UAP Profile


Introduction
For more than a decade University of Asia Pacific has been functioning as a unique institution of higher learning. Its reputation has grown rapidly, as it has already achieved eminence above most of the seats of higher learning of the country. Its commitment to excellence is demonstrated through the quality of its academic services and its invaluable contribution to learning. With its eminent administrators and excellent faculty members it is assuming a leading role in the educational arena of Bangladesh.
History

University of Asia Pacific (UAP) was established in 1996 as a private university under the Private University Act 1992, with a vision to enhance the opportunities for higher education in Bangladesh. Its curriculum has been approved by The University Grants Commission of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The university started its operation, i.e. the first semester of classes, in 1996, and offered four-year bachelor degree programs in Computer Science and Technology and Business Administration only. Now UAP offers undergraduate programs in Architecture, Business Administration, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering and Pharmacy.

UAP has been sponsored by University of Asia Pacific Foundation, a non-profit, non-commercial organization based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The principal aim of the Foundation is to promote human and social development through, inter alia, improved educational opportunities, innovative educational programs relevant to the needs of an emerging society and to develop skills, know how and awareness of the youth through appropriate institutional means.

The foundation has been established by a group of eminent educationists, industrialists and administrators who share the same vision and social commitments. The University of Asia Pacific is the first project of the foundation aimed at realizing these noble goals.

 
Aim
The principal aim of University of Asia Pacific is to provide high quality education at undergraduate and post graduate levels relevant to the needs of a dynamic society. The courses and curricula are so designed as to enable a student to enter into the world of work or pursue higher academic and professional goals with a sound academic foundation. The academic goals of the university is not just to make the students to pass the examination, but to equip them with the means to become productive members of the community and continue the practice of lifelong learning.
 
Vision

University of Asia Pacific, a privately funded institution of higher learning and research, is dedicated to providing quality education commensurate with investment. The university supports its students through its commitment to excellence and demonstrates it through the quality of its academic services.

The university operates as a non-profit private institution and offers academically rigorous but practical instructions in professional disciplines, the overall objective being to meet the growing demand for human resource development in the new millennium.

 
The Beginning

Since its inception in June 1996 as the first project of the foundation for human and social development, a group of visionaries and philanthropists, including eminent educationists, industrialists, businessmen, social workers and administrators have been giving their relentless efforts to strengthen the administration. Late Hedayet Ahmed, former Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and former Director, UNESCO for Asia Pacific Region in Bangkok was the founder Vice Chancellor of the university. Late Prof. Fazlul Halim Chowdhury, former Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, was the founding Chairman, Mr. A.K.M Kamaluddin Choudhury was the founder Treasurer and Mr. A. A Kamruzzaman was the founding Secretary of the UAP Foundation. After the demise of the founding Chairman, former Governor of Bangladesh Bank Mr. Khorshed Alam, was elected as the Chairman followed by Mr. Ragib Ali who was elected the Chairman of the UAP foundation thrice. Mr. A. A. Moniruzzaman had served as the acting Chairman and later was elected Chairman before Engr. M. Abu Taher got elected Chairperson. After the untimely death of the founder Vice Chancellor late Hedayet Ahmed, Mr. A. S. M Shahjahan, Ex-IGP and former Advisor to the care taker government, was appointed as the Vice Chancellor and continued in that position till March 2003. He was succeeded by Prof. Dr. M. R. Kabir, the present Pro-Vice Chancellor, who carried on as acting Vice Chancellor till September 2004.
Then Prof. Dr. Abdul Matin Patwari, former Vice Chancellor of BUET and DG IIT (IUT), a renowned educationist and administrator joined UAP as Vice-Chancellor on 7 September 2004. He has the distinction of serving as Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive for a total of more than twenty three years, the longest serving Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive among all Commonwealth countries. He continued Vice Chancellorship with UAP till 2012. On May 02, 2012 eminent educationist, engineer and former Adviser to the Caretaker Government Prof. Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury joined University of Asia Pacific as the Vice Chancellor. Prof. Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury was the Vice Chancellor of BRAC University for 10 years(2001-2010).

Academic Programs

At present, a permanent faculty of more than hundred academics (as well as eighty guest faculties) guides the work of the following six schools comprising of eight relevant departments:

Faculty Departments

Program

Undergraduate Graduate

School of Environmental Sciences and Design

Department of architecture (Arch)

B. Arch

-

School of Business

Department of Business
Administration (BA)

BBA

MBA
EMBA

School of Engineering

Departments of Civil
Engineering (CE)

B. Sc Engg. in CE

MCE

Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)

B. Sc Engg. in CSE

MCSE

Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)

B. Sc Engg. in EEE

-

School of Medicine

Department of Pharmacy

B. Pharm. (Hon's)

M.S Pharm. Tech

School of Science

Department of Mathematics

B.Sc (Hon's)

-

Department of Basic Sciences and Humanities

   

School of Law

Department of Law and Human Rights (L&HR)

LL.B (Hon's),
LL.B (Preliminary & Final)

LL.M (Regular)
LL.M (Preliminary & Final)

School of Humanities and Social Science

Department of English

B.A. (Hon's) in English

-

 
Institute of Energy, Environment and Development (IEED)

IEED is the multi-disciplinary research institute of the UAP. Professor Dr. Sekender Ali, Head, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering has been appointed as the Director of the IEED. By this time IEED has organized several seminars on Energy and Environment by nationally and internationally known speaker at the UAP. In this financial year taka 10 lacs has been sanctioned for research and development works for the institute.

