Prof. Gazi Mahabubul Alam, PhD, FRSA

Chairman, Board of Trustees


Prof. Gazi Mahabubul Alam, FRSA, PhD is currently working as the Chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Central University of Science and Technology (CUST), Dhaka, Bangladesh. With a vision of preparing CUST as one of the top universities in the Southern Asia, he has been playing a very crucial role with the support of every corner especially from the legislative and controlling bodies, management and BoT. In order to instil the factual concept of university with the sector of private Higher Education (HE), he is taking some well-timed decisions. He deeply acknowledges the supports and hard works of everyone to implement those challenges. After its birth, CUST has started gaining the confidence from the inside and outside to become a trendsetting University for the society. He also possesses a number of positions in different professional bodies. Of which, President of the Asian Council of Science Editors (ACSE) is worth mentioning.

Prior to his current appointment, Prof. Alam has worked as a Professor of Public Policy and Governance narrowing to Education sector. In addition to his professorial role, he served as the Chief Consultant of the Academic Performance Enhancement Unit, University of Malaya (UM). His key role as the Chief Consultant was to support the VC in uplifting UM global ranking through enhancing research activities and collaboration amongst industries, stakeholders and international partners. He was also responsible to ensure an increased performance of every school of UM with a key focus to social science, Education and Business schools. Additionally, he acted as one of the planners for the establishment of new school, centre and unit. Gazi has a remarkable work experience both in the institution of higher education and in international development sectors. Main countries of his work experience include Bangladesh, Malaysia, UK, USA, and Australia.

Gazi has published a significant number of articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Although, he is a social scientist, he has conducted researches in Multi-disciplinary areas. In 2014, Gazi received the award of Fellowship (FRSA) from the Royal Society of Arts. He also received the award of best scholar at the area of education economics and policy from the Science Digest in 2011. In addition to these, his paper on private higher education received the best citation award in the year of 2011 ( from the Thomson Reuters (ISI/WoS). His works: The Role of Technical and Vocational Education on National Development of Bangladesh and The Role of Agriculture Education on National Development of Bangladesh are widely cited and internationally recognised research papers. Gazi has been actively involved with both theoretical and practical branches of Development Studies. As part of his career with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), he was one of the main contributors in drafting Skills Development Policy for Bangladesh. Gazi received the best presenter award from the Finance, Economics and Global Business Research Conference, Miami, Florida for a paper entitled: The Role of TVET for the Deployment of Maldives in December 2012.

Prof. Gazi has published a significant number of ISI indexed journal articles and these articles have received a notable amount of citations. Gazi’s H-index with Web of Science as a scholar is 13 in his area of expertise.

In addition to the areas of education, economics and business, Prof. Alam has published works in the areas of School Management, Work place productivity, linkage between Workforce and Education, Agro-economics, Climate Change, Animal Health, ICT & Science and Technical and Technological Education.  He has a wider experience; working as editor for many internationally reputed journals. Under his guidance, many journals have achieved good standard and accreditation. He is the Editor in Chief for The International Journal of Applied Economics & Finance and Journal of Applied Science.

Prof. Alam has been identified as an influential speaker for seminar, symposium, workshop, training and classes. He can strongly stimulate the audience while he talks various issues especially education & development, philosophy of education, education business, public and economic policy, education economics and policy, research methodology, writing manuscript and professional development. With a vast, wider and multi- disciplinary experience in research, teaching, and education background,  Prof. Alam  can serve the need of various schools/faculties (i.e. School of Education, School of Business and Management, School of Economics and School of Public Policy and Administration).

Mr. Alam received his MBA in 1999 from the USA. Further to the MBA, in order to work in the area of Education, he later studied MA in International Education & Development in 2003 at the University of Sussex, UK. Dr. Gazi Mahabubul Alam obtained PhD from the University of Nottingham, UK in 2007 in Education Policy and Governance.

Proud to be a Bangladeshi with his root in Khulna, Gazi is grateful to Almighty to be the 5th fortunate child of six; of his most remarkable poor farmer parents; Mohammad Enayet Hossain Gazi and Ashia Begum. He owes due credits to his siblings for their constant supports. He is blessed by Almighty in providing him a wonderful supportive wife and a daughter.


