CAMPUS AND LEARNING ATMOSPHERE
The permanent campus of IUBAT University is located at 4 Embankment Drive Road, Sector 10, Uttara Model Town, Dhaka with 5½ acres of own land. The panoramic campus surrounded by vast open space and natural scenic beauty at the bank of the river Turag is specially designed by a British architect for a university of the 21st century. IUBAT University is equipped with a library, computer and other labs, state-of-the-art teaching facilities including multimedia projectors and cafeterias – all to provide a suitable environment specifically designed for effective learning. It has cooperative arrangements with technical institutions in Dhaka for access to established laboratories and workshops for practical sessions, particularly in engineering, agriculture, and other sciences. Arrangements have been made with hospitals and clinics for practical work in nursing. IUBAT University students enjoy several attractive advantages:
- Permanent campus on 5.5 acres of own land
- Specially designed by a British architect for a university of the 21st century
- Healthy environment with scenic beauty on the bank of river Turag
- Classes with individualized instruction
- Record of scheduled classes that meet consistently
- English skills developed in all students
- Help Sessions under Learning Centers in Mathematics, English and Information Technology
- Regular Individual Consultations to Students by the Course Instructors
- Highly equipped laboratories with latest machineries and apparatuse. universal testing machine, subsonic wind tunnel and the like
- Computer training for all students
- Excellent national and international faculty including resident faculty from North America and European Union countries and Australia
- Linkages with many universities with credit transfer and higher study facilities
- International standard learning experience
- Professional counseling and guidance
- Financial support through scholarship, grant, fee waiver, rebate, deferred payment, campus job, special offer, student loan, etc
- Career guidance with practicum and job placement at home and abroad
- Extracurricular activities
- Part of modern Uttara residential area
- Assistance in finding accommodation at reasonable cost in the locality
- Well connected with all sections of metropolitan Dhaka and neighboring towns
- Evening classes for MBA and engineering degree programs
- Free transportation from city points, Savar, Gazipur and Kaligonj to campus
- Free shuttle service in Uttara and Tongi
- Wi-Fi campus
Student Group Health Insurance of up to Tk. 100,000 per year per student
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
IUBAT University programs emphasize task based and participative methods of instruction and use modern teaching aids like multimedia projectors, e-learning, overhead projectors, audios, videos, flipcharts, video-conferencing etc. IUBAT University invites professionals from different fields of interest as guest speakers to familiarize the students with advances and trends in the field of interest from within the country and abroad. Seminars on current topics and research issues are conducted periodically.
To ensure effective communication and learning, the methods of instruction are carefully chosen for a course from a wide array of lecture, discussion, case analysis, project work, term paper, film shows, exercises, role play, seminars, supervised reading, organization visits, etc. A heavy reliance is placed on coaching, project work, practice session and laboratory work. Students are encouraged to engage in shared learning by forming study groups and work teams. The program emphasizes development of closer interaction between teachers and students in formal and informal situations for educational and mental development of the students.
MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION
English is the medium of communication in the professional world. Academic books, journals, instruction manuals, etc. available in Bangladesh are mostly in English. Faculty members are mostly with wide teaching experiences in different countries using English as medium of instruction. The international faculty also teaches in English. So English is chosen as the medium of instruction and communication in all IUBAT University programs, communications and activities unless otherwise specified.
Students are required to purchase their books and reading materials which they must read critically and attentively, learn to work through texts on their own, understand these and come to class prepared to ask questions and offer interpretation of texts. To develop sound study habits, arrangements are made for supervised reading sessions. Students are required to prepare daily work assignments, participate in class discussions, make presentations and sit for periodical quizzes and tests. Arrangements are also made to hold seminars by executives or academicians on subjects of current and research interests.
Educational programs at IUBAT University are conducted by qualified and experienced faculty drawn from the country, region and overseas. The faculty composition reflects the application orientation of the university. Efforts of professional teachers are supplemented by persons drawn from application fields in the form of associate faculty. The cooperating universities abroad are a big resource base for visiting faculty and arrangements have been made to have visiting faculty to reflect the intercultural orientation of the university, some of which is also availed through international students admitted to the university. The present faculty composition has been shown in the faculty section of the bulletin.
