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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Academic Ranking of World Universities

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking, is a publication that was founded and compiled by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University to rank universities globally.[1] The rankings have been conducted since 2003 and updated annually. Since 2009, the rankings have been published by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.[2] ARWU was the first global ranking of universities published.[3]

The ranking, backed by the Chinese government, was designed "to provide a global benchmark" against the various universities in China so they "could assess their progress."[4] The aim of the ARWU is for Chinese universities to "catch up" on "hard scientific research".[4]

The Academic Ranking of World Universities is considered one of the three most influential and widely observed international university rankings, along with the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[5][6][7] Its consistent and objective methodology is praised when compared with other rankings.[8] However, it has also been criticized for its heavier focus on the natural sciences over the social sciences or humanities, and on research over the quality of instruction.[5][6]

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1 Methodology
2 Influence
3 Criticism
4 Rankings
5 References
6 External links
The ranking compares 1200 higher education institutions worldwide according to a formula that took into account alumni winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (10 percent), staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (20 percent), highly cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories (20 percent), articles published in the journals Nature and Science (20 percent), the Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index (20 percent) and the per capita academic performance (on the indicators above) of an institution (10 percent). The methodology is set out in an academic article by its originators, N.C. Liu and Y. Cheng.[9]

The methodology used by the Shanghai Rankings is entirely academic and research oriented.

As the first multi-indicator ranking of global universities, ARWU has attracted a great deal of attention from universities, governments and media. A survey on higher education published by The Economist in 2005 commented ARWU as "the most widely used annual ranking of the world's research universities."[10] In 2010, The Chronicle of Higher Education called ARWU "the best-known and most influential global ranking of universities".[11]

One of the factors in the significant influence of ARWU is that its methodology is said to look globally sound and transparent. EU Research Headlines reported the ARWU's work on 31 December 2003: "The universities were carefully evaluated using several indicators of research performance."[12] Chancellor of Oxford University, Chris Patten, said "the methodology looks fairly solid ... it looks like a pretty good stab at a fair comparison." Vice-Chancellor of Australian National University, Ian Chubb, said "The SJTU rankings were reported quickly and widely around the world… (and they) offer an important comparative view of research performance and reputation." Margison (2007) also commented the ARWU ranking that one of the strengths of "the academically rigorous and globally inclusive Jiao Tong approach" is "constantly tuning its rankings and invites open collaboration in that."[13] Philip G. Altbach named ARWU's "consistency, clarity of purpose, and transparency" as significant strengths.[14]

The ARWU ranking and its content have been widely cited and applied as a starting point for identifying national strengths and weaknesses as well as facilitating reform and setting new initiatives. Bill Destler (2008), the president of the Rochester Institute of Technology, draw reference to the ARWU ranking to analyze the comparative advantages the Western Europe and US have in terms of intellectual talent and creativity in his publication in the journal Nature.[15]

European commissioner of Education, Jan Figel, pointed out in an interview in 2007 that, "If you look at the Shanghai index, we are the strongest continent in terms of numbers and potential but we are also shifting into a secondary position in terms of quality and attractiveness. If we don't act we will see an uptake or overtake by Chinese or Indian universities."[16] Also, Enserink (2007) referred to ARWU and argued in a paper published in Science that "France's poor showing in the Shanghai ranking ... helped trigger a national debate about higher education that resulted in a new law... giving universities more freedom."[17] The world leading think tank Rand Corporation used the ARWU ranking as evidence in their consultancy paper to the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.[18]

In two subsequent research papers[19][20] published by Academic Leadership (2009), then in an article[21] published by the Times Higher Education (2009), Paul Z. Jambor of Korea University established the connection between any unfavorable image/reputation universities may develop (and/or their association, by country, to those universities linked to the wrongdoing) to a halt in their climb or even to a drop in their Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings. This is because 40% and 10% of THE – QS World Methodology is based on Academic Peer Review and Employer Review respectively. In essence, any unfavorable image developed by a group of universities, associated by country, tends to harm their collective rankings. For this reason, universities worldwide should seriously consider adhering to internationally accepted standards so that they do not run the risk of sliding in the ranks on the international front. Consequently, a number of critics consider this aspect of the Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings unfair and even biased.[22]

The new Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE-Reuters), published since 2010 is based on a revised Methodology. In the Methodology of the THE-Reuters World University Rankigs, the 'Papers per research and academic staff' {at 4.5%} and the 'Citation impact (normalised average citation per paper)' {at 32.5%} indicators make it evident that a university's ranking heavily relies on the number and quality of research papers written by its faculty. With 95% of research papers written in English, the relationship between English language use and a university's subsequent ranking thus becomes ever more clear. Jambor highlights the connection between actual English use and university rankings in a pair of research papers[23][24] respectively published by the US Department of Education: ERIC and Academic Leadership.

College and university rankings often stimulate controversy (see Criticism of college and university rankings (North America) and Criticism of college and university rankings (2007 United States)) and the ARWU is no exception. A 2007 paper published in the journal Scientometrics found that the results from the Shanghai rankings could not be reproduced from raw data using the method described by Liu and Cheng.[25]

In a report from April 2009, J-C. Billaut, D. Bouyssou and Ph. Vincke analyze how the ARWU works, using their insights as specialists of Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM). Their main conclusions are that the criteria used are not relevant; that the aggregation methodology has a number of major problems; and that insufficient attention has been paid to fundamental choices of criteria.[26]

The ARWU researchers themselves, N.C Liu and Y Cheng,[27] think that the quality of universities cannot be precisely measured by mere numbers and any ranking must be controversial. They suggest that university and college rankings should be used with caution and their methodologies must be understood clearly before reporting or using the results.

Others have pointed out, the ARWU is known for "relying solely on research indicators", and "the ranking is heavily weighted toward institutions whose faculty or alumni have won Nobel Prizes": it does not measure "the quality of teaching or the quality of humanities."[6][28]

Ioannides et al. suggested that (in common with all ranking systems they reviewed), the ranking lacked construct validity modest concordance between the Shanghai and Times rankings. They highlighted measurement precision, and transparent methodology as important issues.[29]

Like the Times Higher Education's rankings, the ARWU has been criticized by the European Commission as well as some EU member states for "favour[ing] Anglo-Saxon higher education institutions".[30] For instance, ARWU is repeatedly criticized in France, where it triggers an annual controversy, focusing on its ill-adapted character to the French academic system.[31]

The table below contains the overall rankings as ordinal numbers (i.e., 1 is best, 2 is second best, etc.) from 2003 to 2013 for all universities that ranked in the top 100 in one of the years tabulated.[1] The ranking is omitted for years in which the school did not land within the top 100. Note the full ranking contains over 500 universities. If a university is not listed in this table, it did not rank in the top 100 in any of the years tabulated.

Harvard University has been ranked first in the world every year since ARWU was first published in 2003.

