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Campus : Manarat International University (MIU) commited to quality education

Cmpus : Bangladesh University: producing the best


Manarat International University (MIU) commited to quality education

The New Nation

History,

A viable university must possess adequate infrastructure of its own and the right environment. Manarat International University (MIU) is one of the few private universities in Bangladesh, which had built its own premises at the time of receiving the Charter from the Government. Manarat Trust is the founder of MIU. A cherished dream to establish a university had been in the bosoms of every Manarat Trust member. With a vision to inculcate ethical and moral dimension while offering a comprehensive professional training, MIU was born. Through overwhelming support and inspired dedication, the university project was underway. Ahmed Farid, the Vice-Chancellor, was offered the monumental task to lead the MIU project team as the Project Director. He assumed his role in 1996 and since then, even during periods of ebbing hope and frustration, he stuck to his vision and inspired the project team to endeavour for the much desired Charter of Approval.

On the 3rd of April, 2001 the birth of MIU was confirmed - the Ministry of Education on recommendation from the University Grants Commission awarded the Charter. MIU was inaugurated on the 21st of May, 2001 amidst a quiet ceremony arranged for the incoming students and their guardians.

MIU's first Freshmen classes began on May 28, 2001 with 73 students under Department of Computer Science and Technology of the School of Science and Technology, and Department of Business Administration of the School of Business and Economics.

MIU's International Advisory Board consisting of distinguished academicians, scholars, researchers and- entrepreneurs from noteworthy international universities and organizations provide advice and counsel on academic programmes and standards.

The spirit of MIU is to foster congenial atmosphere for intellectual growth moral uplift and professional excellence MIU epitomises quintessential amalgamation of scholastic development, enriched co-curricular environment and commitment to principles and values. The courses and all aspects of the academic programme are modeled after North American universities reflecting a rich blend of sub-continental issues.

MIU has signed official collaboration agreement with California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and is in progress to develop similar arrangement with other globally reputed universities.

Manarat Trust

Manarat Trust has been in social service in Bangladesh since 1982. For nearly two decades it has attained credibility and goodwill in the civil society by dint of its contribution to different avenues of social service. Manarat Trust is fully committed to provide relentless support and uphold the spirit and manifestation of MIU.

Inception

Manarat Trust is a non-profit organisation that provides social services in Bangladesh since its inception in 1982. Today, Manarat Trust is a large entity in the education arena with profound organisational capability and incomparable financial record. Ministry of Education of the Government of Bangladesh granted Manarat the permission to establish a university under the Private University Act, 1992 and as amended in 1998. Manarat is now poised to contribute to the human resource development by expanding the scope of higher education in Bangladesh. Through relentless work, rigorous efforts and single-minded devotion, the Trust has been able to materialise the dream of Manarat International University.

Vision

As a university, it commits itself to academic excellence and the pursuit of wisdom which stems from the spirit of free inquiry, religious values and human experience. MIU strives to preserve and enhance the scope of scholarly research, creativity and quest for truth as the basis of learning. It pledges to foster quality education that will respond to ethical, cultural, social, professional, and religious needs of a dynamic society. MIU believes that it is only through the combination of individuals' inherited culture and values with modern scientific and technological knowledge that a real combination can be made towards the advancement of a society.

Mission

MIU contends that in response to the resurgence of Islamic values, it has a historic role to play in this new chapter of the 21st century and, that its task is to bridge the gap between traditional ideals and values of Islam and the technological advancement of the West. The other important goal is to establish a platform that will develop dynamic leadership in the society for our future progeny. Hence. the advancement of knowledge with a cosmic blend of Islam is the raison d'etre of Manarat International University (MIU).

The name Manarat is derived from its Arabic root word Munawara, which is a synonym of "Light at the Paramount". Hence Manarat encompasses the spirit and the strength of the manifestation of its name - to achieve the highest academic excellence in providing higher education in Bangladesh. The objective of MIU is to emerge as prestigious educational institute with emphasis on research of the Islamic world. It pledges not only to become a centre of excellence but also a unique one.

