Private Universities in Bangladesh: A Challenge for Quality Assurance

Abul Basher Khan, Farida Easmin Shelley


A university stands for humanism, for tolerance for reason for the adventure of ideas and for the search of truth. James A. Parkin, former Chairman of International Council for Educational Development, states the missions of a university: (a) teaching (b) research (c) service to society, and (d) creating a ideal democratic society (World Bank 2000: Bangladesh Education Sector Review, Vol. 1, 2 and 3, UPL, Dhaka). Both the public and private universities should serve all the functions in order to create skilled and efficient manpower for the social and economic development of the country. The Private University Act 1992 and the further amendment in 2012 have been passed by the Parliament as per approval of the Government of Bangladesh. Accordingly the emergence of private universities got the momentum and about 84 universities have been established within the shortest span of time. The Report of the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, published in 2013, says the total number of students in these universities 314640 which is very significant in the context of Bangladesh. The Report of the UNESCO International Commission of Education in the 21st century titled “Learning the Treasurer” which is popularly known as “Delors Commission” emphasized four pillars of education: (a) learning to know, (b) learning to do, (c) learning to live together, and (d) learning to be. Private universities in our country are passing through a crucial situation, experimenting with new methods of teaching, assessment and system. Hence, the main focus of this article is to examine the real quality status of private universities and to suggest the remedies that can fulfil the challenge of private universities in the context of “Quality Assurance” which is a topmost priority in our higher education.

Aus. J. Law. Ethi & Gov. Vol 1(1), October 2015, P 42-50


Quality Assurance; Private Universities; Education Sector

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