National University, Bangladesh is a parent university of Bangladesh that was established by an Act of Parliament as an affiliating University of the country to impart graduate and post-graduate level education to the students through its affiliated colleges and professional institutions throughout the country. It is the 2nd largest university in the world according to enrollment. The headquarter is in Gazipur, on the outskirts of Dhaka.
Apart from the units providing campus teaching at Board Bazar, Gazipur, the university has about 1,688 component/affiliated colleges. These colleges under its academic control cater for courses leading to Pass, Honours and master’s degrees. The university exercises academic control over the colleges according to the National University Act 1992 mandated by the National Parliament of Bangladesh and the statutes of the university. It provides the curricula and syllabi, arranges admission test, gives guidelines for admission, arranges inspection, holds examination, publishes results, and awards certificates.
The college curricula and syllabi are being standardized and modernized in consonance with national ideology. The new syllabuses came into effect from the last academic session.
The National University of Bangladesh is now the fifth largest university in the world after its 17-year history by its number of registered students at affiliated colleges. It is also one of the largest universities in the world by number of affiliated colleges and number of expanding subjects and courses.