Central University Of Science & Technology Dhaka

by Israel Boafo Bansah

Central University Of Science & Technology Dhaka, The government of Bangladesh has approved the establishment of Central University of Science and Technology (CUST) on a very historic day, the 21st February 2016 under Private University Act (PUA)-2010 and permitted to operate from Dhaka. Thus CUST considers its founding day as the 21st February 2016. The university management acknowledges with deep gratitude the kind consent given by honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with regards to functioning of this specialized university.

With the esteemed approval on the International Mother Language Day 2016, the Central University of Science and Technology has made a remarkable progress in materializing the activities to become a true university when the society is suffering from a kind of ‘Diploma Disease’, characterized by a craze for degrees and certificates only. The CUST is well aware of the nature and gravity of this huge challenge and still promises to ride, maintaining highest possible standard of academic ethics. The CUST has planned to start its operational academic activities with effect from September 2016; hopefully from a campus that is owned by CUST.

This specialized university is an endeavour of Advance Welfare Foundation (AWF), a not-for-profit organization that was established in 2000 in order to contribute towards national development as per the national strategy of Bangladesh with a focus into technical education in different fields including the health sector. By now, AWF, through its 31 technical institutes, operating across the country, has produced 27,000 graduates who are employed both locally and internationally. During this long 16 years of education management, AWF has emerged as an excellent and trusted name in promoting affordable technical education in Bangladesh. It may proudly be mentioned here that the Board of Trustees (BoT) of AWF is now led by eminent physician and National Professor Dr M R Khan, who is also the Chairman of BoT, CUST.

Appreciating the huge responsibility conferred by the Government, the Chairman BoT of CUST has immediately formed a team of 6 key personnel of CUST management including him as the team leader to pay a 10-day visit to some of the renowned universities of the region. Accordingly, the team members left Dhaka on 05 April 2016 for visiting Singapore, Malaysia and Australia to see for themselves various facilities of renowned universities of these countries.

After a series of fruitful bi-lateral discussion with senior leaders of six universities of the region, the CUST members returned to home on 15th April 2016. The Universities where the CUST team could reach to some meaningful cooperation were Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) of Singapore,The University Putra Malaysia (UPM),The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus(UNMC),

The University of Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), The International University of Malaya Wales (IUMW) and The Taylor’s University (TU). The major areas identified for cooperation are Staff Development, Review of Course Curriculum, Student Exchange Programme and Advisory Role by Experts in higher education. The CUST would continue to strengthen its ties with these universities and would also explore to benefit from mutual cooperation with other global universities. Finally, such cooperation and understanding would remain to be a continuous process for this university with a view to securing its sustainability in the field of global higher education.

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Central University Of Science & Technology Dhaka

by Israel Boafo Bansah

Central University Of Science & Technology Dhaka, the government of Bangladesh has approved the establishment of Central University of Science and Technology (CUST) on a very historic day, the 21st February 2016 under Private University Act (PUA)-2010 and permitted to operate from Dhaka. Thus CUST considers its founding day as the 21st February 2016. The university management acknowledges with deep gratitude the kind consent given by honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with regards to functioning of this specialized university.

With the esteemed approval on the International Mother Language Day 2016, the Central University of Science and Technology has made a remarkable progress in materializing the activities to become a true university when the society is suffering from a kind of ‘Diploma Disease’, characterized by a craze for degrees and certificates only. The CUST is well aware of the nature and gravity of this huge challenge and still promises to ride, maintaining highest possible standard of academic ethics. The CUST has planned to start its operational academic activities with effect from September 2016; hopefully from a campus that is owned by CUST.

This specialized university is an endeavour of Advance Welfare Foundation (AWF), a not-for-profit organization that was established in 2000 in order to contribute towards national development as per the national strategy of Bangladesh with a focus into technical education in different fields including the health sector. By now, AWF, through its 31 technical institutes, operating across the country, has produced 27,000 graduates who are employed both locally and internationally. During this long 16 years of education management, AWF has emerged as an excellent and trusted name in promoting affordable technical education in Bangladesh. It may proudly be mentioned here that the Board of Trustees (BoT) of AWF is now led by eminent physician and National Professor Dr M R Khan, who is also the Chairman of BoT, CUST.

