North South University, the first private university in Bangladesh, was established by a group of philanthropists, industrialists, bureaucrats and academics. The government of Bangladesh approved the establishment of North South University in 1992 under Private University Act (PUA)-1992 (now replaced by PUA-2010). The university was formally inaugurated on 10 February, 1993 by the then Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The honorable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is the Chancellor of NSU.
The university follows the North American academic system with all its distinctive features-semesters, credit hours, letter grades, one examiner system and so on. Its curricula, when first introduced, were reviewed by relevant departments of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and University of California at Berkeley, USA, and duly approved by University Grants Commission, Bangladesh. The academic programs are continually updated and adapted to meet the changing needs of the country.
NSU has three Institutes and one Center: (i) Institute of Development, Environment and Strategic Studies (IDESS) (ii) Institute of Modern Language (IML) (iii) Confucius Institute Chainess Language Institute, and (iv) Center of Information & Communication Technology (CICT).