International Higher Education is now available in Dhaka at Universal College Bangladesh

International Higher Education is now available in Dhaka at Universal College Bangladesh

In the heart of Bangladesh, Universal College Bangladesh (UCB) stands as the gateway to educational excellence and boundless opportunities. As the country’s first Ministry of Education-approved international higher education provider, UCB is on a mission to redefine the scope of teaching and learning by empowering students to explore a world of possibilities from the heart of Bangladesh.

The number of students leaving Bangladesh to study at international universities is higher than ever before and growing fast every year.

UCB is the exclusive partner of Monash College, Australia, in Bangladesh. Our Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY) program enables HSC, GCSE, IB and AS students to begin their Monash journey in Bangladesh, with guaranteed entry into Monash University Australia or Monash University Malaysia upon program completion. UCB also offers pathway programs that give direct entry into the second year of Monash University degrees in Business, Engineering, and Information Technology. Our unique partnership with Monash means that UCB has already enabled students in Bangladesh to complete these world-beating programs at home while setting out on a guaranteed pathway to Monash University, one of the world’s very best higher education institutions with a wide array of world-beating undergraduate degrees.

UCB also has an exclusive partnership with the prestigious University of London (UoL) which allows us to offer our students full Bachelor of Science honours degrees under the academic direction of the famous London School of Economics (LSE). UCB gives students the unrivalled opportunity to study the LSE curriculums for our three-year degrees in Accounting & Finance, Business & Management,

Economics, and Finance. We also offer the Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences (CHESS) which gives students who have studied for HSC, in Bangla or English versions, a unique pathway to complete their UoL degrees in three years without the need for any additional qualifications. We launched our UoL degrees with a visit from Dr James Abdey of the LSE and our first batch of students began their international education journey right here in Gulshan this October. Our first students will finish their degrees in May 2026 and then they will have the choice of attending their graduation ceremony in Dhaka or in London, and I look forward to being at both!

All of our UCB programs are taught by internationally qualified academics who use small group teaching and the most modern techniques to give our students individual attention and the very best possible learning experience. Our team at the College goes above and beyond by offering a range of support services, extra-curricular activities, academic advising, and pastoral guidance. Studying at university is a challenge for any young person and because UCB students are able to stay with their parents the extra time at home can be really beneficial. An added benefit is that UCB tuition fees are significantly lower than those of international universities. By studying in Bangladesh families also make big savings on the costs of travelling and living overseas, and this makes global education more affordable and accessible to all our students. Of course, if students do eventually decide to go abroad to continue their studies we help them make the transition by providing test preparation, college application assistance, visa processing, and financial aid counseling. As a professor, you would expect me to tell you that education is a good thing in itself, but at UCB we are also focused on ensuring that our graduates will have successful work careers. We are developing a range of job placement opportunities for our students at some of the most reputed local and multinational companies. Through our corporate tie-ups we are able to show some of the best employers in Bangladesh how an international education gives our students a head start in the job market.

At UCB, we have ambition and we can promise very bright prospects. We are planning a new campus at STS Knowledge City, a 15-acre fully integrated learning and living centre, with world-class facilities for over 10,000 students. We are already in advanced discussions with more top ranked global universities, and we have plans to introduce new programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and

Maths (STEM), and in design, fashion, logistics, hospitality and many other disciplines that will be essential to the economic development and success of Bangladesh. As part of these initiatives we will be introducing new postgraduate programs and from next year we will also be bringing the very best in global executive and professional development programs to Dhaka.

Whether it’s academic advice, personal counseling, or career guidance, UCB’s services are designed to help students succeed on academic and personal levels. If you would like to know more about us, the College’s programs, our admissions process, and support services, please visit our website at www.ucbbd.org, email us at [email protected], or come to see us at our state-of-the-art campus located at SA Tower, 1 Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka 1212. We’re here to help you to follow your international education dreams here in Bangladesh.

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Prof. Hew Gill

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Ms. Aura Rahman

Lecturer, Biology

Aura Rahman

Lecturer

Aura Rahman is a lecturer at Universal College Bangladesh. She is also acting as a coordinator for the Monash University Foundation Year program. Aura attained her bachelor’s (BSc in Biomedical Sciences) from University College London, United Kingdom. She then completed her master’s (Msc in Biotechnology) from North South University. Her research interest lies in the field of genomic epidemiology of infectious diseases. Her contribution in several local and international research projects have led to publications in several highly ranked peer-reviewed journals including BMC Genomics, Nature Scientific Reports, Science and FEMS Microbiology Letters.

Mr. Md Kamal Hossain

Lecturer, Mathematics

Md. Kamal Hossain

Lecturer

Mr. Kamal Hossain is working as a Lecturer at Universal College Bangladesh. He completed B.Sc. in Mathematics and M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Dhaka. He is an M Phil researcher at BUET. His research interests are mathematical modeling in biology, machine learning programming, etc. Some of his research papers are in the pipeline for publication in international journals. He is a lifetime member of the Dhaka University Mathematics Alumni Association.

Ms. Ambreen Zaman

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, CSE

Ambreen Zaman

Senior Lecturer

Ambreen Zaman is a senior lecturer with eight years of experience in various local universities in Bangladesh. She is currently pursuing a PhD degree at the University of Bremen, Germany. She obtained a master’s degree in information technology from the Institute of Information Technology at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her research papers have been published in national and international journals and conferences. The area of research she is most interested in is human-computer interaction.

