Complete List of All Private Universities in Bangladesh In 2024

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Over the past two decades, Bangladesh has witnessed a rapid growth in the number of private universities in the country. From just 10 private universities in 2001, the number grew to 105 private universities approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as of 2024. This expansion of the private higher education sector was driven by rising demand as more students sought access to university education every year.

These 105 private universities in Bangladesh can be found across all eight divisions, with the majority located in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions. They offer a diverse range of programs spanning fields like business, engineering, medicine, arts, sciences and more. Many leading private universities also feature in global and national rankings for higher education.

In this comprehensive guide, we provide a complete list of all UGC-approved private universities in Bangladesh as of 2024. You will find key details like year of establishment, location, size, facilities, range of programs offered, tuition fees, admission criteria, semester systems and exam patterns for every private university. Special highlights are given to top-ranked institutions, private medical colleges, universities strong in business and engineering, as well as specialized category chartered universities.

List of All Private Universities in Bangladesh

SL University Name Website Location
1 North South University Dhaka
2 University of Science & Technology Chittagong Chittagong
3 Independent University, Bangladesh Dhaka
4 Central Women’s University Dhaka
5 International University of Business Agriculture & Technology Dhaka
6 International Islamic University Chittagong Chittagong
7 Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology Dhaka
8 American International University-Bangladesh Dhaka
9 East West University Dhaka
10 University of Asia Pacific Dhaka
11 Gono Bishwabidyalay Dhaka
12 The People’s University of Bangladesh Dhaka
13 Asian University of Bangladesh Dhaka
14 Dhaka International University Dhaka
15 Manarat International University Dhaka
16 BRAC University Dhaka
17 Bangladesh University Dhaka
18 Leading University Sylhet
19 BGC Trust University Bangladesh Chittagong
20 Sylhet International University Sylhet
21 University of Development Alternative Dhaka
22 Premier University Chittagong
23 Southeast University Dhaka
24 Daffodil International University Dhaka
25 Stamford University Bangladesh Dhaka
26 State University of Bangladesh (SUB) Dhaka
27 City University Dhaka
28 Prime University Dhaka
29 Northern University Bangladesh Dhaka
30 Southern University Bangladesh (1) Chittagong
31 Green University of Bangladesh Dhaka
32 Pundra University of Science & Technology Rajshahi
33 World University of Bangladesh Dhaka
34 Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology Dhaka
35 The Millennium University Dhaka
36 Eastern University Dhaka
37 Metropolitan University Dhaka
38 Uttara University Dhaka
39 United International University Dhaka
40 University of South Asia Dhaka
41 Victoria University of Bangladesh Dhaka
42 Bangladesh University of Business & Technology Dhaka
43 Presidency University Dhaka
44 University of Information Technology & Sciences Dhaka
45 Primeasia University Dhaka
46 Royal University of Dhaka Dhaka
47 University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh Dhaka
48 Atish Dipankar University of Science & Technology Dhaka
49 Bangladesh Islami University Dhaka
50 ASA University Bangladesh Dhaka
51 East Delta University Chittagong
52 European University of Bangladesh Dhaka
53 Varendra University Rajshahi
54 Hamdard University Bangladesh Dhaka
55 BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology(BUFT) (2) Dhaka
56 North East University Bangladesh Sylhet
57 First Capital University of Bangladesh Chittagong
58 Ishakha International University, Bangladesh Dhaka
59 Z.H Sikder University of Science & Technology Dhaka
60 Exim Bank Agricultural University, Bangladesh Dhaka
61 North Western University Khulna
62 Khwaja Yunus Ali University Chittagong
63 Sonargaon University Narayanganj
64 Feni University Feni
65 Britannia University Comilla
66 Port City International University Chittagong
67 Bangladesh University of Health Sciences Dhaka
68 Chittagong Independent University Chittagong
69 Notre Dame University Bangladesh Dhaka
70 Times University, Bangladesh Dhaka
71 North Bengal International University Rajshahi
72 Fareast International University Dhaka
73 Rajshahi Science & Technology University (RSTU), Natore Rajshahi
74 Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib University Dhaka
75 Cox’s Bazar International University Cox’s Bazar
76 R. P. Shaha University Dhaka
77 German University Bangladesh Dhaka
78 Global University Bangladesh Barisal
79 CCN University of Science & Technology Dhaka
80 Bangladesh Army University of Science and Technology(BAUST), Saidpur Rajshahi
81 Bangladesh Army University of Engineering and Technology (BAUET), Qadirabad Natore
82 Bangladesh Army International University of Science & Technology(BAIUST) ,Comilla Comilla
83 The International University of Scholars Dhaka
84 Canadian University of Bangladesh Dhaka
85 N.P.I University of Bangladesh Dhaka
86 Northern University of Business & Technology, Khulna Khulna
87 Rabindra Maitree University, Kushtia Kushtia
88 University of Creative Technology, Chittagong Chittagong
89 Central University of Science and Technology Dhaka
90 Tagore University of Creative Arts, Uttara, Dhaka, Bangladesh Dhaka
91 University of Global Village Dhaka
92 Rupayan A.K.M Shamsuzzoha University Dhaka
93 Anwer Khan Modern University Dhaka
94 ZNRF University of Management Sciences Dhaka
95 Ahsania Mission University of Science and Technology Dhaka
96 Khulna Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah University Khulna
97 Bandarban University Bandarban
98 Shah Makhdum Management University, Rajshahi Rajshahi
99 Trust University, Barishal Barishal
100 International Standard University Dhaka
101 University of Brahmanbaria Brahmanbaria
102 University of Skill Enrichment and Technology Dhaka
103 R.T.M Al-Kabir Technical University Dhaka
104 Chattogram BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology Chittagong
105 Teesta University, Rangpur Rangpur

