The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) believes in working towards sustainable development practices in Bangladesh. On February 1, 2006, ULAB launched the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) in order to carry out research pertaining to sustainability and to serve the national interests.CSD is dedicated to interdisciplinary research which explores and documents practices of sustainable development.
CSD recognizes that all societies struggle with heterogeneities, conflicts and complexities of development and inter- ventions, and thus require special efforts to develop knowledge-based societies.
CSD’s research and academic initiatives attempt to address these ambiguities in knowledge – from positively im- pacting people’s livelihoods, using new and traditional practices, and effecting national sustainable development policies.
Vision: CSD envisions a knowledge-based society.
Mission: CSD is devoted to interdisciplinary research, quality teaching, producing and disseminating knowledge, establishing networks with universities and research centers for collaborative research, and organizing actions to promote the greening of Bangladesh.
Values: CSD is committed to sustainable use of resources, and building capacity for diversified livelihoods.
CSD believes in a multidisciplinary, Trans disciplinary and interdisciplinary education and research approach. Its strengths are in its multidisciplinary team as well as academics, researchers, and scientists from ULAB’s research centers and academic departments.
CSD runs its research projects in partnership with Bangladesh Government, public and private universities, for- eign universities and research centers, business sector institutions, finance sector institutions, foreign missions in Bangladesh, and national/international NGOs. The research contributes to policy processes ensuring sustainable development. Research findings are used for quality teaching of all disciplines as well as strengthening capacity of the faculty members.
The center is run by a multidisciplinary team under leadership of its director, accountable to the Vice Chancellor of ULAB. CSD is enriched in its values, philosophical ideas, policy guidelines and strategic moves with advice and knowledge sharing by the ULAB Board of Trustees.