Top 100 world universities
Country University 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Denmark Aarhus University 93 97 98 86 86 86
USA Arizona State University 100 96 93 94 81 78 79 81
Australia Australian National University 49 53 53 54 57 59 59 59 70 64 66
USA Boston University 98 87 81 81 85 83 74 77 76 71 75
USA Brown University 49 82 86 85 70 71 69 65 65 65 67
USA California Institute of Technology 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
USA Carnegie Mellon University 61 62 62 56 60 62 59 58 55 51 52
USA Case Western Reserve University 51 65 65 70 78 83 87 97 97 99 99
USA Columbia University 10 9 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8
USA Cornell University 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13
USA Duke University 33 31 31 31 32 33 31 35 35 36 31
France École normale supérieure – Paris 85 93 99 83 73 70 71 69 73 71
USA Emory University 99 100 100
Germany Free University of Berlin 95 99 83
Germany Goethe University Frankfurt 100
USA Harvard University 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Israel Hebrew University of Jerusalem 94 90 90 60 64 65 64 52 57 53 59
Germany Humboldt University of Berlin 95 95
UK Imperial College London 17 23 23 23 23 27 26 26 24 24 24
USA Indiana University Bloomington 97 90 92 93 90 82 84 85
USA Johns Hopkins University 24 22 19 20 19 20 19 18 18 17 17
Sweden Karolinska Institutet 39 46 45 48 53 51 50 42 44 42 44
UK King's College London 75 77 77 83 83 81 65 63 68 68 67
Japan Kyoto University 30 21 22 22 22 23 24 24 27 26 26
Sweden Lund University 93 92 92 90 97 97
USA Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 4
Canada McGill University 79 61 61 62 63 60 65 61 64 63 58
Canada McMaster University 86 88 88 90 87 89 91 88 89 92 92
USA Michigan State University 87 80 80 80 80 83 86 86 92 96 92
Russia Moscow State University 66 66 70 76 70 77 74 77 80 79
Japan Nagoya University 68 97 97 98 94 82 79 94 96
USA New York University 55 32 32 29 30 31 32 31 29 27 27
USA North Carolina State University 99
USA Northwestern University 29 30 30 33 29 30 30 29 30 30 30
USA Ohio State University 81 73 73 66 61 62 62 59 63 65 65
Japan Osaka University 53 54 54 61 67 68 71 75 82 83 85
USA Pennsylvania State University 40 43 43 42 43 42 45 43 45 49 54
USA Princeton University 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7
USA Purdue University 80 71 71 73 68 65 65 69 61 56 57
USA Rice University 61 75 75 87 87 97 99 99 93 91 92
USA Rockefeller University 28 29 29 30 30 32 32 34 33 32 34
USA Rutgers University 38 44 44 46 47 54 55 54 59 61 61
USA Stanford University 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2
Sweden Stockholm University 97 97 84 86 86 88 79 81 81 82
Switzerland ETH Zurich 25 27 27 27 27 24 23 23 23 23 20
Germany Technische Universität München 60 45 52 54 56 57 57 56 47 53 50
Israel Technion – Israel Institute of Technology 78 77
USA Texas A&M University 70 88 91 88 88 95 100 93
Japan Tohoku University 64 69 69 76 76 79 84 84 97
Japan Tokyo Institute of Technology 89 99
USA Tufts University 83 99 99
USA University of Arizona 55 76 76 76 74 77 77 78 80 77 78
Switzerland University of Basel 96 91 91 81 82 87 85 86 89 85 83
UK University of Birmingham 93 93 90 92 91 94 99
Germany University of Bonn 99 99 99 97 98 93 94
UK University of Bristol 55 60 60 62 62 61 61 66 70 70 64
Canada University of British Columbia 35 36 36 36 36 35 36 36 37 39 40
USA University of California, Berkeley 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 4 4 3
USA University of California, Davis 36 42 42 42 43 48 49 46 48 47 47
USA University of California, Irvine 44 55 55 44 45 46 46 46 48 45 45
USA University of California, Los Angeles 15 16 14 14 13 13 13 13 12 12 12
USA University of California, Riverside 88
USA University of California, San Diego 14 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 15 15 14
USA University of California, San Francisco 13 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 18 18
USA University of California, Santa Barbara 26 35 35 35 35 36 35 32 33 34 35
UK University of Cambridge 5 3 2 2 4 4 4 5 5 5 5
USA University of Chicago 11 10 9 8 9 9 8 9 9 9 9
UK University College London 20 25 26 26 25 22 21 21 20 21 21
USA University of Colorado 31 34 34 34 34 34 34 32 32 33 33
Denmark University of Copenhagen 65 59 59 56 46 45 43 40 43 44 42
UK University of Edinburgh 43 47 47 52 53 55 53 54 53 51 51
USA University of Florida 75 67 67 53 51 58 58 68 72 72 71
Germany University of Freiburg 88 88 93 94 96 99 100
Switzerland University of Geneva 73 69 69
Belgium Ghent University 99 90 89 89 85
Germany University of Göttingen 91 79 79 85 87 90 90 93 86
Netherlands University of Groningen 84 92
Germany Heidelberg University 58 64 64 66 65 67 63 63 62 62 54
Finland University of Helsinki 74 72 72 74 73 68 72 72 74 73 76
USA University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign 45 25 25 25 26 26 25 25 25 25 25
USA University of Illinois at Chicago 96
USA University of Iowa 90 95 97
Netherlands Leiden University 78 63 63 72 71 76 72 70 65 73 74
UK University of Manchester 89 78 53 50 48 40 41 44 38 40 41
USA University of Maryland, College Park 75 57 57 37 37 37 37 36 38 38 38
Australia University of Melbourne 92 82 82 78 79 73 75 62 60 57 54
USA University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 21 19 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 23
USA University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 37 33 33 32 33 28 28 28 28 29 29
Germany University of Munich 48 51 51 51 53 55 55 52 54 60 61
USA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 52 56 56 59 58 38 39 41 42 41 43
UK University of Nottingham 80 80 79 81 82 83 84 85 86 83
Norway University of Oslo 63 68 68 68 69 64 65 75 75 67 69
UK University of Oxford 9 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
France Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University (Paris 6) 65 41 41 45 39 42 40 39 41 42 37
France University of Paris-Sud 11 72 48 48 64 52 49 43 45 40 37 39
USA University of Pennsylvania 18 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 15
USA University of Pittsburgh 53 48 48 48 49 52 50 56 57 58 61
Australia University of Queensland 86 90 85
Italy Sapienza University of Rome 70 93 97 100
USA University of Rochester 72 52 52 74 75 73 77 82 84 86 90
UK University of Sheffield 68 69 69 69 72 77 81 88 97
USA University of Southern California 40 48 48 47 50 50 46 46 46 46 47
France University of Strasbourg 82 82 96 99 97
Australia University of Sydney 97 94 92 96 93 97
USA University of Texas at Austin 47 40 40 39 38 39 38 38 35 35 36
USA University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 34 36 36 38 39 41 48 49 51 48 46
Japan University of Tokyo 19 14 20 19 20 19 20 20 21 20 21
Canada University of Toronto 23 24 24 24 23 24 27 27 26 27 28
USA University of Utah 81 95 95 94 93 79 80 82 79 82 85
Netherlands Utrecht University 40 39 39 40 42 47 52 50 48 53 52
Austria University of Vienna 84 86 86
USA University of Virginia 67 95 91 96
USA University of Washington 16 20 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Australia University of Western Australia 96 91
USA University of Wisconsin–Madison 27 18 16 16 17 17 17 17 19 19 19
Switzerland University of Zurich 45 57 57 58 58 53 54 51 56 59 60
Sweden Uppsala University 59 74 74 65 66 71 76 66 67 73 73
USA Vanderbilt University 32 38 38 41 41 42 41 53 52 50 49
USA Washington University in St. Louis 22 28 28 28 28 29 29 30 31 31 32
Israel Weizmann Institute of Science 93 92
USA Yale University 8 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11