The Campus

The campus consists of own building -

74/A , Green Road, Farmgate, Dhaka - 1215, Bangladesh

The campus offers idyllic environment for an academic institution. Plenty of open spaces are available around the campus for the students to move about for the rest and recreation.

 
Academic and Research Collaboration and Accreditation

UAP enjoys collaborative ties with a number of reputed foreign and national Universities, institutions of higher education and research in foreign countries, such as
USA: The University of Baltimore, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Purdue University, De Vry University, etc. UAP is currently running 3+1 degree programmes i.e. students can complete their first three years at UAP and the final year in one of these universities. They can be awarded the degree from either of these institutions, which indicates the quality of teaching and research at this University.

Canada: The University of Windsor

Australia: The University of Western Sydney, University of Canberra

Ireland: Griffith College of Dublin

Japan: Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI), Japan Concrete Institute (JCI)
Under these collaborations, the first batch of BBA students has completed graduation at The University of Baltimore and batches of CE students have completed research programmes at Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI).

 
Co-Curricular Activities

The university involves its students in co-curricular activities that help them build up a well rounded personality and intellectual agility. Study tours, field trips and internships are part of the regular academic programmes to develop practical experience and professional expertise along with academic excellence.

The university carries out regular cultural programmes, debates, Math and English language competitions, programming contests, photo exhibitions for the students. Programmes commemorating important national days (e.g., Mother Language Day, Victory Day, Pahela Baishakh) as well as international days (e.g., World Environmental Day, Labour Day, Women’s Day) are part of UAP’s regular cultural activities.

The departments have their student forums and clubs to carry out regular cultural activities and bring out student publications, wallpapers and souvenirs. The student publications like Bhumikampa, Oboyob, Prantik, Benglish, Civil Thoughts, Shesher Kabita, etc. have become quite popular. The student forums also arrange social activities like blood donation, film festivals, tree plantation programmes, distribution of warm clothes and relief materials.

Provisions have been made within the UAP campus for both indoor and outdoor sports activities centrally as well as within each department. The university organises various cultural programmes at the central auditorium (with a capacity of 150) as well as at the spacious courtyard named the Mukta Mancha (with a capacity of 700), which is the sports and cultural centre of the UAP campus.

Teams from UAP have excelled in inter-university sports and debate competitions, while its students have won top honours in national and international competitions on information technology, robotics, quality management and photography. Bangla Manob, the first robot made in Bangladesh, was developed by two UAP students and received accolades at national and international competitions.

 
Membership of National and International Bodies

Several departments of UAP have been accredited by relevant professional bodies of the country and International Institutions; e.g.

Institute of Architects (IAB)

Board of Accreditation for Engineering and Technical Education (BAETE), Bangladesh

Institute of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB)

Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh

UAP has been the first Bangladeshi private university which has become a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK.

In fact, the Pharmacy and Civil Engineering departments of UAP were the first among private universities to earn such accreditations. UAP graduates are therefore eligible to be members of professional bodies like Institute of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB), Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB), Pharmacy Council, and several of them have already earned their memberships in these prestigious bodies.

Moreover, UAP is a Member of American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), University of Asia Pacific Region, The Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific and International Association of University Presidents (IAUP).

 
Laudable Achievements

UAP has been ranked number one private university in Bangladesh in Webometrics’ ranking. Webometrics, (www.webometrics.info) an international organization that ranks universities across the world based on the information available on their web-pages, have ranked the University of Asia Pacific (UAP) as the number one private university in Bangladesh and second among all the universities in the country. In their latest ranking, done in July 2009, the UAP held 59th position among all Universities in South Asia and was one of the two universities in Bangladesh to be included among the top 6000 universities of the world. UAP is also a new member of the Commonwealth Education Partnership and Commonwealth Education on line.

 
Policy Statement

The University of Asia Pacific is an equal opportunity institution with respect to both education and employment. The university's policies, programs and activities are in full compliance with the Private University Act, 1992.

 
Disclaimer

The provisions of this publication are not to be regarded as a contract between the students and The University of Asia Pacific. Changes may be effected from time to time in the general regulations and in the academic requirements. There are established procedures for making changes, procedures which protect the institution's integrity and the individual student's interest and welfare. A curriculum or graduation requirement, when altered, is not made retroactive unless the alteration is to the student's advantage and can be accommodated within the span of years normally required for graduation. The UAP cannot give assurance that all students will be able to take all courses required to complete the academic program of their choice within required semesters. Additionally, because of space limitations in selective admission programs, UAP may not be able to offer admission to all qualified students applying to those programs.

If actions of any student are judged by competent authority, using established procedures, to be detrimental to the interests of the university community, that student may be required to be withdrawn from The University of Asia Pacific.

 
Gender Reference
The masculine gender whenever used in this document is intended to include the feminine gender as well.
 
Present and Future Prospect

The past achievements of UAP have set in motion its plans for the future. Activities are being undertaken to hasten the construction of its own city campus which will include 388800 sq.ft of space in a 10 storied building on a previously bought piece of land in the centre of the capital in Green Road and also to extend the existing campuses. The University is in the process of purchasing another piece of land for its outer campus which will include all kinds of academic and extra-curricular facilities. Several undergraduate and post graduate programmes of UAP are awaiting the final approval of the UGC.

With great zeal UAP is continuing its commitment to providing quality education for its diverse student body. To improve the moral, intellectual and spiritual condition of the future generation of the country, this widely acclaimed institution of higher learning is marching forward with great pace and vigour.

           
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