The establishment of Leading University in Sylhet, a holy place of the country, was indeed a noble idea of a distinguished personality Danobir Dr Syed Ragib Ali, who is well-known for his philanthropic contributions to educational institutions all over the country. He established many educational institutions at different levels and of different kinds including a medical college-Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College and Hospital in Sylhet. Dr Ragib Ali is a pioneer in establishing the first private university-North-South University in Bangladesh. He was the founder Vice-Chairman of North-South University and the Chairman of The University of Asia Pacific and later on he was the Chairman of North-South University. He placed a proposal for establishing Leading University to the Ministry of Education on the 24th of August 1996 and the Ministry issued permission on the 28th of August 2001. Leading University was inaugurated on the 4th of March, 2002 and it commenced its first trimester on that day. The University at first had an enrollment with 106 students in undergraduate programs that were marked a milestone for the university and reasonably a source of inspiration to the persons those are interested in education. Currently, the number of enrolled students of this university is around 5000 which is larger than other private universities in this region. Leading University is playing a leading role in providing rationalized and quality education with the support of more than 200 distinguished faculty members from home and aboard. Leading University started its all academic activities in the permanent campus which is located in a very beautiful and green landscape of more than 5 acres of area at Ragibnagar, Kamalbazar which is at the outskirts of Sylhet City. At present, students of all faculties are availing this opportunity to attend classes in two spacious building of nearly 34,000 square feet along with all support facilities. Another multistoried academic building of 88,000 ft.
The dream of Leading University is to develop future leaders through academic excellence, research and social orientation for attaining competitiveness in the global context among the graduates. It promotes to become a centre for integrated development by focusing on academic, intellectual, creative, technological, practical and humanistic values.
The mission of Leading University (LU) is to provide internationally comparable higher education at a reasonable cost in a range of disciplines that are particularly relevant to current and future societal needs in business, science, technology, Arts and social sciences. To attain its mission, LU offers adequate resources, opportunities and expertise to students so that they can achieve their high academic and career goals. As a seat of higher learning and ethical values and norms, Leading University itself is committed to ensuring those principles.