Mr. Dewan Muhammad Nur -A Yazdani

Senior Lecturer, Global Studies

Dewan Muhammad Nur -A Yazdani

Senior Lecturer

Dewan Yazdani is a Senior Lecturer at the Universal College Bangladesh. He is also acting as the MONASH University Foundation Program Coordinator. Dewan attained his MSc (Research Methods) from Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom. He also has a master’s degree in international business from the University of Wollongong, Australia. His research interest lies in the field of Social Media Marketing, Digital Marketing, Higher Education Marketing, Service Marketing, Public Health, and Consumer Behavior. Dewan Yazdani also published in leading local and international academic journals such as PLOS ONE, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Health Security, Annals of Global Health, Journal of Advanced Research in Economics and Administrative Sciences.

Ms. Tazin Islam Nova

Adjunct Lecturer-Law, UCB

Mr. Monirul Hasan

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Computer Science

Ms. Nahida Parvin

Lecturer, Business Studies

Nahida Parvin

Lecturer

Nahida Parvin is a lecturer at Universal College Bangladesh. Before joining UCB, she worked as a lecturer of accounting and marketing at Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology (AUST). Nahida has received her MBA & BBA degrees, majoring in Accounting & Information Systems, from the University of Dhaka. She has been the recipient of “Dean’s Honor Award 2018”, awarded by the University of Dhaka. Currently, Nahida is on study leave. She is pursuing her second master’s degree in “Quantitative Finance & Data Science” at Oklahoma State University, USA. Her research interest lies in the field of ESG accounting, ESG finance, circular economy, and data analytics in the field of accounting and finance. Apart from being a lecturer, Nahida also served as a program coordinator for Monash University Foundation Year program at UCB from August 2021 to May 2023.

Ms. Habiba Kibria

Lecturer, Marketing

Habiba Kibria

Senior Lecturer

Ms Habiba Kibria is a working as a Senior Lecturer at Universal College Bangladesh. She completed her Masters in Marketing from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and holds a double degree in Bachelor of Marketing and Human Resource Management from North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has been in academia throughout her career- from being a Lecturer to a Student Councilor to a Country Manager for a foreign university. Her area of interest lies in customer service management, consumer behavior and digital marketing. She holds the Duke of Edinburgh award at Broze level and has been awarded as one of the best project coordinators during her high school community service days. She was an active volunteer at Jaago Foundation and participated in multiple fundraising events. She was also the official Master of Ceremony for her university both in Bangladesh and in Australia.

Ms. Farin Daulah

Lecturer, English

Farin Daulah

Senior Lecturer

Ms Farin Daula is working as a senior lecturer at UCB. She is a trained education professional from the UK and has a degree in Education and English from University of Surrey, UK. She also holds a Master’s in management from Westminster University, UK. Ms Farin received her teacher training at the department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, UK. Ms Farin is the founder of the education platform, One Circle. She is a certified mental health first aider and a life coach. She has extensive experience in the life-skills education sector, working in various schools and non-profit organizations in London and Dhaka. She is the author of the Tara and Joy children’s book series. The first book of this series called “Tara and Joy: Body Safety” is available now both in Bengali and English version.

Ms. Sumaiya Binte Kabir

Senior Lecturer, Business Studies

Sumaiya Binte Kabir

Senior Lecturer

Sumaiya Binte Kabir is working as a senior lecturer at Universal College Bangladesh. She is also acting as the Monash College MCD of Business Program Coordinator. Sumaiya has attained both her BSS and MSS degree majoring in Economics from University of Dhaka. She has achieved the Bangladesh Bank Governor’s Scholarship for academic excellence. She is also actively involved in voluntary work in different animal welfare organizations. Her research interest lies in the field of public economics, environmental economics, development economics, consumer behavior and higher education marketing.

Dr. Sadia Afreen

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Sadia Afreen

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sadia Afreen is an assistant professor at the Universal College Bangladesh (UCB). She completed BSc in Chemical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET). She obtained her PhD from the University of Nottingham and then completed her postdoctoral research at Nanjing University in the field of chemical engineering. Her research expertise is in applied chemistry and nanotechnology. She has significant publications in her areas of research, and she contributed as a journal reviewer to prestigious journals in her fields of expertise. She earned the Postgraduate Student Teachers Certificate during her postgraduate study at the University of Nottingham. She worked in the hall committee, conference committee at the University of Nottingham; teaching and learning subcommittee, and program coordinator in the Monash College MCD program at UCB. She worked in industry and had several engineering and research training at home and abroad.

Prof. Muhammad Ismail Hossain

Dean of Academic Affairs, Monash & LSE Program

Prof. Muhammad Ismail Hossain

Professor & Dean of Academic Affairs

Muhammad Ismail Hossain is a Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs, Monash & LSE Program at Universal College Bangladesh. He is on leave from his earlier appointment as Professor of Marketing at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Prof. Hossain received his Ph.D. in consumer behavior from Monash University, Australia. He is an MBA from the University of Dhaka and also has a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research interests lie in the fields of tourism, consumer behavior, and supply chain management. He is one of the co-authors of the book Social Media Storms: Empowering Leadership beyond Crisis Management published by Routledge. He has more than 50 publications including books, research monographs, journal articles, newspaper articles, and keynote papers. His work has been published in many international high-impact journals such as the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Recreation Research, Current Issues in Tourism, International Journal of Tourism Research, and Journal of City, Culture, and Society among others. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Travel Research, the leading tourism journal in the world. He has received a notable amount of external research funding locally as well as internationally as part of various international and local research groups. The value of such local and international funding is BDT 1.06 crores and USD 827,873 respectively. As a consultant, he worked for government projects, not-for-profits, and for-profit local and international organizations.