Goals

MIU has decided to concentrate on preparing students for career in today's challenging environment - whether in the corporate, public or non-profit sectors.

Its goal rests on four fundamental principles:

* The belief that knowledge of latest theories, techniques and applications is vital to the success of any organisation or individual self

* The firm belief that those techniques can be most effective only when used in the spirit of collaboration and teamwork

* A dedication for providing students with superior education customised to their interests

* Committed full time faculty with sharpest academic minds

Scopes and Strategies

At the end of the last millennium, it was evident that the new century will be the century of knowledge. Whoever holds the knowledge will be fit to survive for this millennium. With the advent of increased globalisation, a fundamental shift has occurred in how and where business is pursued. Dynamic forms of business are evolving where geographical boundaries are quickly vanishing. Businesses are shifting operations to geographic locations where human resources of high skill sets are available at competitive prices. To stay competitive and face the challenges of the brave new world, it is imperative to develop human capital that is globally competent.

MIU has designed all of its programs that accomplish these tasks. By transcending the frontiers of knowledge, we have incorporated the global perspective in our teaching and have ensured improvisation and cross fertilisation of ideas that continuously breathe new life to our academic arena. Furthermore, MIU contends that the modus opperandi of this paradigm is to maintain close cooperation with prestigious institutions of the world. Keeping the global view in focus, MIU emphasises on incorporating realities of global business environment. The global perspective is seen in our continuous search for international collaboration, globally oriented teaching material, and recruitment of superb faculty with international backgrounds.

International Collaboration

The idea of MIU is to realise an institution parallel with International Islamic University of Malaysia. Manarat had extensive consultation with faculty of Indian Institute of Management in launching its school of Business. MIU is proud to announce its academic affiliation with California State University, San Bernardino. The vice-chancellor had visited the following campuses and had fruitful discussions to promote academic exchanges with the following internationally reputed universities:

Columbia University, USA

Georgetown University, USA

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

New York University, USA

St. Johns University, USA

Intl. Islamic University, Malaysia

University Kebongsaan, Malaysia

Indian Institute of Management

Aligarh Muslim University

Tsinghua University, China

Beijing University, China

The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Asian University of Science and Technology, Thailand

Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

International Islamic University, Pakistan

Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan

Faculty

MIU possesses faculty members with distinguished academic credentials who have degrees from American, Canadian, European and Asian universities. MIU also has plans to bring foreign faculty to encourage divergence of teaching methods and views to ensure an international orientation, transfer of ideas and learn about the leading global issues. MIU offers rich academic environment for faculty interested in diverse disciplines, research and teaching opportunities. They are reputed not only for outstanding teaching ability. but also for leading-edge business exposure, research and consulting.

Faculty members arc committed to offering a comprehensive curriculum with a global focus. introducing cross-functional support and input from students and leading organisations. Both our schools strive to incorporate multiple viewpoints into our academic programs through the inclusion of diverse issues and by enrolling diverse student population. The MIU environment offers an effective and exhilarating partnership among faculty, staff, administrators and students.

Campus and Location

MIU has been determined to contribute to the advancement of educational opportunity in its highest form available. It has acquired resources that are sine qua non for that purpose. Manarat Trust has endowed MIU with more than one acre of land in the diplomatic zone of Gulshan - an exclusive neighbourhood situated at the vortex of major international business and commercial activities. MIU is one of the few privileged private universities in Dhaka with its campus situated on its own property. The campus is free from urban chaos and traffic and, overlooks the exotic sight of Gulshan Lake. It also boasts of a state-of-the-art computer lab and a rich library.