A few selected recent publications exclusively in the area of Higher Education:

Alam GM and Parvin M (2017) Quality of HE in Private Universities of Bangladesh : The Four Fundamental Perspectives International Journal of Higher Education 6 (4) 38-53

Thian LB, Alam GM and Idris AR (2016) Balancing managerial and academic values: Mid-level academic management at a private university in Malaysia, International Journal of Educational Management – 30 (2) pp. 308 – 322

Alam GM (2015) Will Transnational Mode of HE benefit Bangladesh- A lesson from Malaysia? Going Global,British Council and Emerald

Alam GM (2015) Skills Development through Tertiary Education: A Global Phenomena or a Local Need? Going Global,British Council and Emerald

Alam GM and Al-Amin AQ (2014) Role of Higher Education in Institutionalising Climate Change in Bangladesh. International perspectives on climate change: Latin America and Beyond, Edited by Professor Walter Leal, Springer publisher.

AlamGM, Mirsha PK and Shahjamal MM (2014) Quality Assurance Strategies for Affiliated Institutions of HE: A Case Study of the Affiliates under National University of Bangladesh,Higher Education 68 (2) 285-301

AlamGM and Al-Amin AQ (2014) Role of Pharmacy Education in National Development of Bangladesh: A Scope for Public and Private Sectors, Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research 48 (4) 11-21

Alam GM (2013) Gap between Expectation and Delivery of Skills: A Way Forward for Collaboration Amongst the Stakeholders in Developing Nations, The British Council and Royal Society of Arts, London, England

Alam GM (2013) Excellence in Private Sector Higher Education: A Challenge to Public Sectors in Developing Nations. British Council: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Alam GM, Shahjamal MM, Al-Amin AQ and Azam MN (2013) State of Pharmacy Education in Bangladesh, Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 12 (6): 1107-1112

Fard HAM, Nambiar MK, Alam GM, Rabby TG andFard AM (2013) Oral Performance of EFL Learners: A Comparative Study on Effectiveness of Teaching and Knowledge Management between Native and Non-native English Teachers, Asian Journal of Information Management 6 (1) PP 16-24

Hoque KE, Alam GM and Abdullah AGK (2011) Impact of teacher professional development on school improvement – an analysis at Bangladesh standpoint, Asia Pacific Education Review 12(3) pp 337-348

Alam GM, Hoque KE and Oloruntegbe KO (2010) Quest for a better operation system in Education: Privatization, Teacher Educationalization or Voucherilization: glimpsing from consumer and product perspectives, African Journal of Business Management  Volume 4 issue 6 pp. 1202-1214

Alam GM, Hoque KE,IsmailLand Mishra PK (2010) Do developing countries need education laws to manage its system or are ethics and market-driven approach sufficient?, African Journal of Business Management Vol. 4(15), pp. 3406-3416, 4 November, 2010

Alam GM, Hoque KE, Rout GK and Priyadarshani N (2010) Who gains from EFA –State Business of Education or Private Higher Education Business in Developing Nation: A study to understand the policy impact in Bangladesh?, African Journal of Business ManagementVol. 4(5), pp 770 – 789

Alam GM and Hoque KE (2010) Who gains from “Brain and Body Drain” Business -Developing/developed world or individuals: A comparative study between skilled and semi/unskilled emigrants, African Journal of Business ManagementVol. 4(4), pp. 534-548

Hashim F, Alam GM and Siraj S (2010) E-management for administrative efficiency in Higher Education through participatory decision-making, WSEAS TRANSACTIONS on COMMUNICATIONSIssue 2, Volume 9,page 73-82

Alam GM, Hoque KE, Khalifa MTB, Siraj SB and Ghani MFBA (2009) The role of agriculture education and training on agriculture economics and national development of Bangladesh, African Journal of Agriculture ResearchVol. 4 (12), pp. 1334-1350

Alam GM (2009) The role of science and technology education at network age population for sustainable development of Bangladesh through human resource advancement, Scientific Research And Essays 4(11) P, 1260-1270

Alam GM (2009) Can governance and regulatory control ensure private higher education as business or public goods in Bangladesh? African Journal of Business Management Vol.3 (12), pp. 890-906

Alam GM and Khalifa MTB (2009) The impact of introducing a business marketing approach to education:  a study on private HE in Bangladesh, African Journal of Business Management 3 (9), 463-474

Alam GM (2008) The Role of Technical and Vocational Education in National Development of Bangladesh, Asia Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education. 9(1): 25-44.