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Islamic University of Technology

Islamic University of Technology or IUT (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية للتقنية‎; Bengali: ইসলামিক ইউনিভার্সিটি অফ টেকনোলজি ) is an educational and research institution in Bangladesh run and funded by OIC. It is regarded as one of the top-notch prestigious institutions for engineering and technical education in Bangladesh. The main objective of IUT is to contribute in developing the human resources of the member states of the OIC, particularly in the fields of Engineering, Technology and Technical Education. IUT receives direct endowment from OIC member countries and offers scholarships to its students in the form of free tuition, boarding, lodging and medicare. The aesthetic campus was designed by Turkish architect Pamir Mehmet, an MIT graduate.[1][2]

Contents  [hide]
1 Accreditation
2 Location and Climate
3 History
4 Objectives of IUT
5 Organization
5.1 Administrative structure
5.2 Admission
5.3 Academics
6 Departments
7 Research center
9 Facilities/laboratories
9.1 Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering
9.2 Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
9.3 Department of Computer Science and Engineering
9.4 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
9.5 Department of Technical and Vocational Education (TVE)
10 Engineering and Technology programmes
11 Instructor training and general studies
12 Computer centre
13 Library and Documentation Centre
14 Financial aid
15 Campus
15.1 Academic Buildings
15.2 Halls of residence
15.3 Civic amenities
16 Auditorium
17 Student activities
18 Asia link project
18.1 10-year plan (Road Map)
19 See also
20 References
21 External links
IUT has been granted membership of International Association of Universities (IAU), Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW), Association of the Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) and the graduates are offered memberships by the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB). UGC(University Grants Commission, Bangladesh) has listed it as the only International University.[3][4][5][6]

Location and Climate[edit]

Five Fundamentals Gate
IUT is at Board Bazar, Gazipur, about 25 km north of Dhaka (Latitude= 23'42`N, Longitude= 90'23`E), the capital city of Bangladesh.[7][8]

In this region of Bangladesh there are three well-defined seasons in a year — winter (November–February), summer (March–May) and monsoon or rainy season (June–September). The temperature ranges from a minimum of about 10 degree Celsius in the winter to an average of 32 degree Celsius in the summer. Average yearly rainfall is 225 cm. Relative humidity varies from 30% in the winter to over 90% in the rainy season.

Main article: History of Islamic University of Technology
Islamic University of Technology, established in 1978, was first known as Islamic Center for Technical, Vocational Training and Research (ICTVTR). It was proposed in the ninth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) held in Dakar, Republic of Senegal on 24–28 April 1978. The establishment of IUT in Dhaka, Bangladesh was then approved by the foreign ministers. All the members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) agreed to cooperate for the implementation of the project.

The implementation of the infrastructure commenced with the holding of the first meeting of the Board of Governors in June 1979. Foundation stone of ICTVTR was laid by the late President Ziaur Rahman of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh on 27 March 1981 in the presence of Yasir Arafat, the then-chairman of the PLO, and Habib Chatty, the then-Secretary General of OIC. ICTVTR was formally inaugurated by Hossain Mohammad Ershad, the president of Bangladesh on 14 July 1988.