Appreciating the huge responsibility conferred by the Government, the Chairman BoT of CUST has immediately formed a team of 6 key personnel of CUST management including him as the team leader to pay a 10-day visit to some of the renowned universities of the region. Accordingly, the team members left Dhaka on 05 April 2016 for visiting Singapore, Malaysia and Australia to see for themselves various facilities of renowned universities of these countries.

After a series of fruitful bi-lateral discussion with senior leaders of six universities of the region, the CUST members returned to home on 15th April 2016. The Universities where the CUST team could reach to some meaningful cooperation were Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) of Singapore,The University Putra Malaysia (UPM),The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus(UNMC), The University of Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), The International University of Malaya Wales (IUMW) and The Taylor’s University (TU). The major areas identified for cooperation are Staff Development, Review of Course Curriculum, Student Exchange Programme and Advisory Role by Experts in higher education. The CUST would continue to strengthen its ties with these universities and would also explore to benefit from mutual cooperation with other global universities. Finally, such cooperation and understanding would remain to be a continuous process for this university with a view to securing its sustainability in the field of global higher education.

Goal of Education

  1. CUST seeks to provide education of the highest quality so that all students are prepared to achieve their potential as professional persons and as thoughtful, well-informed individuals.
  2. CUST does not impart education to its students for doing good in the workplace only but it endeavours to turn every student a lifelong learner, who would continue to remain up to date and competitive in his field.
  3. CUST aspires to instill in every student the capability of clear reasoning and critical thinking so that everyone can identify and evaluate problems with their analytical skills and bring out a number of workable solutions to that and finally can recommend the best solution.
  4. CUST education system, classroom environment and extra-curricular programmes will enable every student to communicate verbally and in writing in a clear and correct manner ensuring the brevity. A CUST graduate is expected to emerge as an intelligent communicator who can reach out to his co-workers, potential employers and community members.
  5. CUST aims to implant in students its core values of Respect, Dream Meritocracy, Mutual Benefit, Creativity Academic Freedom, Professionalism and Accountability in the 21st century.
  6. CUST graduates are expected to work effectively in diverse groups and teams. At CUST, a student is turned to be a perfect collaborator, able to function well within a team as both a leader and a follower. Thus a graduate is expected to gain valuable experience and insight from the group members.
  7. CUST integrates the industry-driven competencies to reduce the gap between the theories and practices and hence a graduate of CUST is expected to be very competent for the life beyond the university.

Vision & Mission
Vision

To strengthen the partnership of knowledge between theory and practice in order to enhance the capability of economy and humanity.

Mission

  1. Research and evidence based identification, chalking out and mapping of existing gaps between acquired ‘skills & knowledge’ and putting into action of the same.
  2. Engaging all stakeholders and beneficiaries to develop a participatory and accountable atmosphere that would promote dissemination of knowledge through a mutually benefitting teaching-learning entre.
  3. Introducing a discovery and innovative knowledge plantation method where the nature, science, modernization, globalization and digitalization will act as prime factors to nurture the cognitive thinking.

Core Values of CUST

Respect

  1. Birth of the nation and sacrifice of the martyrs.
  2. Own identity and root.
  3. Others to ensure respect for self.
  4. Own religion.
  5. Contribution of seniors.

Dream

  1. Dream Large to grow large.Drive the dream, don’t be dream-driven.
  2. Value the dream and emotion of common mass.
  3. Carry forward the dream of predecessors.

Meritocracy

  1. Entrants must be ethically sound and possess demonstrative skill and knowledge.
  2. Promotion is to be based on achievement of KPI that projects performance and dedication.
  3. Students’ Assessment is to be based on academic achievement, skills, social responsibility, extracurricular activities and level of participation, certified by the relevant industry.

Mutual Benefit

  1. Assessment of achievement of KPI is to be participatory though with varied scales.
  2. Promotion of sharing knowledge and resource.
  3. Ensure thriftiness and instill it in routine life.