UIU started its academic program in October 2003 in a rented building. UIU shifted to its very own custom-built campus in September, 2005. The new campus was built with the purpose of imparting education in a befitting infrastructure and congenial environment.
UIU offers and array of undergraduate and graduate courses under the following departments:
1. School of Business & Economics
2. School of Engineering & Science
3. Institute of Natural Sciences
4. English Language Institute
UIU fosters research. UIU is the 1st private university in Bangladesh to disburse 1 crore taka as research grant among its faculties for 31 difference research project. UIU's research team is one of the foremost in the country, having made a telling contribution in the renewable energy research sector of Bangladesh, particularly in solar based power generation.