The 22nd ICFM held in Casablanca, Morocco on 10–11 December 1994 renamed the ICTVTR as Islamic Institute of Technology (IIT). IIT was formally inaugurated by Begum Khaleda Zia the then prime minister of Bangladesh on 21 September 1995. The 28th ICFM held in Bamako, Republic of Mali on 25–29 June 2001 commended the efforts of IIT and decided to rename the IIT as Islamic University of Technology (IUT). IUT was formally inaugurated by Begum Khaleda Zia, prime minister of Bangladesh on November 29, 2001.

The university has advanced much in a short time,[citation needed] and infrastructure development is still going on, financed by loans from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) with a guarantee provided by the government of Bangladesh. The university started offering long regular courses from December 1986 and completed 19 academic years till 2005. The 19th convocation was held at the IUT auditorium on 27 September 2005. Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was the chief guest on the occasion.

Objectives of IUT[edit]
The Islamic University of Technology is basically an educational and research institution. The main objective of the university is to help generally in human resources development in member states of the OIC, particularly in the fields of engineering, technology and technical education.

Provide instruction in engineering, technology and technical and vocational education and in such branches of learning connected with the above fields as per requirement of the member states and as approved the conference, and in particular, train instructors, technicians in technologies needed in the member states and to upgrade the mid level and lower level manpower to international standards.
Conduct, promote and guide research in engineering, in industrial and technological fields and in technical and vocational education to the benefits of the member states of the OIC.
Hold examination and grant and confer certificates, degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions on persons who have pursued courses of study provided by the university and have passed the examinations of the university under such conditions as may be prescribed by the academic rules and regulations of the university.
May confer other academic distinctions on persons of high eminence of the member states with the approval of the general assembly on the recommendation of the Board.
Promote technical cooperation, exchange technical know-how and disseminate basic information in the field of human resource development through short and special courses, seminars, workshops and publications.
Ensure coordination between the objective of the University with other national and regional institutions of the Islamic Countries as well as with international institutions.
Undertake advisory and consultancy services for government, international bodies and foundations or allied organizations.
Participate in the meetings of commissions and committees established by the Conference with appropriate background and technical papers.
Cooperate and collaborate with the General Secretariat and with other subsidiary and affiliated organs of the conference.
Any other relevant functions as may be decided from time to time.
Administrative structure[edit]
Joint General Assembly
The Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs consisting of all member states of the OIC acts as the Joint General Assembly of the subsidiary organs including IUT. This assembly acts as the General Assembly of the university. It determines general policy and provides general guidance. It examines the activities of the university and submits recommendations to the ICFM. Internal rules and regulations which govern the internal activities are shaped through the decisions of this assembly. It elects the members of the governing body and examines the whole budget for a year. The Finance Control Organ of the university audits the financial possessions of the university and submits it to this assembly. Then it is submitted to the ICFM from here.
Governing Board
It is composed of nine members including a member from the host country who are selected by the Joint General Assembly. Members are selected as per geographical distribution and importance of the countries and people. The secretary general of OIC or his representative and the vice chancellor of the university become members of this board by their status. They are included as ex-officio members. This board focuses on the precision activities and programs of IUT and sends recommendations to the Joint General Assembly. This is the body that consults about the promoting measures of IUT with General Secretariat and it approves the final curricula of training and research programs. One of its prime jobs is to grant degrees, diplomas and certificates according to academic regulations.
Executive Committee
This is an organ of the Governing Board and is empowered to deal, between meetings of the board, with any matter that may be referred to it by the vice chancellor or that may be delegated by the board. All interim actions of this committee are reported to the Governing Board. The Executive Committee of the board consists of the secretary of Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Bangladesh as the Chairman, heads of the diplomatic missions of the member states of OIC in Bangladesh (to be nominated by the Governing Board) and the Vice Chancellor of IUT as general member.
Academic Council
Subject to other provisions this council advises the Governing Board on all academic matters. It makes proper conduct of teaching, training and examinations and distributes the awards of fellowship, scholarship, medals and prizes.
Some statutory committees are formed to ensure management of programmes and activities in the relevant and related fields. These committees include Administrative Advisory Committee, Departmental Committee, Disciplinary Committee, Finance Committee, Planning and Development Committee, Research Committee, Selection Committee, Students' Welfare Committee, Syllabus Committee, etc.

