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Vice Chancellor, Dr. Fahima Aziz, attended the Qatar Foundation’s third annual WISE Programme for Education Leadership from October 7-10, 2012. The conference brings together leaders from universities in developing countries to discuss the role of higher education in society and development. Organized by the International Association of University Presidents (IIE) and the Institute of International Education (IAUP), the Programme seeks to promote innovation through collaboration. Dr. Aziz, who was appointed to the Vice Chancellorship at AUW in April 2012, was one of two leaders representing women’s universities at the prestigious conference in Doha, Qatar. To read more about the event in Qatar’s Gulf Times, click here.
Starting on May 20th, AUW students have had the chance to take part in the University’s first summer term. While some have elected to pursue internships both at home and abroad, 187 students stayed at AUW to attend courses on subjects ranging from Calculus to Academic Argumentation. Read more
From Left: Dr. Fahima Aziz, AUW Vice Chancellor; Dr. Sheikha Al-Misnad, Chairman of AUW Board of Trustees; Dr. Dipu Moni, Bangladesh Foreign Minister
From Left: Dr. Sheikha Al-Misnad, Chairman of AUW Board of Trustees; Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman & CEO of Biocon; Dr. Dipu Moni, Bangladesh Foreign Minister
From Left: President Amit Chakma, Vice Chairman of AUW Board of Trustees; Mr. Mohammad Al-Jalahma, Deputy Secretary General of the Kuwait Awqaf Public Foundation; Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh
Read full speech by Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: Click Here
The Asian University for Women has launched an initiative to recruit students from the largest South East Asian country, Indonesia. To this end, AUW Founder and Acting Vice Chancellor Kamal Ahmad and AUW Council of International Advisors Member Ms. Marina Mahathir made a weeklong visit to Indonesia to meet with academic institutions, government officials, NGOs, etc. Marina Mahathir was interviewed during this visit by KOMPAS, the largest circulating daily in Indonesia.
To read the interview (in Bahasa Indonesian) published on KOMPAS, please click here.
Professor Jens Christiansen, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College is visiting AUW this week.
Professor Christiansen is giving three lectures:
Global Climate Change: Can We Still Save the Planet?
South Asia and the Political Economy of G20
The Role of the Euro in the Global Economy: Past, Present, and Future
London, March 1, 2012: A UK Support Foundation was launched at a splendid gala held at the Sofitel Hotel in Terminal Five at Heathrow Airport in London. Hosted by Sunita and Surinder Arora of the Arora International Hotels, the event was attended by over 70 distinguished guests. Mrs. Cherie Blair, Chancellor of AUW; Kamal Ahmad, founder and Acting Vice Chancellor of AUW spoke as did the Surinder Arora, the newly named co-chair of the AUW UK Support Foundation. Two AUW sudents, Mursal Hamraz from Afghanistan, and Aswathy Vijayakumar from India, spoke passionately about their education at AUW.
The programme was MC'ed by Ms. Brenda Trenowden, Managing Director and Head of UK & Ireland, Global Client Management at BNY Mellon who has been named as the Treasurer of the AUW UK Support Foundation.
Besides commitments for scholarships and other activities at AUW, the evening also saw the announcement of a partnership with the law firm of Clifford Chance which will sponsor one scholarship as well as host four AUW students as interns next summer. The law firm of Dorsey & Whitney provided pro bono legal support for the creation of the AUW UK Support Foundation.
From Left: Aswathy Vijayakumar (AUW student), Kamal Ahmad, Mr. Surinder Arora (AUW UK Support Foundation Co-Chair), Mrs. Cherie Blair, and Mursal Hamraz (AUW Student)
The visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Mr. Robert O. Blake, Jr. will deliver a major policy speech at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong on Wednesday, 15 February at 4:00 p.m. Bangladesh time at a gathering of all students and faculty of the University. The speech styled as "Opportunities in the East" is expected to focus on the role of women in the transformation of the Asian region. Read the remarks by Assistant Secretary. See the media clips featuring Assistant Secretary's visit to the AUW.
Mr. Blake, a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, is a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer who has previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives. He will be accompanied by the US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena and other representatives from the U.S. State Department.
Mr. Blake's visit to AUW follows an earlier visit by Ambassador Dan Mozena as well as US Congresswoman Betty McCollum. It also signals increased U.S. government assistance for the Asian University for Women. USAID recently announced a significant contribution to the ongoing construction of the permanent campus of AUW. The US State Department will be sponsoring a Summer Leadership Institute at AUW in August as a part of the Women and Public Policy Program that was announced by US Secretary Hillary Clinton last year. AUW is also collaborating with the US State Department in hosting the first ever Grassroots Women's Leadership Forum that will bring together elected women leaders at the grassroots level from SAARC countries for two weeks of focused workshops on education and development.
AUW's over 450 students represent twelve different countries:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, the People's Republic of China, Palestine, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia. They speak 33 different native languages but all instruction is in English.
Below photo shows: Datuk Siti Azizah Bte Sheikh Abod and Nurul Rosemiemmy Binti Khasimi from the Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia; Mohammed Al Jalahma, Chair of the AUW Trustee Committee on Campus Construction and Deputy Secretary-General of Kuwait Public Awaqf Foundation; Kamal Ahmad, Acting Vice Chancellor, AUW; and Omar Shareef, Chief Operating Officer, AUW.
The newly appointed US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena and US Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) visited AUW on January 9-10, 2012.
During their visit the distinguished guests held discussions with students and faculty and toured AUW's planned campus facilities. The picture shows Amb. Mozena and Congresswoman McCollum with AUW students.