How East Delta University is Changing the Higher Education Landscape

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East Delta University (EDU) began its journey with the belief of providing an exceptional higher education in Chattogram and has been striving for excellence ever since. Founded in 2006, EDU moved to its own permanent campus in its seventh year as the youngest university in Bangladesh. Located on top of the Khulshi hills, the campus is exceptionally architecturally styled with a red brick exterior and a modern, well-equipped interior that is usually filled with energetic students.

Former minister and social worker Abdullah Al Noman and his son Sayeed Al Noman, who completed their higher education at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, established the university with the aim of bringing qualitative changes in the socio-economic development scenario and human resources of Chattogramme. The founders are Chairman and Vice-Chairman of EDU’s Board of Trustees, respectively, followed by renowned economist, Professor Muhammad Sikandar Khan, who serves as Vice-Chancellor.

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In 2008, two years after its establishment, EDU began its educational journey with only five students in the BBA and MBA programs. This number has increased considerably over the years, due to the quality of education provided by the institution. Currently, it runs 11 undergraduate and postgraduate programs across three schools, namely Business Administration, Science Engineering and Technology, and Liberal Arts.

The programs are BBA, MBA, BA and MA in English, BSc in Economics, BSc and MSc in CSE, BSc in EEA, BSc and MSc in ETE, Master in Public Policy and Leadership (MPPL) and MSc in Data Analytics and Design Thinking for business.

Founding Vice President Sayeed Al Noman expressed his philosophy with The Daily Star stating that “We are more than just a degree-granting university. Along with degrees, we create global products from our students.”

At EDU, students are educated in a way that will allow them to transcend regionalist boundaries and make a lasting impression on the global stage.

“Many of our alumni currently hold senior positions or do research at reputable universities around the world. The emphasis of the program design is to help students create a value-based education. In addition, we put a lot of effort into developing various skills, especially soft skills,” he added.

EDU has several distinct activities and specialties that set it apart from other private higher education institutions in Bangladesh.

UNIQUE MASTER’S PROGRAMS

Understanding the demand for higher education in Bangladesh, EDU has launched specialized master’s programs to develop students and professionals with superior skills. In addition to conventional master’s programs such as MA in English and MA in CSE/ETE, EDU has recognized the value of programs in globally popular topics such as data analytics, design thinking for business, public policy and leadership for the first time in Bangladesh, thus pioneering in offering such programs.

DIVERSIFIED NETWORK OF FACULTIES AND RESEARCH AREAS

EDU follows a North American curriculum, and the university has carefully selected faculty members who can do the system justice. Most of EDU’s faculty members come from top universities around the world with quality teaching and research experience, which is quite evident in their lectures and research. Apart from this, professors and researchers from various international universities regularly hold workshops and seminars at EDU.

In addition, EDU has always had a desire to become more research-oriented, and the infrastructure has been built for this purpose. The two-storey state-of-the-art library with thousands of books and the electronic library have also been developed to guarantee research resources. Jestor, Emerald and IEEE, the richest collection of online resources for researchers, have been added to the EDU database in addition to countless other means.

The ratio of doctorate holders among teachers is 5:1; in other words, 1 teacher out of 5 holds a doctorate. EDU has purchased university-wide subscriptions to Turnitin’s plagiarism detection software for each teacher and student. As a result, the tendency to copy the research or work of others is reduced and essential basic research habits are developed in all, which is practiced regularly in several research-based master’s programs.

International Alumni Leadership Experience and International Coalition

EDU offers students the opportunity to directly see and experience how the world’s largest and most famous institutions are run. Under the program titled International Graduate Leadership Experience, EDU students can gain this experience by visiting these overseas institutions and attending sessions with the respective leaders.

Another important aspect of our world-class higher education offering is student exchange and research agreements with seven world-class universities. These are Central Michigan University, USA; International Islamic University, Malaysia; INTI International University, Malaysia; Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia; Western Norway University of Applied Sciences; University Malaysia Perlis, Malaysia; and University of Portsmouth, UK.

Thanks to this agreement, our teachers and students can study in these foreign universities for a doctorate, a master’s degree or a diploma.

ACCESS TO THE ACADEMY

Access Academy, the brainchild of the university’s founder, aims to help newly admitted students develop their college-level skills in reading, writing and presentation, bridging gaps in their knowledge as well as fluency in English and mathematics.

In addition, this school offers instruction on how to acquire valuable soft skills, ideas and how to communicate them effectively, as well as training on building cultural understanding and other socio-cultural challenges of the modern world that students would otherwise be unable to face and rise.

Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Fund

The Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Fund is another groundbreaking EDU initiative to provide free education to women who suffer from social, economic or cultural challenges to foster future leaders and usher in constructive change in the world. society.

This is a “matching grant” fund to provide free education to underprivileged women around the world, including Bangladesh, and the EDU authorities have undertaken this project to empower marginalized women to play a leading role in the social and professional spheres in order to build sustainable leadership for a positive society. change, because we know that a confident and responsible woman can make it happen.

Scholarships named after national heroes

EDU has launched different scholarships named after Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq, Martyr Nutan Chandra Singha and Anti-British revolutionary Binod Bihari Chowdhury to honor Bengal’s history and uphold patriotism. Under these scholarships, students will receive a 70% scholarship on tuition fees if admitted to the Masters in Public Policy and Leadership, Masters in Data Analytics and Design for Business, and Masters in English.

Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities

In addition to all of this, the university is proactive in providing additional academic support to students and teachers. The academic advisor program and support clinics allow students to navigate their university life in an organized way by assigning them to faculty members who are always available for any necessary academic help.

Also, in terms of co-curricular and co-curricular activities, students are encouraged to join one of the many clubs available to expand their co-curricular activities. In addition, they are constantly motivated to participate in the various intellectual programs, such as the EDU Incubation Foundry and the EDU Future Factory. As an institute, EDU always strives to encourage young entrepreneurs, inventors and researchers.

Attributes of EDU Graduates

Last but not least, all the incentives and facilities mentioned above are provided to students and faculty members of the university for one purpose: to make them global citizens and embed the attributes of graduates into their personas.

This unique set of characteristics has been divided into five broad categories, namely domain knowledge, research understanding, leadership development, soft skills development, and global citizenship. Once instilled in individuals, these skills help them become leaders and pioneers in multicultural environments.

To sum up, EDU, with its continued drive for excellence, brings world-class education to Chattogram. From its magnificent campus to its academic activities, from the recognition and integration of international standards in the curriculum to the various effective support programs, the university has paved the way for a distinctive future for all who are related to the institution.

Authority always welcomes questions and curiosity about the institution, so the website (www.eastdelta.edu.bd) is always there to answer general questions, and the campus admissions office is available to answer to more detailed requests.

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