The admission system of Islamic University of Technology (IUT) is different from other universities of Bangladesh for BSc and higher diploma programs. (In Bangladesh all public universities conduct enrollment examinations to select the students; students can come from any ethnic group and religion.) IUT authority only selects Muslim male students as per their results in secondary and higher-secondary level. A placement test determines the position of the students against their choice which they had given on the admission form. Prospective Muslim students need to fill a form and submit it to the ministry of manpower and employment of their respective countries. The form can be collected from IUT office or the respective ministry. It is also available in the university website. IUT was established to support only male Muslim students of all the countries of OIC. It takes students from the respective governments, and a majority of the students are Bangladeshi Muslims.
IUT provides masters courses. Students need to take separate tests to be admitted in the masters courses. Research facilities are available here.
IUT contacts academic instructions completely in English. English, Arabic and French are the official languages of the university for all academic and admission purposes.

Undergraduate education
Postgraduate education
Research and related sponsors
IUT Campus

Minar adjacent to the mosque

Lake of IUT

The name, IUT

Front view of IUT halls and student center
Department of Mechanical & Chemical Engineering (MCE)
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE)
Department of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Department of Technical and Vocational Education (TVE)
Research center[edit]
Department of Research, Extension and Advisory Services and Publication [REASP]
Energy and Environment Centre [EEC]
General Information
Energy and Environment Centre was established on 7 June 1998 with the objective of developing human resources in the field of energy and environment particularly for the member countries of the OIC, with special emphasis of the inter-relationship between the areas. Issues related to technology, society, policy and above all sustainability are needed to enhance energy consciousness and environmental responsibility.

The objectives of the centre are to continuously assess the training needs, prepare appropriate training and course materials, arrange short courses, workshops and seminars in cooperation with other OIC organs and bodies as well as relevant national, regional and international organizations, and develop facilities of international standard to meet the growing demands of the OIC Countries in the field of energy and environment.

With this aim, energy-related subjects are being offered in different semesters in the undergraduate courses of the Mechanical Engineering Department for specialization in the energy field. The centre promotes energy- and environment-related research in cooperation with other departments. Several Masters theses on Renewable Energy have been completed in the Mechanical and Chemical Engineering Department. A Ph.D. research on “Value addition of activated carbon from rice husk” is going on in the MCE Department.

For conducting the courses satisfactorily, the following laboratories and workshops are available.

Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering[edit]
Internal Combustion Engines
Heat Transfer
Fluid Mechanics and Machinery
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Automotive Workshop
Machine Shop with NC and CNC Machine Tools
Fabrication and Welding
Computer Aided Design lab
Applied Mechanics and Materials
Mechanical Control and Instrumentation
Drawing & Design lab
Energy Technology
Chemical reaction engineering
Chemical Process Calculation
Chemical Technology
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering[edit]
Electrical Engineering Laboratories
Electrical Circuits
Electrical Machines
Power Systems
Electrical Utilization
Electrical Workshop
Electronic Engineering Laboratories
Electronic Workshop
Digital Electronics
Industrial Electronics
Radio and Television Engineering
Microwave and Telecommunication
VLSI Circuits
Measurements and Instrumentation
Control, Microprocessor and Micro-controller Systems
Department of Computer Science and Engineering[edit]
Software Engineering Laboratory
Network Laboratory
Multimedia Laboratory
Hardware Laboratory
Sun Solaris Lab
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering[edit]
Structural Engineering Laboratory
Construction Materials Laboratory
Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
Transportation Engineering Laboratory
Environmental Engineering Laboratory
Hydraulics Laboratory
Department of Technical and Vocational Education (TVE)[edit]
Photographic Film Processing
Engineering and Technology programmes[edit]
Postgraduate courses:

Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Master of Mechanical Engineering
Master of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Master of Science in Computer Science and Applications
Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
Postgraduate Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and Engineering
Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and Applications
Four Year Bachelor of Science

Computer Science and Engineering (BSc. CSE)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BSc. Engg. EEE)
Mechanical and Chemical Engineering (B.Sc. Engg. MCE)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (B.Sc. Engg. CEE)
Higher Diploma in

Computer Science and Engineering (HDCSE)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (HDEE)
Mechanical Engineering (HDME)
Civil Engineering (HDCE)
Instructor training and general studies[edit]
Photographic Film Processing
Computer centre[edit]
There is a Computer Centre in the first floor of the academic building. It maintains e-mail accounts for every student and faculty member of IUT. It is equipped with the following facilities:

AIX based IBM RISC 6000 server
Novell NetWare 5.1 based server
Windows 7 and Windows XP based server
Linux based mail server
SCO Unix based ZENITH server
140 Microcomputers
IBM and IBM PC capabilities
Campus-wide optical fiber network backbone
20 MBps downlink speed and 512 kBps uplink speed using optical fiber connection
A campus-wide network with Novell NetWare 5.1 and UnixWare 2 has been installed connecting computers in the centre and other computers in departments, library and offices. Internet facilities are available for the students, staffs and teachers.

