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Dhaka, inaugurated the first Catholic university in Bangladesh
The Notre Dame University has already 283 members and 24 teachers. The subjects are English, economics, law, philosophy and business administration. The university is the result of the Missionaries of the Holy Cross, known and appreciated in the country for their educational apostolate.
(AsiaNews) - The first Catholic university of Bangladesh opened in Dhaka. Lessons
at Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB) began yesterday. Established by the
Missionaries of the Holy Cross, it has 283 members and 24 teachers. At the
moment, the subjects are english, economics, law, philosophy and business
December was held an orientation ceremony, which was attended by about 350
people. Guest of honor was the retired bishop of Dhaka, mgr. Paulinus Costa. "This
university will teach you truth and wisdom," said the bishop addressing the
students. "You'll have to learn to be committed in your professional as well as
Benjamin Costa, vice chancellor of the university, thanked the government and
donors who contributed to the opening of NDUB. "As missionaries of the Holy
Cross, we are committed to impart a quality-based education; to instill in our
students a true sense of patriotism and love for the people and for the
country. With this purpose in mind, the first year of study will be the same
for all students, that only on the second year will begin to specialize."
Dame University Bangladesh has received the official approval of the government
on 29th April 2013. "We are deeply grateful to Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina and Dr. A. K. Azad Chowdhury [chairperson of the University Grants
Commission - ndr] for this great gift. We envision this university developing
in the same line as Notre Dame College, which has served the people of
Bangladesh for 64 years" added fr. Costa.
Bangladesh, Holy Cross missionaries are known and appreciated for their
The first Notre Dame college was established in Dhaka
in 1949 and today is considered one of the best in the country.
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