Asian University for Women celebrates its tenth launch; John Edward Sexton, President Emeritus of New York University and Champion of the Global University Network will be the keynote speaker

CHATOGRAM, BANGLADESH – Media outreach – January 21, 2023 – After a three-year hiatus as a result of Covid-19, more than 1,500 people – graduate students from the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022, faculty and staff, as well as guests from around the country and overseas will gather in an open air pavilion at the permanent site of the Asian University for Women (AUW) campus in the Baizid area of ​​Chittagong to celebrate its tenth launch. Flags of the 19 nations from which AUW draws its students will adorn the path leading to the pavilion and segments of each national anthem will be sung by the AUW Choir in a symbolic call for unity. The ceremony will take place about 100 meters from where the new Campus Center building, designed by eminent architect Moshe Safdie, is being constructed.

Four hundred eighty-six students from Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; the People’s Republic of China; Indonesia; Burma; Nepal; Pakistan; Palestine; Senegal; Sri Lanka; Syria; and Vietnam will receive their undergraduate degrees. Vice-Chancellor Dr. Rubana Huq will lead the conferences.

The launch ceremony, chaired by Chancellor Cherie Blair, international human rights lawyer and wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chairman of the Board, Dr Dipu Moni (who is also Minister of Bangladesh Education), will confer a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoraryto Professor John Edward Sexton, President Emeritus of New York University (NYU) and former Dean of NYU Law School in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to global higher education as an architect, champion and creator of the global network of NYU which has seen the construction of new NYU campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai and other centers around the world.

Teacher Sunil AmritRenu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History at Yale University in the United States and Professor Rupa Viswanathprofessor of Indian religions at the University of Göttingen in Germany will be inducted as Distinguished Honorary Professors.

AUW will also be announcing a number of new milestone initiatives during the launch:

HSBC-AUW School of Apparel and Retail Management. Funded by philanthropic support from the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation – HSBC, the new HSBC-AUW School of Apparel & Retail Management will offer a one-year Master of Science in Apparel and Retail Management. Guided by a global academic committee chaired by Dr. Dipak Jain, former dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (who also served as dean of INSEAD in Fontainbleau, France), this new master’s program will prepare young women professionals with expertise in fashion, merchandising, supply chain management, brand management and occupational health and safety issues. It is intended to help the booming ready-to-wear (RMG) industry bring more female talent into leadership positions. This new initiative builds on an ongoing program at AUW, originally created with funding from the Ikea Foundation, to academically prepare and induce talented RMG workers to pursue their undergraduate studies at AUW.

Dalit Education and Empowerment Program. AUW has pledged to launch a special decade-long initiative to support the education and empowerment of 600 young women from Dalit families across South Asia.

Major news in (i) humanities and (ii) computer science. In the fall of 2023, AUW will introduce two new undergraduate majors. The humanities major will include the study of literature, history, religion, and philosophy. The Computer Science major will follow the structure and curriculum content of major undergraduate computer science programs and will be taught in a hybrid form with the participation of resident and non-resident faculty.

Mariam Mirzakhani Chair in Mathematics. AUW will establish an endowed chair in mathematics named after Mariam Mirzakhani, the Iranian mathematician educated at Sharif University in Iran and Harvard University in the United States, who won the Fields Medal before her untimely death from cancer.

The launch work will be followed by a two-day international conference on Can universities shape society? Thoughts, ideas and dreams. The conference is dedicated to honoring the memory of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old Iranian woman who was murdered while in the custody of Islamic Republic of Iran state authorities on September 22, 2022 after being arrested by its morality police on the grounds that she was not wearing the proper hijab. We hope that by dedicating the conference to Mahsa Amini, more people will be inspired to fight the unbearable injustice of the unequal treatment of women everywhere. Woman, Life, Freedom!

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About Asian University for Women (AUW):

Founded in 2008 and located in Chattogram, Bangladesh, AUW is the first of its kind: a regional institution dedicated to educating women and developing leadership through liberal arts and science education. It is international in its perspective but rooted in the contexts and aspirations of the peoples of Asia. Chartered by the Parliament of Bangladesh, AUW exists solely to support a growing network of women leaders, entrepreneurs and changemakers from across the region. He seeks women who demonstrate significant academic achievement and potential, who demonstrate courage and a sense of outrage in the face of injustice, and who are empathetic to the misfortunes of others.

1322 students from 18 countries currently attend AUW: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, Timor Leste, Vietnam and Yemen. Over 85% of AUW students receive full or near-full scholarships funded by supporters around the world. The University has graduated over a thousand students to date. The majority of AUW graduates gain employment in the private and public sectors in their home country, while around 25% go on to higher education at other higher education institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Johns Hopkins, Stanford , Columbia, Duke, Brandeis and Tufts. , among others. To learn more about Asian University for Women, please visit

Asian University for Women celebrates its tenth launch; John Edward Sexton, President Emeritus of New York University and Champion of the Global University Network will be the keynote speaker

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