Addressing the demand of professional social workers in the development fields of Sylhet region, the department of Social Work formally started its academic program with three faculty members and two non-academic staffs from the session of 1993-1994. Professor M. Habibur Rahman, who later became the Vice-Chancellor of this University, shouldered the responsibility as the founder head of the department. From its inception the academic activities of the department started drawing attention of different stakeholders including development organizations and social work academia of different universities in the country and abroad. It was mainly possible due to the effective international training received by faculty members and their team spirit guided by the founder head. The first MSS graduates came out in 1997 and their contributions to the local communities and in the national level attracted the whole academic community in the university and the employers in different sectors. This tradition is still uphold and practiced by the social work faculties, non-academic staffs and students which has made the department as “Social Work Family” at SUST.