IUBAT University is organized into colleges, departments and centers for academic activities. The management of the university is conducted in line with the provisions of the Non-Government University Act of 1992. The highest policy making body is the Board of Governors, chaired by the Founder of IUBAT University. The Board of Governors has appropriate representation of the Founder, recognized professional groups in the society, academics as well as other interest groups, alumni, donors and contributors to the educational programs of the university. The composition of the present Board of Governors has been shown in the administrative section of the bulletin.
There is an Academic Council, which is the main policy and programming body for academic affairs of the university. The Academic Council decisions are reported and ratified by the Board of Governors. The Academic Council consists of all faculty of IUBAT University and meets every month.
IUBAT University maintains linkages with a number of academic institutions, whose support and cooperation strengthens its academic base. There is an Overseas Advisory Council of IUBAT University, the composition of which has been shown in the last section of the bulletin.
IUBAT University does not discriminate in its programs and activities against any person because of race, ethnic origin, ancestry, religion, age, and sex. This non-discrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment of individuals and access to programs. The university has a pro-active policy towards participation of women and a desirable minimum target of 25% women students in the student body.
Agricultural Research Stations
IUBAT University has only one campus at Uttara Model Town, Dhaka, Bangladesh. There is no branch of the university carrying out any teaching program of the university anywhere in the country or outside.
There is an Integrated Haor Development Project (IHDP) of the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) at Bancharampur Upazilla of Brahmman Baria District on a Haor (marshy land) of 347 acres (around 141 hectare). The IHDP involves work with the local Fisher (Dibor) Community and the local Upazilla authority to increase fish production and the later activities for improving the overall socioeconomic conditions of the area, more particularly of that of the Dibor Community. The project involves fish farming, fishers’ training, afforestation, nursery, KBAD, women’s training, income generating initiatives, and the like activities. There is an Agricultural Research Station on 100 acres (around 41 hectare) of land at Naikhanchari, Bandarban district which is being developed. This research station will provide facilities to conduct research in highland agriculture, horticulture, floriculture and rubber cultivation. An experimental farm for the College of Agricultural Sciences is being established at Sreepur with the initial land area of around 11 acres. IUBAT University College of Agricultural Sciences (ICAS) believes in maintaining organic harmony with the rural community and initiatives are being taken to realize this vision. ICAS is in the process of establishing IUBAT University Agricultural Advisory Services (call center) for the farmers who can avail the services of the experts of the ICAS in solving their farm related problem over telephone, SMS, email, mail and personal visits. An website in Bangla has been developed and will be fully operational within first quarter of 2015 (www.iubat.edu/iaas).
The other aspects of service to the rural community are emerging through establishment of ICAS Agriculture-cum-Agro Tourism Service Centers in every agro-ecological zones (30) of Bangladesh. First one of this is the one established in Bancharampur, Brahman Baria named as Integrated Haor Development Project (IHDP). The second one is the Research Station at Bandarban. The third one is the Experimental Farm at Sreepur. The fourth one is being explored at Shampur, Malendah, Jamalpur in collaboration with Rezaul Karim Mia Foundation.
The experimental fields, centres and research stations will be beneficial to the students and researchers of the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Hospitality Management and Tourism.
Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh with a population of more than 15 million. The city is the seat of the national parliament, government and supreme court. Most of the industrial and business houses have their headquarters in the city. The city is full of greeneries, has several parks, a zoo and a riverfront. There are many historical monuments. It has a growing downtown area. The city has an admixture of traditional and modern life. It is a hospitable and friendly city. Dhaka is well connected with the rest of the country through rail, road, water and air transport. Dhaka has an international airport and major airlines use the same.
Bangladesh lies in the north eastern part of South Asia with the Bay of Bengal on the south of the country. The total area is 147,570sq. km. and the population is about 152 million. Bangladesh generally enjoys a sub-tropical climate. The three prominent seasons are winter, summer and monsoon. The country is rich in flora and fauna. The total forest area covers about 14% of the land area. Varieties of wild animals are found in the forest areas. Sundarban is the home of famous Royal Bengal Tigers and Cheetas.
Bangladesh offers ample tourist attractions. The capital city of Dhaka founded by the Mughals in 1608 has its old buildings and forts belonging to the Mughal period, and hundreds of historic mosques. There are many historical sites of pre-Mughal era, Bhuddist culture and Pala Kings of Bengal in the eighth century A.D. There is a 125 kms long beach at Cox’s Bazar on the Bay of Bengal. There are many seats of natural beauty, including green hills and fascinating mangrove forests.