I am amazed by the courage and potential of AUW’s diverse students. Their unparalleled curiosity, creativity, passion and audacity for learning, intercultural exchange, and social activism inspire us to garner support and develop the best international university possible.

Cherie Blair, AUW Chancellor and Human Rights Lawyer


about AUW

The Asian University for Women (AUW) is based on the firm belief that education—especially higher education—provides a critical pathway to leadership development, economic progress, and social and political equality. 

Located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, AUW is an independent, international university that provides a liberal arts and sciences education with a focus on leadership. Students come from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds from across Asia and the Middle East. AUW currently has about 500 from 15 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Vietnam.

The University is international in its vision and scope, while being rooted in the unique context of the region. The Asian University for Women offers an educational paradigm that combines a competitive liberal arts education with applicable graduate and professional training. 

Its admissions, academics, faculty and organizational structure are predicated on American educational values and inspired by the American liberal arts model of higher education.  The University provides an American-style education that is relevant to the concerns and issues of the region it serves.

At the heart of the University is the civic and academic goal to cultivate successive generations of women leaders who possess the skills and resources to address the challenges of social and economic advancement of their communities. AUW adheres to the belief that no group has a monopoly on talent and is committed to providing a superior quality higher education to the region’s most outstanding women, regardless of background. AUW students receive scholarship support to attend the University.

The Asian University for Women ultimately seeks to empower its students by opening doors to new international opportunities. It seeks to graduate students who will pursue paths as skilled and innovative individuals and professionals, service-oriented leaders, and promoters of tolerance and understanding throughout the world.