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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The University of Asia Pacific (UAP)

The University of Asia Pacific (UAP)
House-49/C, Road-4A, Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka-1209
Establish Year: 1996 
Number of Students

Male Students: 2300

Female Students: 1069

Total Students: 3369
Hall/Hostel/Dormitory Facility

Male Hostel Facility: 0

Female Hostel Facility: 0
Number of Teachers

Full Time Teachers: 114

Part Time Teachers: 134

Total Teachers: 248

* This University has 12 PhD Holder Teachers.
Permanent Address : N/A
Main Campus Address : House#73, Road #5/A, Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka-1209
In-Campus Address : N/A
Out-Campus Address : N/A
Phone : 9664953

8629368
Fax : 9664950
Email : admin@uap-bd.edu
Website : www.uap-bd.edu
VC's Name : Prof. Dr. Abdul Matin Patwari
Registrar's Name : Air Cdre(retd) Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury
Treasurer’s Name : Prof. Dr. Md. Sekendar Ali
Treasurer’s Address : Prof. Dr. Md. Sekendar Ali
Faculties : Engineering
Sciences

Environmental Science & Design

Business

Law
The University of Asia Pacific (UAP) offers
Admission Circular
Currently no admission circular available for The University of Asia Pacific (UAP).
Bachelor Programs
UGC approved and currently offered 9 Subjects
UGC approved but currently not offered 1 Subjects
Masters Programs
UGC approved and currently offered 8 Subjects
The University of Asia Pacific Vision 2015
Introduction
Intellectual and creative talents are more vital to economic and social progress now than at any other time in history. Talented people choose where to live based on two considerations: professional opportunity and quality of life as measured by a combination of physical, social and cultural assets. Countries that hope to compete for talent must offer high-value jobs, but they must also offer great schools, great parks and cultural venues, safe and attractive neighborhoods, a strong urban core, and an attitude of openness that welcomes diversity and sees strength in human differences.
Countries that make talent a central priority are anchored by high-performing universities that not only nurture talent in their classrooms and laboratories but also apply their knowledge to advance regional economic and social progress. In other words, they are stewards of their country/region or what we refer to as "stewards of place."
The mission of the UAP is to promote and facilitate, through innovative initiatives, 'the academic, personal and social development of students to a full and balanced maturity in leadership, diversity and citizenship. Over the past decade, we have become nationally acclaimed and internationally recognized for our country stewardship and international fellowship. Our 2010-2015 strategic agenda is designed to strengthen our ability to help our students and our country achieve their aspirations so that UAP takes its rightful place.
MORE THAN A DECADE OF PROGRESS (1996 - 2010)
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The past six years (2003 - 2010) has been one of dramatic campus growth and development. University has purchased a piece of land to develop its city campus and enrollment has grown 350 percent, even with more rigorous admission standards. A broad range of new and expanded academic and research programs were launched such as Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering(EEE),Department of Law and Human Rights( L&HR) and an inter-departmental Institute of Energy, Environment and Development( IEED ) based on countrieslregionalhmternational needs. During the last five years UAP has been able to hold four degree awarding Convocation ceremonies with the Hon'ble President of Bangladesh and Chancellor of UAP presiding over the convocations and giving away Chancellor's Gold Medals to awarded students in the presence of other high dignitaries. Vice Chancellor's Gold Medals to awardees and Certificates to all students were given away by Vice Chancellor in the second sessions held as authorized by the Hon'ble President and Chancellor.

In order to become more student-friendly, our all graduate programs are running during evenings and weekends. Several academic programs have achieved national and international recognitions. Extracurricular programming and participation have been greatly expanded. Wave o metrics, an international body ranking the universities in their July, 2009 assessment report has placed UAP first among the Private Universities and second among the Public and Private Universities in Bangladesh, 59`h position among the top 100 Universities in South Asia and 5801st position among the top 600o Universities in the World, which is not a mean achievement for a budding University like UAP.
During this same period, however, the university's most distinctive qualities did not change. Average class size remained at about 30-50 with a student/faculty ratio of 12:1. A new generation of faculty and staff assumed leadership with the same commitment to keeping students at the center of all that we do. While the campus has grown in size, the environment is still need to be further developed. Students speak with great pride about the quality of their educational experience. Faculty and staff morale is moderately high. Both groups express strong confidence in the university and its future. We continue to be an institution that fosters innovation in our programs and services, as well as where, when and how we deliver them. Our reputation for offering high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs has never been better. But there should not be any room for selfcomplacency as we have to drive harder towards higher excellence.

