বাংলাদেশ উন্মুক্ত বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় কর্তৃক নির্মিত "স্মার্ট শিক্ষা ব্যবস্থায় বাংলা ভাষা" অনুষ্ঠানটি আগামি ২৯/০২/২০২৪ তারিখ রাত ৯.০০ টায় বিটিভিতে সম্প্রচারিত হবে       ||    বাংলাদেশ উন্মুক্ত বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় ও ফারইস্ট ইন্টারন্যাশনাল ইউনিভার্সিটির আয়োজনে শিক্ষামেলা - ২৮ ফেব্রুয়ারি ২০২৪       ||    অমর একুশে ও আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবস ২০২৪ উপলক্ষে ভাষা শহিদদের প্রতি বাউবির গভীর শ্রদ্ধাঞ্জলি       ||    শহিদ দিবস ও আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবস ২০২৪ - স্মার্ট শিক্ষাব্যবস্থায় বাংলা ভাষা       ||    

About Bangladesh Open University

Historial Outline


The need for an open university in Bangladesh was felt long ago. The history of distance education in Bangladesh dates back to 1956 when the Education Directorate was assigned with the responsibility for distribution of 200 radio receivers to educational institutions. This led to the creation of an Audio-Visual Cell, which was upgraded to the Audio-Visual Education Centre in 1962. No further progress in distance education was made till 1971.

After Independence, Bangladesh faced the challenge of meeting the educational needs of mass people. To meet this challenge the necessity for a new mode of education was widely felt. As a sequel to that feeling, the School Broadcasting Pilot Project was launched in 1978. The project was transformed into National Institute of Educational Media and Technology (NIEMT) in 1983.

NIEMT was later replaced by the Bangladesh Institute of Distance Education (BIDE) in 1985. Apart from producing audio-visual materials, BIDE offered the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) program in distance mode. The success of BIDE encouraged policymakers to take up a major plan for establishing an open university. The plan became a reality in October 1992 when the Bangladesh Open University Act 1992 was passed in the Parliament.

BOU at a Glance


BOU Established October 21, 1992
Type Public University
Chancellor Mohammed Shahabuddin
Honorable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Syed Humayun Akhter
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Professor Dr. Nasim Banu
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Dr. Mahbuba Nasreen
Treasurer Professor Mostafa Azad Kamal
Total Students (Formal Programs) 6,37,513 (Cumulative)
Location Board Bazar, Gazipur, Bangladesh
Area 35 Acres
Academic Schools 6
Administrative Divisions 11
Total Academic Programs 86 (Formal Programs: 67; Non-Formal Programs: 19)
Regional Centers 12
Sub Regional Centers 80
Study Centers 1545
Teachers (Full-time) 147
Teachers/Tutors (Adjunct) 25,145

Communicate With International Organization/Universities


Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

Commonwealth Educational Media Center for Asia (CEMCA)

International Council of Open & Distance Learning (ICDE)

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Asia Association of Open University (AAOU)

Commonwealth Open Schooling Association (COMOSA)

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)