Academic Classification

Undergraduate students are classified into four major categories. Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior classifications are designated in accordance with their credits earned. The following pattern will be followed in MIU in designating students' respective classes:

Credits Earned Class

0-30 Freshmen

31-60 Sophomore

61-90 Junior

91-over Senior

Medium of Instruction

English is the medium of instruction for all academic programmes.

Accreditation

Under the auspices of the Private University Act 1992, the University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Education have given Manarat International University the authority to confer Baccalaureate degrees in all branches of Arts, Science and Social Sciences and conduct programmes in specific curricula.

Academic Standing

Students pursuing the Bachelor programs must attain minimum 2.00 GPA every semester to maintain acceptable Academic Standing at MIU. Failure to do so will result in Academic Probation for the student and may even lead to disqualification from the program.

Semester Duration

There are two semester in MIU: Fall and Spring. Duration of each semester will be 20 weeks, which includes teaching, class assignments, examinations and pre-exam breaks.

Summer Session

MIU may offer summer session during the period between the Fall and Spring Semesters. In this session. students are recommended to take courses in which their performance was not commensurate with the university standards. Students willing to complete their graduation ahead of schedule may also take courses in this session. Departmental consent may be required for courses which have pre-requisites.

Academic Standard

MIU is committed to maintaining academic excellence. In this connection. MIU has provided considerable attention to curriculum design, faculty, administration, library facilities, academic environment, etc. Our freshmen classes are deliberately kept small with the intention to foster greater interaction among students and faculty. Our approach to relationship building provides students a level of trust and understanding that gives an edge when faced with real life challenges.

Admission

Individuals interested in seeking admission in MIU should contact the Office of the Registrar for application forms. Brochures of different programmes offered can also be obtained from respective departmental offices for elaborate description. A properly filled out application with a bank draft of Taka 300.00 (US$1000) should be forwarded to the Registrar's Office.

After processing the applications, eligible candidates will be called for an admission test Admission tests are normally conducted in December and June for registration for Spring and Fall semesters respectively. For additional information, please contact:

Undergraduate Admission Requirement

Our admission requirements are in conformity with national and international standards. They are as follows:

1. MIU General Admission Test

2. Applicants with TOEFL score of 550 and above or SAT verbal scores of 500 and above are exempt from the admission test

3. Minimum HSC or GCE 'A' Level in two subjects and 'O' Level in five subjects with grade 'C' or above or

4. US high school diploma or equivalent.

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Bangladesh University: producing the best

The New Nation

Bangladesh University has been accredited by the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and its curricula as well as programmes have been approved by the University Grants Cornmission of Bangladesh. The President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh is the Chancellor of the University. The Vice-Chancellor and the Treasurer of the University are appointed by the President of Bangladesh in his capacity as the Chancellor of the University.

Academic cooperation is currently being negotiated with a number of well-known universities in the USA, UK and Australia.

Degrees Offered

- BBA (Majors in Accounting. Marketing. Finance, Management and International Business).

- B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering (BSCSE) in CSIT.

Location

The campus of the University is presently located at 15/1, Iqbal Road, Mohammadpur, Dhaka. It consists of a four-storied building with spacious Class Rooms, Library, Computer Laboratory, Physics Lab. etc. Under the rule, the University is irequired to be shifted to its own campus in 5 years on 5 acres of land.

Library

At present the Library has got about 3000 books including Text Books as well as Reference Books, Journals, Magazines and Newsletters, etc.

(a) Students and Faculty members have full access to the library. (b) A member of the faculty can borrow related book(s) for a month.

(c) A student can borrow two books at a time for four days.

(d) The library offers open access to its shelves. Books have classified shelf arrangement.

Faculty

Faculty members are chosen through a rigorous selection process. Applications are first scrutinised at Department level and then processed through a Selection Board comprising national experts. Acting on the recommendations of the Selection Board, the best available candidates are appointed as teachers. At this moment, the University has got highly qualified Faculty members in different subjects who have First Class Honours and Master Degrees from local and foreign Universities. List of Present Faculty Members is enclosed in Appendix-A & B.

