Bangladesh is the seventh largest nation in the world with a population of about 160 million. She has enormous potential for rapid development in the new world economy. The people of the country are ambitious, hard-working, extremely conscious of democratic norms and the values of education, especially higher education. Given the opportunities to advance the young would jump to gain skills necessary in the new information economy.
The public university system in Bangladesh has a glorious history but a disturbed present and somewhat uncertain future. The public universities and colleges have become prisons of violent student politics that threaten to undermine the very foundation which these institutions are based on. The politicization of institutions destroyed the core of these formerly thriving institutions. The solutions are not to be found in the near horizon. The importance of higher education to the economic future of the nation cannot be underestimated. So, if this generation is to be saved, alternatives must be sought.
Private universities are the immediate alternative. The Private University Act of 1992, has made possible, so far, the setting up of 50 private universities. This is not including the hundreds of private colleges, admittedly many with unsatisfactory academic performances, which have come into existence in the private sector.
Given the population projections and the examples of other nations in Asia which have richer and deeper experiences with the private universities, the private higher education institutions in Bangladesh have great potential.
The Founder Vice Chancellor of Presidency University is Mr. Muslehuddin Ahmad, a former Secretary and Ambassador of Bangladesh. Indeed it is he who first came out with the proposal to establish a private university in Bangladesh in 1988. A group of academicians, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists came forward to support the proposal to establish this university.
The vision of Presidency University is to become a leading university in this region. Its vision is to contribute to the development of Bangladesh by providing quality higher education and continuous development program through research.
Mission and Values
Presidency University has been established with the aim of providing quality education to its students at the lowest possible expense. The emphasis is given on creating an institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, training, and community services. One of the main objectives is to develop human resources capable of understanding and facing the socio-economic needs of the country. The university shall also do everything possible to protect and promote Bangladeshi cultural heritage.
The university aims at fully equipping each student with the necessary skills to be active participants in the information age. Special emphasis is given on hands-on experience, computer and other IT skills development and research techniques. The university emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving skills, and communication skills in its teaching methods and classroom practices.
Presidency University is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and it ensures that all students and employees of the university regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality, origin, social grouping, and age receive benefits of a just and equitable system.
Board of Trustees
Mr. M. Amanullah, Chairperson
Ms. Rokia Afzal Rahman, Member
Mr. Moazzam Hossain, Member
Prof. Mahbub Ahmed, Member
Ms. Tazneen Aman, Member
Ms. Fauzia Ahmed, Member
Ms. Ilya Raaz Hossain, Member
Mr. Mabroor Hossain, Member
Mr. Tahrin Aman, Member
Ms. Tasmina Mahbub, Member
Ms. Mehtaj Hossain, Member
Dr. Erum Mariam, Member
Ms. Nusrat Aman, Member
Ms. Faiza Rahman, Member
Mr. Imran Faiz Rahman, Member
Ms. Hasbina Mahbub, Member