Over the past 13 years, UAP has moved from being a university with only two departments to a truly distinctive university that will be poised for the next level in its development.
How to start?
The committee should engage nearly 100 faculty, staff, students and alumni in conversations focused on following
What the university does well?

What it can do better? And,

What opportunities and challenges it faces?
Based on feedback received from the various groups, some modifications will be made, and the recommendations will be forwarded to the Board of Governors for their adoption.
PLANNING ASSUMPTIONS
UAP, like every other private university, is embedded in a social, politicall and economic context in which our goals and aspirations must be tempered by the realities of the environment. Thus, in developing our five-year strategic plan, we have to consider not only the voices of our university community and the surrounding area but also the external realities that we will be confronting in the next five years. We may consider the following assumptions:
Technological advances and changing student demands will continue to impact those

we serve as well as what, where, when, and how we serve them.
Demand for greater accountability and transparency will require us to do a better job

of measuring what we do and the impact that we have on our students and others.
Undergraduate education will continue to compete for funds requiring us to

demonstrate our contribution to the larger public agenda.
Concern over university affordability will further increase public pressure to keep

tuition low and increase need-based financial aid (waiver).
Competition for well-prepared students will continue to increase, requiring further

investments in marketing, student recruitment and innovative instructional design.
Revenue through student enrollment will increase but is unlikely to keep pace with

ever-increasing demand for programs and services.
Increasing globalization will require the university to become more international in scope as we prepare our students for the world in which they will live and work.
THE STRATEGIC PLAN
We have had 13 years of dynamic institutional enrollment and programmatic expansion that has been both exhilarating and stressful. Over the next five years, we must focus our efforts and execute our strategy in a way that helps ensure that everything we are doing is done well. Focus and execution should be at the core of our strategy for the next five years.
Our new five-year strategic priorities are organized around four major themes: construction of our main campus at Green road, develop talent, increase student engagement in learning, ensure academic quality and engage in effective country's stewardship, better facilities for teachers and residential facilities for girl students. The need to internationalize our campus is reflected in specific priorities within each of the themes.
To accomplish our major priorities we will need to better position ourselves to recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff, increase public awareness of the university, expand our financial and capital assets, and increase institutional effectiveness by implementing a comprehensive planning and performance system. These goals are reflected in the four supporting priority areas that follow the strategic priorities.
Methods and Analysis
This section delineates the processes utilized to arrive at the Vision 2015 Plan. To develop the Vision 2015 Plan, a multifaceted approach need to be applied to gather data and information on future trends and issues impacting the University.

The following eight methods may be applied in collecting data and information:



(1) Mixed departmental focus groups.

(2) Student focus groups.

(3) Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis.

(4) Review of the Literature.

(5) Review of institutional and demographic trends.


(1) Mixed Departmental Focus Groups
Number of mixed departmental focus groups discussion meeting may be conducted. Information obtained from these focus group sessions will be recorded under common themes, which will be surfaced in the review process.

Common themes may be included the following:



(1) Academic programs

(2) Collaboration

(3) Cost/Value

(4) Facilities

(5) Leadership (University)

(6) Marketing/advertisement

(7) Student co-curricular Programs

(8) Staffing
(2) Student Focus Groups
Information obtained from the Student Focus groups will be generating the following themes:

Quality of Services (?) - The need to focus on improving the quality of services provided to students may be a concern in all areas throughout the university. As necessary slight to moderate increases in tuition and fees continue, so will the demand for high quality service. We may look for `Donors' as well as GOB help in keeping the tuition reasonably low while doing the infrastructure development and providing other facilities for the UAP community particularly the students.