Library and Documentation Centre[edit]
The students spend a lot of time at IUT Library and Documentation Centre. It is on the first floor of the Library/Cafeteria building overlooking a lake on the eastern and western sides. The library has a floor area of 1300 sq. meters with a shelf space of 52,000 books. It is divided into two sections, General and Research/Reference. To conduct the IUT Library service, a customized software was developed and installed. Recently[when?] the CSE (Computer Science and Engineering) department developed a new software for library management which is accessible through computers and cell phones. The data of projects/thesis/dissertations have been incorporated in the software. Now the faculty members and the students may search their desired books/dissertation from OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalogue). Local Area Network (LAN) in the IUT campus. There are 26,200 books on engineering, technical and vocational subjects. 20 technical journals are being subscribed from abroad annually. It is an open-shelf library. Books are issued to the students and staff for home use. It is open from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm on all working days and on one weekend 2.00 pm. to 10.00 pm.

To conduct the IUT Library service, a customized software has been developed and installed in the IUT Library. The data of projects, theses and dissertations have been incorporated in the BookTrax software. The library is in a process to computerize its other information resources. Now the members of the IUT working in the campus have the access to Library database through a LAN. The circulation system has been computerized and consumers can borrow through an automated bar-code system.

It has a photocopy section. Since all the students live on campus the library is the only place where they can use their time by reading books and taking notes up to 08-00 pm every day.

Financial aid[edit]
Depending on the availability of resources and contributions from the member states of the OIC, during the academic session all the regular students of IUT will be provided with continental breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner in the self-service cafeteria free of charge, but within Taka equivalent of US$50 per student per month. They can, however, buy snacks and more food using their own resources. The university also bears the cost of on-campus shared furnished accommodation (one room to be shared by four students).

The university disburses a monthly allowance of Taka equivalent of US$40 to each regular student of Instructor Training, Post-Graduate programmes in Engineering and Technology, B.Sc. Engineering, B.Sc. Computer Science and Engineering and Higher Diploma in Engineering and Technology as pocket allowance to cover the costs of stationery, laundry, local transport etc. In addition to the above facilities, subject to the availability of funds, each regular student is now exempted from paying the fees for tuition, normal medicare and games and sports. In case of non-availability of mandatory contributions from member countries, the university will not be able to provide above facilities free of charge.

The round-trip air passage and other incidental expenses of the students are required to be borne by the nominating authority or by the candidates. In addition, the students who want to visit their countries during the vacation have to bear all expenses for the trip including air passage either by themselves or by their nominating authorities. The students are strongly advised to bring return air-tickets with them, as they must leave the hall of residence within two weeks after finishing the course.

Academic Buildings[edit]

A view of IUT old Administrative Building
There are two five storied academic building being with fully functional lift facilities enabled used for Academic Purposes.

Halls of residence[edit]

North hall of Residence
Each student of IUT gets a seat allotted to him in the halls of residence. Separate dorms known as hall accommodation is available inside the IUT campus. Though it is not really mandatory to reside in the campus, most of the students do so. A total of 240 rooms are provided in two Halls of Residence (North Hall and South Hall) with three blocks each: East Block, Middle Block and West Block. Each room has provision for accommodating a maximum of 3 to 4 students. Each student is provided with basic living ingredients from the authority without any cost.

It is compulsory for IUT students to reside in-campus which helps regular and attentive devotion to studies. Modern and comfortable hall accommodation is available inside the IUT campus. A total of 240 rooms are spread in three blocks. East Block, Middle Block, and West Block of each of the two Halls of Residence. Each room is provided with bed, mattress, pillow, quilt, reading table, bookshelf and cupboard. Bed linen is provided with laundry facilities. After the construction of the second Hall of Residence with a loan from Islamic Development Bank the total residential capacity has been raised.

Civic amenities[edit]
IUT has two self-service cafeterias (Central and North) where the students are required to take normal meals and breakfast. This University provides the students with continental breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner within about US $ 50 per month per student. The students are now being exempted from paying this cost. However, they may be required to pay the cost partly, if not in full, to account for any shortage in the contribution by the Member States. The Cafeteria is managed by the Cafeteria Committee represented by staff as well as students.

The student's centre of IUT is in front of the South hall and is visible from the main gate. Recreational arrangements are available there. The student's centre is arranged by a TV room, an indoor Basketball ground, Table Tennis court and Carrom board.[9] Daily newspapers are supplied on a regular basis. Arrangements for games and sports are usually in accordance to the preferences of the students of the member countries of OIC. This includes Football, Cricket, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Carrom.