Tuition and others

Fees, presented below, are lower than most of the major private Universities of comparable standard in Bangladesh. The current fee schedule is as follows:

1. Admission Fee (one time): Tk. 6,000

2. Course Fee:

a) BBA (133 credits): Tk. 654 per credit

b) BS in CSE 156: Tk. 1.000 per credit

3. Library & other fees: Tk. 750 per Semester

4. Laboratory Fee for Computer: Tk. 1,000 per Semester

Financial Aid

The Private University Act of 1992 provides that private universities should extend scholarships to 5 (five) per cent of its poor but meritorious students. Bangladesh University firmly believes that nurturing talent is essential for establishing an equitable and exploitation free civil society in Bangladesh. Anvone who has secured a place in the HSC examination of that year or anyone with equivalent results in O and A levels is entitled to a full-tuition scholarship for thirty-credits. From the second year onwards, full tuition scholarships for the next 30-credits or more) will be allowed. For scholarship purpose, a full time student is one who has completed at least 30-credit hours in three consequent semesters.

Refund Policy

Applications for withdrawal from the University or from a course after registration period is over must be made in writing to the Registrar. Merely notifying an instructor will not do. In cases of authorised withdrawals and changes in schedule/registration, (adds and drops) adjustment of semester tuition and fees will be made as per provisions mentioned in the academic calendar.

No refund is allowed after three weeks of classes:

No adjustment is authorised for the Admission fee. Financial assistance will be projected on the same basis as the adjustment policy. No adjustment will be made for a student who is suspended, dismissed, or expelled for academic difficulties, or for breach of discipline.

Student Facilities

Classes are held in clean and spacious rooms. There is a well-equipped computer laboratory for the use of students. The University tries to maintain a ratio of 5 students to a computer. Bangladesh University has a well equipped physical laboratory and is in the process of installing a Digital Laboratory. The Library contains more than 3000 volumes and subscribes current periodicals.

A doctor is present at the campus and students are encouraged to consult him/her when necessary.

Admission and Registration of Undergraduate Students Admission

Prospective students shall collect/obtain Admission Form by paying in cash or by sending a bank draft for Taka 200 to the Registrar's Office. The student should return the completed application form to the Registrar's Office within the stipulated time. All correspondences and inquiries concerning admission to the University should be addressed to this office.

Students are tested about their proficiency in English Language (structure, vocabulary, comprehension and composition) and Basic Mathematics. Those who want to study Computer Science are required to have competence in HSC-level Mathematics, while others are required to have reasonable proficiency in SSC-level Mathematics.

Registration

The Admission Office will notify accepted students about the time and place of their registration. Students are responsible for fulfilling all requirements of the degree programme to which they are admitted. They should consult their advisers in planning their course schedules and be familiar with BU policies and procedures related to registration and graduation requirements for their degrees. No registration is completed until all fees are paid.

A student may not register after the schedule date of registration mentioned in the academic calendar except by special permission of the Dean of Faculties. To avoid late fees of Taka 500 students must register during scheduled registration periods.

Admission Requirements

a) At least a high second division in SSC and HSC examination or University of London GCE 'O' Level in 5 subjects with at least 10 points in five subjects and 'A' Level in two major subjects. Applications without A-Levels are generally required to complete six credit hours of additional course work at this University to compensate for A-Level subjects.

b) A North American high school diploma or equivalent.

c) Acceptable scores in Admission Test or a minimum score of 1100 in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and at least 550 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Pass Course students or students with a two year Bachelor's degree from a recognised university can apply for admission into the four year undergraduate programme.

Application forms with Prospectus are available for Tk. 200 at BU office. To receive application forms by mail, write to the office of the Registrar along with a bank draft or money order for Tk. 200 in favour of Bangladesh University. Please print the name and address of the applicant. However, it is preferable to collect application forms personally.

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