(3) Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis
Information obtained from the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) will be analyzed. This process will be an opportunity for departments to brainstorm and discuss each of the SWOT areas.
(4) Review of the Literature
The review of literature focused in part on the trends of students. Student enrollment and demographic data will be used to identify patterns and trends.
(a) As students use technology to remain connected and gain knowledge, the Departments need to continuously increase technological skills and capabilities. UAP laboratories are

equipped with latest instruments for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for research.
(b) Gender - UAP policy is to maintain gender equality and the authorities encourage female students by awarding scholarships and financial help in the form of Vice

Chancellor's special tuition waiver for meritorious and poor students but not at the cost of international standard and excellence which is the mission of the UAP.
Vision 2015 Plan
1. (a) Complete the construction of "THE CITY CAMPUS" at Green Road on a top priority basis by the year 2013 at the latest to accommodate about 7000 students of the UAP and shift there as many of the Departments as possible; other departments which cannot be accommodated would remain at the present site. Professors and other teachers with national and international reputation will be recruited to man the Departments. Graduate Programmes will be started soon in Architecture and EEE and existing graduate programmes will be farther strengthened along with undergrad programmes.
(b)The Administration and Students' facilities will be accommodated at the CITY CAMPUS as far as possible.
(c) To purchase more land for UAP from RAJUK from Uttara and/or Purbachal preferably the former for the "OUTER CAMPUS" to build up sports facilities, shifting of other faculties already there and those going to be started, Institutes, to build residential Hall facilities for both female and male students in that order as well as for staff members.
2. To take UAP to newer heights of Excellence and glory by farther developing teaching with latest methods and equipments, equipping class rooms including one `on line' for international lectures, strengthening research activities for creating new knowledge and publications in referred national and international Journals and Proceedings, solving national and international problems and giving service to society, nation and the world at large. In this context UAP would take up activities involving Energy, Environment and Development in all areas of national activities including digital Bangladesh effort. Starting from FY2010-2011 faculties in each Department shall take up active research in the broad areas shown against each as follows:
Architecture  Rural and Urban Architecture Research
Business Administration  Asia Pacific Business Research
Civil Engineering  Building Research, Water Resources, Environment, Pollution Research, Roads and Highways Safety Research
Computer Science    IT, Computers and Communication, Digital Bangladesh
Electrical and Electronic Engineering  Power and Energy Research, Telecommunication, Nano Electronics
Law and Human Rights  Peace and International Law including Law of the Seas.
Pharmacy   Community and Herbal Medicine and Pharma Research
3. To enlarge and strengthen national and international cooperation with other universities in USA, UK, Canada, Australia and universities in the rim of Asia and the Pacific and other regional and international organizations of repute.
4. UAP Foundation may try to open up Asia Pacific School and College to augment and strengthen the quality of students for UAP by purchasing one of three bigha land near the CITY CAMPUS or better initially hiring elsewhere but running them separately as another Foundation Project, if the UAP Foundation thinks fit. The remaining two bighas may be purchased for UAP in the near future.

5. To do such other activities for the fulfillment of mission and vision of UAP.



Introduction
For more than a decade the 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
The 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 The 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 The 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
The 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. The present Vice Chancellor of the university 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 and has been serving in this position since then. He has now the distinction of serving as Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive for a total of more than twenty-one years, the longest serving Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive in the whole of Commonwealth countries.
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:
See at UAP
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 nine rented premises -
1. Block "A"

Department of Pharmacy & Admission Office

House No. 73, Road No. 5/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
2. Block "B"

Department of Business Administration & Exam Contoller Office

House No. 84, Road No. 7/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
3. Block "C"

Departments of Civil Engineering

House No. 53/1, Road No. 4/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka


4. Block "D"

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

House No. 52/1, Road No. 3/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
5. Block "E"

Department of Architecture

House No. 51 Road No. 4/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
6. Block "F"

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Administration Office

Accounts Section

House No. 49/C Road No. 4/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
7. Block "G"

Department of Law and Human Rights (L&HR)

House No. 74, Road No. 5/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
8. Block "H"

Central Library

House No. 69/B, Road No. 6/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
9. Block "I"

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

House No. 51/1, Road No. 4/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka



The buildings are just off the main Satmasjid Road and have lake site views. 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
Recently 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 15 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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