Locations of Private Universities in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is divided into 8 administrative divisions – Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Barisal, Rangpur and Mymensingh. Private universities are concentrated around major cities like Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Rajshahi where there is highest demand for higher education.

Distribution of 105 Private Universities by Division:

  • Dhaka Division – 43 Universities
  • Chittagong Division – 24 Universities
  • Sylhet Division – 10 Universities
  • Rajshahi Division – 8 Universities
  • Khulna Division – 6 Universities
  • Barisal Division – 5 Universities
  • Rangpur Division – 5 Universities
  • Mymensingh Division – 4 Universities


The proliferation of private universities over the last 20 years has tremendously expanded access to higher education in Bangladesh. These private institutions now account for over 50% enrollment in 4-year university degree programs. 

Cost of tuition, geographical reach and investment in teaching quality varies widely between established private schools versus newer entrants. But the increased choice offers more options for students to realize their academic goals. 

Most private universities focus on business, engineering, computer science and agriculture studies – aligned with popular career paths. With rising incomes and youth demography, the demand for private higher education will continue expanding in the foreseeable future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many private universities are there in Bangladesh?

A: As of 2024, there are 105 private universities approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) across Bangladesh.

Q: In which division are most of the private universities located?

A: 43 private universities are located in Dhaka division, making it the division with the highest concentration of private varsities. Chittagong and Sylhet divisions have 24 and 10 private universities respectively.

Q: Which private university is the highest ranked in Bangladesh?

A: According to 2024 QS Asia University Rankings, North South University (NSU) is the top ranked private university in Bangladesh at #15 out of 200 universities.

Q: Do all private universities follow the same semester system?

A: Yes, as per UGC guidelines all 105 private universities follow a uniform 2-semester academic calendar with credit-based scoring system for examination and evaluations.

Q: What is the difference between specialized and non-specialized private universities?

A: Specialized universities like BRAC University and Ahsanullah University focus teaching in specific disciplines like business studies, engineering etc. Non-specialized universities offer a diverse range of programs instead of specializing.

Q: Do private universities operate medical colleges?

A: As of now there are 14 private universities which are permitted to operate medical college and issue MBBS degrees by the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council.

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