MOU Between Bangladesh Open University and Other Institutions


Sl # Description of MOU Subject of MOU Signing Time Duration
1. Yunnan Open University, the Peoples Republic of China and Bangladesh Open University the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh Cooperation Agreement 16-08-2023
2. Memorandum Of Understanding Between Ho Chi Minh City Open University and Bangladesh Open University Training and Research 28-05-2023 5 Years
3. Memorandum Of Understanding Between The Trustees Columbia University in the city of New York Columbia Climate School (CU) and Bangladesh Open University. Collaboration Agreement 21-11-2022 3 Years
4. Memorandum Of Understanding Between Anadolu University and Bangladesh Open University. Training and Research 22-08-2022
5. Memorandum Of Understanding Between Bangladesh Open University and Netaji SuBhas Open University. Centre for Language, Translation & Cultural studies (CLTCS), School of Humanities 3 Years
6. License Agreement between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and BOU License Agreement 24-05-2021 5 years (01-06-2021 to 31-05-2026)
7. Contribution Agreement between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and BOU Developing a policy and model for accommodating children with disabilities in the open schooling system in Bangladesh 29-10-2021
8. License Agreement between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and BOU License Agreement to the offering of the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CEMBA) and Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration (CEMPA) programme 24-05-2021 5 years 01 06-2021 to 31-05-2026
9. MOU between Saylor Academy,USA and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Board Bazar, Gazipur-1705, Bangladesh. Supplement Skill Development Agreement 03-04-2021 3 years 03 04-2021 to 02-04-2024
10. Contribution Agreement between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and BOU Support for implementation of Phase I and Phase II of the Higher Education Integrated model. 27-10-2019
11. Contribution Agreement between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and BOU Developing a Policy and Model for Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the Open Schooling System in Bangladesh 03-10-2019
12. MOU between Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), India and BOU Impacting Education and Open Schooling through OER- Making a Difference among the Learners, 2nd Year: August 2019-June 2020 09-08-2019
13. MOU between Centre for language, Translation and Cultural Studies (CLTCS), Netaji Subhas Open University, India and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Board Bazar, Gazipur-1705, Bangladesh. 30-06-2019 02 Years (30-06-2019 to 29-06-2021)
14. Agreement between BOU Commonwealth Secretariat, COL and the University of West Indies Open Campus Common desire to deliver the Degree in Youth Work and related courses, and promote the professionalization of Youth Work in the Commonwealth 02-01-2019
15. Contribution Agreement between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and BOU Master of Public Health Online at Bangladesh Open University 30-10-2018
16. MOU between BOU and The Commonwealth Secretariat Delivery of the Faith in the Commonwealth Global Citizenship Education Module 01-07-2018
17. MOU between Yunnan Open University, China and BOU Cooperative Education Agreement June 2018
18. MOU between BOU and Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, India Collaboration Agreement 07-03-2018
19. MOU between BOU and Tianwen Digital Media Technology Co., Ltd., 21st floor, Huiyi Culture Creative Center, No.99 Xjangfu East Road, Yuhua District, Changsha City, Hunan Province, 100088, P.R. China. Collaboration Agreement 19-04-2017
20. License Agreement between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. License Agreement to the offering of the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CEMBA) and Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration (CEMPA) programme 21-08-2016 5 years (01-06-2016 to 31-05-2021)
21. Contribution Agreement between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. Training of Tutors using the Train the Trainers Model 04-11-2015
22. Cooperation between the Open University, UK and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. Joint activities for the supervision of Mphil/PhD Students 26-11-2014
23. MOU between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. COL Review and Improvement Model (COL-RIM) Implementation at BOU 03-11-2014
24. Cooperative Education Agreement between Yunnan Open University, China and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. Cooperative Education Agreement April 2014
25. Contract between BOU-British Council-Open University, UK For INSPIRE Project (Round 4) 20-02-2014
26. Contribution Agreement between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. Institutional Symposium on Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy. 17-02-2014
27. MOU between Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. On the areas of mutual academic benefits and training interest 05-02-2014
28. Contribution Agreement between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. Instructional Design Workshop 24-10-2013
29. Contribution Agreement between Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. Learner Support Workshop-Bangladesh February 2011
30. MOU between Commonwealth of Learning (COL) (on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat) and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. For the Delivery of the CYP Diploma in Youth in Development Work (5th Cycle) 05-02-2009 1.5 Year 01-02 2009 to 31-07- 2010
31. MOU between Orebro University, Sweden and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. Collaboration Agreement 05-03-2007
32. MOU between Commonwealth Youth Programme (on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat) and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. For the Delivery of the CYP Diploma in Youth in Development Work (4th Cycle) 18-09-2006
33. MOU between Open University Malaysia (OUM), Jalan Tun, Ismail, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Board Bazar, Gazipur-1705, Bangladesh Collaboration Agreement 19-09-2005 3 Months (19-09-2005 to 31-12-2005)
34. MOU between Commonwealth Youth Programme (on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat) and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. For the Delivery of the CYP Diploma in Youth in Development Work (3rd Cycle) 22-06-2004
35. MOU between Commonwealth Youth Programme (on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat) and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. For the Delivery of the CYP Diploma in Youth in Development Work (2nd Cycle) 15-10-2003
36. MOU between Commonwealth Youth Programme (on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat) and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. For the Delivery of the CYP Diploma in Youth in Development Work (Pilot Cycle) 28-04-1999
Sl # Description of MOU Subject of MOU Signing Time Duration
1. Memorandum Of Understanding Between Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST) and Bangladesh Open University. Collaboration Agreement 15-06-2023 5 Years
2. MOU between BOU and Green University of Bangladesh (GUB) Educational and Scientific Cooperation December 2020
3. MOU between BOU and Daffodil International University (DIU), Bangladesh B.Sc. (Hons) in Food science and Nutrition 15-12-2019
4. MOU between BOU and Fareast International University (FIU), Bangladesh. Collaboration Agreement 27-03-2019
5. MOU among BOU and Skill Development for Mobile Game and Application Project, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division and Access To Information (a2i) Programme, ICT Division. For development of “Course, Contents, Apps and Games” 04-11-2018
6. MOU between BOU and Daffodil International University (DIU), Bangladesh Collaboration Agreement 29-11-2017
7. MOU between Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur and Sonali Bank Ltd. Bangladesh Sonali Seba Service 20-11-2017
8. MOU between International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT), Bangladesh and Bangladesh Open University (BOU), Gazipur, Bangladesh. Collaboration Agreement 26-11-2014

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