Bangladesh has over 100 public universities, but which one has the best reputation? In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at Bangladesh’s top ranked public university to help you decide which school to apply to this fall. Let’s start with the basics, what does ‘top ranked’ mean? There are no rankings like those done by US News and World Report for South Asian countries, so we have to rely on other factors to determine whether a university is the best or not. Here are some things to consider when looking at this subject matter in general, before diving into our top picks.
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Dhaka University

The top ranked public university in Bangladesh is Dhaka University. Established in 1921, it has campuses across Dhaka and about 7,000 faculty members for its over 100 departments. One of its most popular alumni is Shahidul Alam, a social documentary photographer.


Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) is one of eight public universities in Bangladesh. Established in 1952 as a technical institute, it evolved into a full-fledged university under government ordinance of 1984. This charter named BUET as an autonomous engineering and technology based university. Located in Khulna, a port city of southern Bangladesh, BUET has been ranked Top Public University by three consecutive HEPI reports from 2009 to 2011, an annual ranking system for all major public and private universities in Bangladesh. In 2011 it was ranked as second best university among all major universities (public & private).

Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET)

one of Bangladesh’s top-ranked public universities and is also renowned for its educational and research work in both science and engineering. The university has been ranked 3rd among all public universities in Bangladesh by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016. Among all non-public, non-teaching higher education institutions of Bangladesh, it ranked 1st (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). It is accredited ‘A’ by Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), UK; an institutional member of IEHEA; Member of NASSCOM, IABET, IASTEF; OASCYS signatory etc. KUET has collaborations with various organizations across Asia and Europe that offer faculty opportunities for research study tours and student exchanges.

Rajshahi University (RU)

With a low student-to-faculty ratio, ample funding and a promising number of highly competitive research projects under its belt, Rajshahi University is Bangladesh’s top public university. With an acceptance rate of just 3 percent and an expected growth rate of 18 percent between 2016 and 2019, RU is easily one of Bangladesh’s top choices for prospective students. The cost to attend RU is only around $2,100 per year, making it one of the cheapest among institutions in Bangladesh. To help you get started on your education at RU, here are some key facts about financial aid at Rajshahi University

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST)

SUST is among top ranked public universities in Bangladesh and located in Sylhet city. Its former name was Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) after Shahjalal University College(SUCO). In 1996, it was upgraded to a full-fledged university. It has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with an overall CGPA of 3.07 out of 4 which is highest ever achieved by any public university in Bangladesh. SUST is also one of two only universities that has its own boundary wall, beside Dhaka University. The university campus covers an area of over two square kilometres.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU)

While BSMMU may not be as prestigious as some of its Ivy League counterparts, it is ranked at number one in Bangladesh. What’s more, BSMMU is considered a top public university in Bangladesh because of its rank and reputation for academic excellence. As part of Top 10 Best Public Universities in Bangladesh rankings by higher education watchdog THE, BSMMU finished with a respectable 6th place amongst all top universities in Bangladesh. And compared to previous years, BSMMU showed considerable improvement, jumping from 13th place last year. The best part? It all happened thanks to increased focus on making higher education accessible to every citizen (particularly disadvantaged groups).

Dhaka University of Engineering & Technology (DUET)

DUET is a prestigious institute in Bangladesh. It was established in 1995 and is situated in Shahbag, Dhaka. DUET has six faculties, of which four offer undergraduate degrees (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineering), one offers postgraduate diplomas (Graduate Diploma in Engineering) and one offers postgraduate degrees (Masters and PhD). DUET has been ranked No.
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