Overview

Islamic University is ranked as one of the top public universities in Bangladesh as well as the largest seat of higher education in the south-western part of the country. Situated 24 kilometers south of Kushtia and 22 kilometers north of Jhenidah district-town, the university is by-passed by Khulna-Kushtia National Highway which provides its lifeline of connectivity with the rest of the country. The passing of the Islamic University Act in 1980 conferred this institution the permanent prestige of being the first university established after the independence of Bangladesh, reflecting the hope and aspiration of the new nation striving to be on par with other international players through the promotion of science, business, humanities, and interfaith dialogue.

   By now, Islamic university has been exceptionally renowned as the major international center for theological, general, applied science and engineering studies. The university addresses the needs of both the local and foreign students, facilitating them with a broad spectrum of undergraduate studies and postgraduate research and teaching. In this way, the university seeks to promote understanding of the rich cultural diversity of humankind in order to prepare students to go forth with wisdom, skills, and knowledge to serve and advance the communities in which they live and work.

The main objective for establishing Islamic University is "to provide for instruction in theology and other fields of Islamic Studies and comparative jurisprudence and such other branches of learning at Graduate and Postgraduate level as the University may think fit and make provision for research including Post-Doctorate research and training for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge" [Clause 5(a), The Islamic University Act 1980(37)]

 

Faculties and Departments

At present the university offers a wide range of academic programs through its 33 full-fledged departments under five faculties and one self-contained Institute of Islamic Education and Research (IIER). The government-approved recent organogram of the university sets out to operate 59 departments under 8 faculties and 3 self-contained Institutes. The faculty-wise distribution of departments is as follows:

1. Faculty of Theology and Islamic Studies

(1) Department of Al-Quran and Islamic Studies

(2) Department of Al-Hadit and Islamic Studies

(3) Department of Dawah and Islamic Studies
2. Faculty of Arts

(1) Department of Arabic Language and Literature

(2) Department of Bengali

(3) Department of English

(4) Department of Islamic History and Culture

(5) Department of Folklore Studies

(6) Department of History (proposed)

(7) Department of Philosophy (proposed)

(8) Department of Linguistics (proposed)

(9) Department of Theater and Performing Arts (proposed)

(10) Department of Music (proposed)

(11) Department of Fine Arts (proposed)

(12) Department of World Religion (proposed)
3 Faculty of Social Sciences

(1) Department of Economics

(2) Department of Political Science

(3) Department of Public Administration

(4) Department of Development Studies

(5) Department of Social Welfare

(6) Department of International Relations (proposed)

(7) Department of Sociology (proposed)

(8) Department of Anthropology (proposed)

(9) Department of Mass Communication & Journalism (proposed)
4 Faculty of Law

(1) Department of Law

(2) Department of al Fiqh & Legal Studies

(3) Department of Law and Land Management
5 Faculty of Business Administration

(1) Department of Accounting and Information Systems

(2) Department of Management

(3) Department of Finance

(4) Department of Marketing

(5) Department of Tourism and Hospitality

(6) Department of Human Resource Management

(7) Department of Banking and Insurance (proposed)

(8) Department of International Business (proposed)

(9) Department of Management Information System (MIS) (proposed)
6 Faculty of Sciences

(1) Department of Mathematics

(2) Department of Statistics

(3) Department of Chemistry (proposed)

(4) Department of Physics (proposed)

(5) Department of environmental Science and Geography

(6) Department of Geology and Mining (proposed)

(7) Department of Disaster Management (proposed)

(8) Department of Botany (proposed)

(9) Department of Zoology (proposed)

(10) Department of Physical Education and Sports Science (proposed)
7 Faculty of Engineering and Technology

(1) Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering

(2) Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

(3) Department of Computer Science and Engineering

(4) Department of Information and Communication Engineering

(5) Department of Nuclear Engineering (proposed)

(6) Department of Biomedical Engineering

(7) Department of Materials Science and Engineering (proposed)
8 Faculty of Biological Sciences

1) Department of Applied Nutrition and Food Technology 

(2) Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

(3) Department of Pharmacy

(4) Department of Public Health (proposed)

(5) Department of Microbiology (proposed)

(6) Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (proposed) 
9 Institute

(1) Institute of Islamic Education and Research (IIER)

(2) Institute of Modern Languages (proposed)

(3) Institute of Education and Research (Proposed)

 

Programs Offered

This university offers a four-year Bachelor’s degree and one-year Master's degree:

  • Undergraduate/Bachelor's Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Bachelor of Arts(BA), Bachelor of Theology and Islamic Studies (BTIS), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Social Science (BSS), Bachelor of Law (LL.B).
  • Graduate/Master's Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc), Master of Arts(MA), Master of Theology and Islamic Studies (MTIS), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Social Science(MSS), Master of Law (LL.M).
  • Post Graduate Research Degree: M.Phil, PhD

 

Facilities

The university has experienced speedy growth in terms of infrastructure. At present it has seven full-fledged residential halls, four for male students and three for female. Construction of a new residential hall for male students and extension of one for female students are rightly underway. While the halls cater to the needs of those students hailing from far away districts, many of them stay in private hostels around the campus and also in two district towns of Kushtia and Jehnidah. Therefore, the authority has effectively managed a transport system, with buses regularly shuttling between the two district towns. The university gives a rural feel with its medal-winning tree plantation project which, among others, also includes eye-catching flower gardens positioned around every residential hall and academic building. The long stretches of vegetable and banana plantations around the campus area give it an extra flavor of greenery. Naturally enough, tourists across the country pour in especially during the tourist and picnic season at winter—those who set out to visit the two famous places associated with the Nobel-winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore and the great mystic baul Lalon Sain usually do not forget to put the name of Islamic University campus in the list of their places of interest.