IUT has a fully air-conditioned multi-purpose auditorium on its campus. It is provided with a stage and film-projection facilities. The interior is beautiful decorated; there are seating arrangements for about 600 people. The degree/diploma awarding convocation ceremony, seminars, cultural functions and examinations are held in the auditorium. It is also provided with a green room, special guest room, conference room and balconies two of which form the banks of the adjacent water pool.

The auditorium is capable for arranging seats for all the students and faculty members of IUT. All the exams held here in two shifts.

Student activities[edit]
Student societies in IUT includes:

IUTCS - IUT Computer Society
IUTDS - IUT Debating Society
IUTISS - IUT Islamic Studies Society
IUTPS - IUT Photographic Society
IUTFS- IUT Film Society [1]
IEEE Student Branch of IUT
All of these are extremely active, with regular activities, like workshops, seminars, etc. and maintain a good relation with other student bodies from other institutions in the country.

Students participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Most prominent of these are outdoor games and cultural fests. The student body is rich in the field of music and have released a number of audio tracks. Some digital productions like short films and movies have been produced in the name of 'IUT Production House'.

Asia link project[edit]
A framework approach to strengthening Asian higher education in advanced design and manufacture.

Seven academic institutions across six European and Asian countries are working in partnership for three years to strengthen Asian higher education in advanced design and manufacture: University of Strathclyde, Troyes University of Technology, University of Malta, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Northwestern Polytechnic University, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Islamic University of Technology.

The specific objective is to develop a framework solution to engineering higher education demands in Asia, by developing a new curriculum in Advanced Engineering Design and Manufacture for Asian and European MSc education, upgrading the skills of university teaching staff in Bangladesh, Pakistan and China, split training Asian PhD students in European Institutions, comparing educational policies / systems / programmes among countries, and enhancing the overall management of Asian universities.

In Europe, the higher education in Engineering Design and Manufacture has been well advanced, but in most regions of Asia, it is not. The project aims to develop a framework to strengthen postgraduate education in advanced design and manufacture in the least developed and developing Asian countries. The target groups are teaching staff, postgraduate students and engineers in Bangladesh, China and Pakistan. It will develop an innovative multidisciplinary MSc course entitled “Advanced Design and Manufacture”; split train Asian Ph.D. students; train postgraduate students, teaching staff, engineers, and practitioners; compare the education system of partner institutions; and organise an conference to exchange experience from different Asia Link projects. The partnership consists of seven leading universities from three Asian and three European countries. The project is for 36 months.

10-year plan (Road Map)[edit]
The Road Map (OIC-10Y-PoA/RM/2006/Final, Section 2: Development of Socio-Economic and Scientific Issues, V. Higher Education, Science and Technology) points out at the need of closing the digital gap (§5), ensure effective and active coordination between OIC Member States (§1), initiate specific projects in the fields of Information Technology, Manufacturing Engineering (§7), and also calls for exchange of knowledge among the academic institutions (§1) of Member States.

Keeping the above directives in mind, Islamic University of Technology (IUT), in addition to its existing long regular programmes initiated some steps, including designing short courses, training programs, plans of cooperation in the field of science and technology among the Member States and so on.

More specifically to enhance the knowledge in the field of Information Technology and reduce the digital gap it has designed a short course on “Computer Network Server Administration in LINUX Environment”, for 12–16 November 2006. All the interested institutions and participants of the OIC countries are welcome to join the program. The details are available in the brochure being circulated to the Member States and are on the website.

For upgrading the curriculum in the field of Advanced Manufacturing and Design, IUT has joined hands with the Universities of UK, France, China, Malta and Pakistan under the umbrella of Asia Link Programme, initiated by the European Union and under their patronage. Initial work on the project has already started.

In addition to the above, the other programs related to Medical Electronics for Health Care, Training the Trainers in the Technical Education Field, Design of Jigs, Fixture for Computer Integrated Manufacturing have been finalized and the announcements will be sent to all the contact points of the Member States.

Additional plans involving (i) Staff Development for the proposed Al-Aqsa University (ii) Pedagogical Training for Religious Teachers at the Secondary Level, (iii) Helping and Advising SME sectors in OIC countries (iv) Cooperation among OIC countries in the field of Science and Technology and (v) Women Education, the details of which have been prepared, submitted by IUT may be taken up for discussions at the appropriate forums and decisions may be taken regarding implementations.