Message From the Vice-Chancellor
Professor Syed Humayun Akhter PhD
Bangladesh Open University (BOU) is a place of hope, a place that inspires imagination, a place that nurtures
creativity, and a hub of innovative ideas. We are delighted to welcome you to Bangladesh Open University where your
energy and excitement enrich our vibrant educational life. Whether you are beginning or continuing your educational
journey with us, we look forward to learning, exploring, and growing together. We appreciate your decision to invest
in your academic journey with BOU.
Bangladesh Open University is the only open and distance learning institution in the country. The university was
established in 1992 with a view to supporting governments’ educational polices, both short and long-run, by offering
flexible and affordable educational opportunities to disadvantaged people who are unable to attend traditional
academic institutions/universities for various socio-economic problems.
BOU provide educational opportunities to students at pre-University levels through open schooling and
offer a wide range of higher education programs including diploma, bachelor's, master’s, MPhil and
PhD degrees through open and distance learning (ODL), without any age restrictions. BOU is committed
to spread action-oriented, mass-oriented and lifelong education to the doorstep of its stakeholders
through its countrywide academic network.
The university utilizes a blended learning approach, combining self-study materials, face-to-face
tutorials, e-learning centres, multimedia resources, and online platforms to deliver education to
its students. This approach allows individuals from diverse backgrounds and locations to access
quality education at their own pace and convenience.
BOU caters to a diverse student population, including working professionals, individuals with family
responsibilities, and those residing in remote areas with limited access to traditional educational
institutions. The university's commitment to inclusivity and accessibility has made it a popular
choice among professional and adult learners and individuals in home and abroad seeking to enhance
their skills and knowledge while balancing other commitments.
With its mission to promote lifelong learning and bridge the educational gap, Bangladesh Open
University has been playing a significant role in expanding educational opportunities in the country
and expatriate Bangladeshi. Its innovative approach to open and distance learning has not only
empowering individuals but also contributed to the socio-economic development of Bangladesh by
equipping students with the necessary skills and qualifications for better employment prospects.
BOU is a place where students are equipped with knowledge, skills and values that resonate
with the demands of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-driven Fourth Industrial
Revolution thus ensuring that our graduates are well prepared to meet and overcome the challenges
of their time. Our mission and vision is to provide our students with a holistic education.
In practical terms, this means that besides equipping our students with excellent academic skills
and competencies, BOU will make you a person of distinction to make your contribution to society.
We wish you much success in the years ahead and hope together we will make a change for the better
future of the country and ourselves.