To keep pace and to be at par with the developing world in the field of maritime higher studies and research, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Bangladesh, the first Maritime University of the country, was established by the BSMRMU, Act No. 47 of 2013. The University started its journey as the 37th public university of the country, the 3rd Maritime University in South Asia and the 12th Maritime University in the world upholding the motto "We Strive for Maritime Excellence".
The university is currently at its formative stage. We gradually plan to develop this university as the highest seat of learning for the students who would aspire to explore the maritime world for the greater interest of the humanity. The university would conduct both graduate and post- graduate courses on various fields, which includes subjects related to Safe Operation, Handling and Management of Ships, Port and Shipping Administration, Maritime Technology, Naval Architecture, Oceanography, Marine Science, Hydrography, Ocean Engineering, Offshore Engineering, Coastal Engineering, Maritime Laws, Maritime Security and Strategic studies, Business Studies, Information and Computer technology, Environmental Science etc. The university will have the dual role of running higher level courses for students, as well as regulating the affiliated institutions for their graduate/post graduate programmes.
On the 2nd February 2014, the University's first office was established at BNS Hazi Mohsin, Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka with active cooperation of the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral M Farid Habib, NBP, ndc, psc. On the 1st March 2014 the University started its administrative activities by setting up a Liaison Office at 656 Link Road, Mirpur DOHS in Dhaka-1216. With a view to commence its academic activities, on 1st August 2015, the University was shifted to its temporary campus situated at Pallabi, Mirpur-12 in Dhaka. In 2018, the Government of Bangladesh has allocated 106.68 acres of land at Hamidchar (Rangamatia and Bakolia Mouja) under Bandar Thana in the district of Chittagong for the purpose of establishment of a permanent campus of the University.