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UCB introduces degree programmes from University of London

TBP Desk
28 Oct 2022 00:00:00 | Update: 28 Oct 2022 10:38:20
UCB introduces degree programmes from University of London
Guests at the inauguration ceremony of degree programmes in Dhaka on Thursday – Courtesy Photo

With the aim of providing world-class affordable education in Bangladesh, Universal College Bangladesh (UCB) has partnered exclusively with University of London (UoL) to launch multiple bachelor’s degrees with academic direction from London School of Economics (LSE).

With 100 per cent curriculum and testing from London School of Economics, the offered courses at UCB initially include BSc Business and Management, BSc Finance and BSc Accounting and Finance, said a statement.

Apart from significant savings in tuition fee, eligible students will get up to 40 per cent scholarship. Students would also become part of an elite global community of 100,000+ plus UoL alumni across 200 countries.

A historic inauguration event was held in this regard on Thursday at the campus of UCB in Dhaka with leading dignitaries in attendance, including Dr Dipu Moni, Minister of Education, Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, Deputy Minister of Education, Tipu Munshi, Minister of Commerce, Robert Dickson, High Commissioner of UK to Bangladesh, Professor Wim A Van der Stede, Dean, London School of Economics Extended Education and others.

Bob Kundanmal, Chairman, STS Group, stated at the launch, “This remarkable new phase of international in-country education has been possible for STS Group due to the blessing and support of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. Her foresight in permitting foreign education is one of the stellar pillars of her vision to assist Bangladesh continue its high-growth trajectory and achieve the 2041 high-income nation goal, hand in hand with sustainable development goals.”

Dr Dipu Moni said, “This fast-growing nation is now being viewed as a most-preferred destination for global equity, global institutions and global-skilled manpower – key pillars for Bangladesh’s ongoing thundering industrial revolution.”

Last year, UCB created history by introducing Monash pathway programmes in Bangladesh wherein students could undertake their Monash degree journey right here in Bangladesh (Monash University is ranked #44 in the prestigious Times Higher Education ranking). This year, UCB has beaten its own benchmarks with the introduction of London School of Economics’ academically directed degrees.

These in-country international programmes bring other significant advantages. Zarif Munir, Senior Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group, and Director at UCB, said in his keynote speech, “Such programmes can potentially save invaluable dollar reserves for a nation that annually repatriates close to $4.5 billion on outward tuition fee remittances for Bangladesh students studying abroad.”

Universal College Bangladesh is a part of STS Group, Bangladesh’s largest private sector conglomerate in healthcare and education, operating the nation’s leading brands such as Evercare Hospitals, DPS STS Schools and International School Dhaka (ISD), apart from an upcoming keystone international school project.