Because of its rural association, the university has developed some attractive amenities for its students. It is a campus-oriented university where the academic and administrative buildings, residential halls and gymnasium, Teacher-Student Community Centre, central cafeteria and auditorium all are on one self-contained 175-acre site. It can boast of its indoor and outdoor game facilities, especially its impressive gymnasium. The university has a medical centre which operates round the clock, with two ambulances ready to transfer serious patients to the nearby district hospitals or even to Dhaka.

The university can boast about its rich teaching staff, some of whom are of national and international eminence. Teachers always dedicate themselves to maintain the highest standard in teaching and research. With their sincerity and dedication, a number of projects have been implemented here. Some of the projects focus on technology integration and transfer. All academic buildings, library, even the student halls are now wi-fi connected. The central library houses a record number of books and journals and is linked with JSTOR, Wiley and many other international consortiums dedicated to research and publication. The architecturally attractive auditorium facilitates various types of cultural and educational events all the year round.

Under the current administration, Islamic University has launched an orchestrated move towards internationalization, providing educational opportunities that take our increasingly globalized world into consideration. Over the years, the University has been creating and sustaining a global network that allows teachers, researchers and students from overseas to teach and study here while researchers and students of this university are facilitated with doing the same in overseas universities. 

Islamic University has, by now, signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the following universities/institutes:

 

Description of Collaborations (types and forms of collaborations)   Name of Partners  Purposes and Achievements of the Collaboration
 a) Collaboration with other Universities or Researchers
 Academic Cooperation  Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan  To develop academic and educational cooperation and to promote mutual understanding between two universities.
 Research Cooperation  Chonbuk National University, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, SouthKorea
  1. To conduct the collaborative research in the various areas of biotechnology and biomedical sciences
  2. To exchange the expertise for both research and academic purposes.

iii. To provide the laboratory facilities in the relevant areas.

  1. To initiate mutual cooperation on human resource development on biotechnology.
  2. To exchange of scientific information, research and annual reports etc.
vi. To assist each other in exploring potentials areas of research, project submission and implementation.
 International collaboration of Biological Research  Wildlife Research Lab, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon-Si, Gangwon-Do, South Korea  
  1. To conduct the collaborative research in the various areas of biological field.
  2. To exchange the expertise for both research and academic purposes.
  3. To exchange of scientific information, research, annual reports and research materials etc.
  4. To assist each other in exploring potential areas of research, project submission and implementation.
5. Long term collaborative project can be submitted to possible funding body to work in Bangladesh
 Research Cooperation  National Institute of Biotechnology, Ganakbari, Savar, Dhaka-1349  
  1. To conduct the collaborative research in the various areas of biotechnology and genetic engineering.
  2. To exchange the expertise for both research and academic purposes.

iii. To provide the laboratory facilities in the relevant areas.

  1. To initiate mutual cooperation on human resource development and awareness program on biotechnology.
  2. To organize seminars, symposia, workshops and training programs etc. on biotechnology.
  3. To exchange of scientific information, research and annual reports etc.
vii. To assist each other in exploring potential areas of research, project submission and implementation.
 Research Cooperation  University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi-6205, Bangladesh  
  1. To conduct collaboration research in the various areas of biotechnology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.
  2. To exchange the expertise for both research and academic purposes.

iii. To provide the laboratory facilities in the relevant areas.

  1. To initiate mutual cooperation on human resource development and awareness programs on relevant fields.
  2. To organize seminars, symposia, workshops and training programs etc. on the relevant areas.
  3. To exchange of scientific information, research and annual reports etc.
vii. To assist each other in exploring potential areas of research, project submission and implementation.
 Establishment of the Confucius Institute Chinese Teaching Site  Confucius Institute at University of Dhaka  
  1. Conducting Chinese teaching programmes and Chinese proficiency tests (HSK);
  2. Organizing exchange programmes between Bangladeshi and Chinese Students;
3. Conducting activities related to Chinese language, the culture of the two countries and education exchanges. 
 Memorandum of understanding between Islamic University, Kushtia, Bangladesh and University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali, Brunei Darussalam  University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali, Brunei Darussalam The Participants, subject to the provisions of this MoU and the laws, rules, regulations and national policies from time to time in force in each Participant’s country, will endeavour to establish, promote and develop on a basis of direct cooperation and collaboration in the field of research, education and training programs of mutual interest. 
   b) Collaboration with Industry and Practitioners