NSU | North South University

By Your Query Staff

Published on July 4, 2021

North South University also known as NSU is a privately funded university in Bangladesh. It's a multi disciplinary, which is  the first in Bangladesh to receive American accreditation from the ACBSP in 2015.


NSU | North South University



The culture of private universities in Bangladesh started in the early 1990s. During that period, the government felt that the existing public universities were not sufficient to meet the demand for tertiary education in the country. Moreover, to maintain their quality of education, most of the public universities in Bangladesh kept themselves selective and as a result, each year a large number of students failed to get admitted into higher educational institutions.


These issues led the government to permit the establishment of private universities, and on 9 August 1992, the Private University Act (Act 34) 1992 was passed.


The government of Bangladesh approved the establishment of North South University in 1992 under the Private University Act (PUA) 1992 (now replaced by PUA 2010). The university was formally inaugurated on 10 February 1993. North South University has emerged as the number 1 Private University in Bangladesh according to the latest QS Asia Rankings 2020.


North South  University at a Glance 

Motto: Center of Excellence in Higher Education

Type: Private, research university


Affiliation: UGC,IEB

Chancellor: President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid

Vice-Chancellor: Atique Islam

Academic staff: 1291+

Administrative staff: 544+

Students: 20,025+

Underraduates: 17,517+

Postgraduates: 2,508+

Location: Dhaka, 1229, Bangladesh

Campus: Urban, 665,000 sq ft 

Language: English

Colors: Navy Blue, White and Dodger Blue

Sports: Football and Cricket

Website: www.northsouth.edu


NSU Main Gate



The university's campus is located at Bashundhara Residential Area in Dhaka. It is one of the largest private universities in Bangladesh, in terms of student population. The foundation of the campus was laid on 30 January 2003 by Begum Khaleda Zia.Classes started in the permanent campus from 9 June 2009.

This campus can serve up to 12,000 students with amenities and facilities. It contains six buildings with three basements on seven acres of land having 1,250,000 square feet of floor space.


There is a separate admin building dedicated for administration activities


List of vice-chancellors

Muslehuddin Ahmad

Hafiz Siddiqi (3 January 2003 – 2010)

Professor Atique Islam (2016–present)


Academic    departments

The university's ten departments are organized into four schools.

School of Business  and Economics (SBE)

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at North South University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). It is the first Business school in Bangladesh to receive American accreditation.SBE of NSU secured the Global Rank of 401-450 in Business and Management Studies in the QS World University Rankings 2020. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) consists of four departments:

Department of Accounting & Finance

Department of Economics

Department of Management

Department of Marketing & International Business


School of Engineering & Physical Sciences (SEPS)


The School of Engineering & Physical Sciences (SEPS) intends to be a center of excellence in innovation and technological entrepreneurship by building a knowledge and skill based learning environment for students in the field of engineering, architecture and physical sciences with adequate technical competency, social responsibility, communication skill and ethical standard. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering have three majors in undergraduate programs:


Department of Architecture

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering:

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering (BSCSE)

Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BSEEE)

Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (BSETE)


  School of Humanities  & Social Sciences


Department of English & Modern Languages

Department of History & Philosophy

Department of Law

Department of Political Science & Sociology


 School of Health & Life Sciences

Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology

Department of Environmental Science and Management

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Department of Public Health


NSU has four institutes and one center:

Institute of Development,Environment and Strategic Studies (IDESS)

The Institute of Development, Environment and Strategic Studies (IDESS) is a research center.

NSU Global Health Institute (NGHI)

The NSU Global Health Institute (NGHI) at NSU was established NGHI for discovery and competency development of human welfare aiming to strengthen the emerging field of global health response and leadership.

NSU Genome Research Institute (NGRI)

The NSU Genome Research Institute (NGRI) at NSU was established NGI on May 14, 2017 for discovery and competency development of human welfare aiming to strengthen the emerging field of genomic research field leadership, which is the first genomic research institute in Bangladesh.

Confucius Institute 

The Confucius Institute at NSU was established in February 2006, the only language institute in Bangladesh which offers Chinese-language only education.


NSU Inside the Campus



The NSU library has over 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2) floor area on the southeastern side of the campus. It is the first fully automated university library in Bangladesh using its own library management software,[15][16] which supports RFID system, web-based online circulation system, full-text e-books and online journal article repository services. The library can accommodate over 1,200 students in its reading rooms. On average 2,000 students use the library every day.


As of August 2014, the library holds 49,500 books, 50,000 online books, 6,000 bound journals (Foreign and local) and magazines, 1,890 CD-ROM databases and books, 226 DVDs and videos, 159 audio-cassettes, and other resources.


NSU Birds Eye View




The North South University ranked 301–500 in the "Graduate Employability Ranking 2020" published by the higher education information service provider Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The ranking indicates how well students from a university can gain a foothold on the global job market. This year (2019), NSU is among the top 2 in Bangladesh, and one of the top 500 universities on an international scale. The university ranked 301–350 in the "Asian University Rankings" published by QS World University Rankings. It is also ranked 1st among the private universities and 4th among all the universities in research output on the Bangladesh University Ranking 2019.The department of electrical and computer engineering of NSU ranked 551–600 in the QS World University Rankings 2020 in "Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS)".NSU has proudly alleviated its position to the range of 291–300, and is the only private University in Bangladesh to be featured in the Top 300 and thereby, becoming the best private university in the country.




The university publishes a journal called Panini.