As you are reading this message, I assume that you are probably new to the University of Dhaka and want to evaluate whether this is a place that will cater to all your requirements. I remember having considered the same question in order to discern whether the University and the Faculty of Business Studies were the right place for me. I have learned over time that surrounding yourself with smart people causes you to grow. In other words, if you are striving towards your success in life, you have to collaborate with exceedingly successful people and organizations. Greatness can be found in seemingly ordinary raw material, which evolves into extraordinary final products nourishing and polishing is the key to brilliance. It is the expert cutting and polishing which produce brilliance. I chose University of Dhaka because I saw greatness evident in the institution and other indicators which supported my conclusion that DU has the conductive atmosphere.
Now, let me give you a bird’s eye view of the Faculty of Business Studies. The Faculty of Business Studies, as it stands now, has a long history. The Department of Commerce was established under the Faculty of Arts of the University of Dhaka in the year 1921. This Department emerged as an independent Faculty in 1970 with only two Departments the Department of Management Studies and the Department of Accounting Information System in 1970. The Department of Marketing and the Department of Finance were created in 1974. The semester system was introduced in this Faculty from the session 1977-1978. The Faculty of Commerce was renamed as the Faculty of Business Studies in 1995. During 1994-95, the names of the B.Com. (Hons.) and M.Com degrees were changed to BBA and MBA degrees respectively. From the same academic session, the 4-year BBA Program was introduced in place of 3-year B.Com. (Hons) Program. The one-year M.Com. Program was also renamed as MBA Program. During the year 2004, two more Departments were created under this Faculty namely, the Department of Banking and the Department of Management Information Systems (MIS). During the academic session 2007-2008, two other Departments were also added to this Faculty namely, the Department of Tourism & Hospitality Management and the Department of International Business. At present there are 153 teachers, 10 Officers and 58 employees and around 6,092 students in the 8 Departments under the Faculty of Business Studies.
There are two Academic Bhabans, one Administrative Building and one Auditorium Bhaban in the Faculty. There is a library having a wide collection of contemporary books and journals for all the departments under the Faculty. The Faculty has a research bureau, called the Bureau of Business Research, which sponsors research projects conducted by teachers of the Faculty on different functional areas of business, and other allied fields. In addition, some research centres like the Centre for Development and Policy Research, Centre for Development and Institutional Studies, Corporate Governance and Finance Studies Centre and the Centre for Micro Finance are actively engaged in research in specific areas.
The MBA (Evening) Program started functioning under this Faculty in February, 2002. At present a total of 560 students are being admitted per batch (70 students in each Department) in this Program.
One Faculty level half-yearly journal is published under the title Journal of Business Studies. The following Departments also publish their anaual Departmental Journals under the titles mentioned against the respective Departments:
|Departments||Titles of the Journals|
|Management Studies||Journal of Management|
|Marketing||Journal of Marketing|
|Finance||Journal of Finance|
|Banking||Journal of Banking & Financial Services|
|Management Information Systems||Bangladesh Journal of MIS|
Each of the eight departments under the Faculty has well-equipped computer labs, network system and 24-hours on-line internet connection in the computer lab, fully air-conditioned spacious classrooms in a serene natural environment with adequate lighting, in-built microphone system in all classrooms, sophisticated overhead and multimedia projectors for visual presentation using computers, fully air-conditioned and well-decorated meeting room and Department office, and well-furnished room for each faculty member with internet connection for individual use. Besides this faculty is fully covered under WiFi system which is open for all.
Students of both BBA and MBA programmes under the Faculty are required to complete an internship for which the Faculty maintains a regular contact with the public and private sector organizations including multinational companies and students are placed in those organizations for internship.
The Faculty of Business Studies maintains a strong linkage with the business community. Business leaders and professional managers are invited to give practice based seminars and workshops for the students and faculties. The Faculty is actively involved in organizing special programmes like conferences, seminars, job fairs, etc. on a regular basis.
There are student advisors in each Department under the Faculty. They regularly provide counseling services to the students on academic and related issues.
Thank you for considering us as your possible home for undergraduate and graduate education in any of the eight areas of business Studies.
On behalf of Teachers, students, faculty and staffs.
Prof. Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam