Private Universities in Bangladesh: Challenges and Opportunities

By Touhida Tasnima.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The primary goal of this paper is to identify the challenges encountered and opportunities offered by the private universities of Bangladesh. The significant challenges include unavailability of qualified senior full-time teachers, scarcity of fund for research and limited number of subjects/disciplines offered only to meet high market demand. These institutions of higher learning, however, provide opportunities of higher education to many who do not have access to public universities for various reasons. They have introduced new subjects/disciplines in order to keep pace with the competitive world. In addition, these private universities have earned reputation for having no academic session congestion, politics-free environment, and for helping save foreign currency by accommodating significant number of students who would otherwise study in foreign universities.

Keywords: Higher Education, Bangladesh, Private University

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.37-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 748.840KB).

Touhida Tasnima

Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Touhida Tasnima is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at East West University in Bangladesh. She has done MA in Development Studies with specialization in Public Policy and Management from the International Institute of Social Studies (The Hague, Netherlands). She also obtained another master’s in Public Administration at the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh). Her research interest broadly lies in the field of higher education in the post colonial period of Bangladesh. She also has interest in development policy and public sector reform.


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