL are varied and customized and focused on the maximum output in terms of teaching
delivery, assessment, course design and logistics. CfL believes that language learning has a parameter beyond the scope of classrooms.
Hence, it involves students in extra-curricular activities in its residential campus in Savar to bring out
students' latent potential and talent.
Centre for Research on Bangla Language Processing (CRBLP)
The Centre for Research on Bangla Language Processing is the only research centre in Bangladesh that is dedicated to software localization. It was established in 2005 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. CRBLP has a 3-fold mission: (i) to develop multilingual ICT solutions to aid national
development, (ii) to build human resource capacity in the field of Computational Linguistics to develop these
technologies, and (iii) to advance policy to bring sustainability and focus to this effort in Bangladesh. For more information on
CRBLP, please visit its website at http://www.bracu.ac.bd/research/crblp/.
Economics and Social Sciences Research Cell (ESSRC)
The Department of Economics and Social Sciences (ESS) has established a research cell to facilitate research by its faculty and graduate students. The objective of this cell is to create a supporting environment for research by providing services ranging from basic research and data
collection, to the broader issues of problem identification and mentoring by senior faculty. The cell organizes regular seminars and workshops as a means to disseminate research
results, and to foster collaboration among the researchers within and beyond the university. The ESS research cell is planning to bring out a journal annually to disseminate original research
findings, and to create a database of primary and secondary data.
Six issues of BRACU journal were published. The journals contained articles relevant to the departments of BRACU. The contributions came from both within and outside
BRACU's mission is to achieve excellence in all round education. The components of all round
education, i.e., learning, development and identity formation are interactive and add to each other. The students can experience all of these through participating in co curricular activities along with regular studies.
University's Student Affairs Office (SAO) provides full support in this respect.
Clubs and Forum
The co curricular arena of the university is quite vibrant and student-oriented. There are a total of 28 student clubs and forums in categories of:
These clubs and forums provide opportunities for developing
leadership, confidence, goal setting, sense of ownership, time management, collaboration and teamwork. The clubs and forums are:
AIESEC BU (International Club)
Football Club FCBU
Art Society BU
Global Affairs Forum GAFBU
Business Club Biz Bee
Indoor Games Club BUIGC
BU Student Newsletter
MBA Forum (for MBA Students)
Computer Club BUCC
Cricket Club BU Cricket Club
OIKOS Dhaka (International Club)
Cultural Club BUCuC
National Heritage Forum BUNHF
Debating Club BUDC
Photography Club BUPC
Drama and Theater Forum BUDTF
Natural Sciences Club BUNSC
Social Development Forum SDF
Economics Club BUEC
Social Entrepreneurship Forum BUSEF
Entrepreneurship Development Forum EDF
BRACU MIS Forum
Environment Awareness Forum
Rotaract Club of BRACU
Film Club BUFC
Rural Development Club BURDC
The composition of each club or forum includes teacher/staff
advisors, a coordinator and student representatives. Enrolment of members is done during the club fair held each semester. The Director of the Student Affairs supervises the activities with the help of an assistant director and a department coordination officer.
A multiuse hall, two eighty-seat lecture halls, cafeteria and a planted semi-outdoor space with technical support are used for
seminars, workshops, exhibitions, indoor games, competitions, fairs and cultural activities. The residential campus in Savar provides a play field for games. The facilities of BRAC throughout the country such as training centers with
dormitories, transport and guides to places are available for tours and other events.
A yearly award system has been introduced for the students with major contributions as well as for the most active club. The SAO has currently adopted the
'Ambassador Program', where students good in leadership, time management, collaboration and teamwork are selected from clubs and forums and trained to represent the university.
Annual assessment of the co curricular activities has been conducted since 2006. University rules have been introduced for participating in the activities without hindering academic performance.
Major activities of clubs and forums include:
Cricket, Football and Indoor Games
Voluntary Blood Donation Campaign
Community Volunteer Work
Art, Photography and Hobby Exhibition
Seminar and Workshop
Art, Debate, Music
Celebration of national and international
Photography, Computer programming & events such as Pohela Boishakh, Business plan
International Mother Language Day, Independence Day, Victory Day
Annual Cultural Program
Help group/Help sessions
The Student Affairs Office emphasizes on the wholeness of university experience through synchronized development of
body, mind and spirit. It aims at integrating co curricular with academic
learning, and stresses on service learning through community volunteer work.
BRACU Alumni Association
Objective of this association is to promote the interests of BRACU Alumni
network, guide and mentor students and alumni and ensure that BRACU stays dynamic and constantly updated in response to the changing needs of society.
Our mission is to connect alumni to BRACU and, provide each other valuable
benefits, services and resources and support to the University's mission of
teaching, research and service.
The association provides professional and personal enrichment opportunities for alumni and friends through
educational, informational and social events. Working closely with the
University, the Association informs alumni of the University's events and news provides a forum for continued dialogue with the University.
The association is intended to provide services such as helping students finding
jobs, career advice for freshers, sharing job experiences, building fund-raising
support, providing suggestions to change the BRACU curriculum which will meet the current demands of the market and strengthen
Any graduate of BRACU, who has obtained an honorary or regular degree (undergraduate or
postgraduate), certificate or diploma from BRACU; or was formally enrolled at BRACU as a full-time or part-time student for a period of not less than two semesters or equivalent; as well as all alumni of
BRACU, is considered to be members of the BRACU Alumni Association. An executive committee consisting of six members carries out the operations of the association. Each executive committee stays in office for one year. To assist the executive committee in their
duties, there are several subcommittees, each in charge of different aspects of the organization.