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2012-2013 News & Events

Two Korean newspapers interview AUW students who are spending this summer interning with Korea’s EximBank

Two Korean national newspapers, the Chosun Ilbo and the Korea Times, have published articles on AUW students who are spending their summers interning with Korea’s EximBank, the state-owned institution that finances the country’s exports and imports.  The three students from Bangladesh, Mowmita Basak (Class of 2013), Afroza Alam (Class of 2014), and Nishat Raihana (Class of 2015), spoke eloquently about how education at AUW has transformed their lives. 

They cited critical thinking, appreciation for cultural diversity, and English-language skills as among the most important tools they have gained from their time at AUW.  All three young women spoke of a desire to bring what they have learned back to their communities and serve their societies when they graduate.

To read the articles, follow these links:

Two AUW students selected for WorldPulse Journalism mentorship Program

We are pleased to announce that two AUW students have been selected as 2013 Correspondents for the WORLDPULE Voices of Our Future Program!  The program provides online training in citizen journalism and digital empowerment for emerging grassroots women leaders. Thirty applicants were selected from a pool of international submissions.  We are proud that our very own Xiang Balacuo and Rabia Salih have been selected to receive ongoing support for the next five months from professional journalist-mentors working with WorldPulse.  They will be guided in developing their journalism writing skills including writing compelling frontline journals, profiles, feature stories and op-eds and instructed on how to use new media to amplify their voices and understand the basics of digital storytelling.  Writing Center tutors Helen Moser, Anina Tweed, Meghan Daniel and Kassi Absar conducted the information sessions on WorldPulse activities in the Spring.  


AUW Professor Sharon Flicker and Loan Bui, a third-year student in Asian Studies, participated in the Third Asian Conference on Psychology and Behavioral Sciences (ACP) in Osaka, Japan in March 2013.  Their paper, entitled “The Relationship Between Analytic and Holistic Styles of Thinking and Forgiveness,” was the result of an independent research project conducted by Loan with the supervision and guidance of Professor Flicker.  Loan was a student in Professor Flicker’s Cultural Psychology class, and her interest in the subject grew into an independent study course conducted the following semester.

The theme of this year’s ACP conference, held from 28-31 March, was “Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century Enigma.”  Loan gave a 30-minute presentation about her project at the conference, and the resulting paper will be published in the conference journal later this year.  Loan said of her experience at the conference: “Giving a presentation at the ACP has been an amazing opportunities for me to challenge myself, learn how to give a professional presentation in an international forum as well as know a lot about great research that social scientists are conducting all over the world in the field of psychology.” 

AUW Research center on development and humanitarian action parters with

The AUW Research Center on Development and Humanitarian Action has just begun its partnership with from Dallant Networks and the Ford Foundation. Fourth year undergraduate student Zyma Islam has written the first article published on their website. AUW students interested in writing and learning more about urban poverty are invited to join the writing team by contacting WT Anina Tweed or any member of the coordination committee for Dhaka: Nisha Karki, Raiya Ashraf, Anshu Adhikari and Saima Jaba. Please note that we will also start a similar, but independent initiative for Chittagong shortly.

Here is the link to Zyma’s article:

AUW students shine at the Girls Impact the World Film Festival

Asian University for Women fourth year undergraduate student from Bangladesh Azmina Karim was awarded the People's Choice Award for the Girls Impact the World Film Festival 2013, organized by Connecther and the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative. The award was presented by established executive producer Kim Moses at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony on February 23rd at Harvard University, in Boston, USA. People from all over the world were invited to vote for their favorite film via Facebook and Twitter. The winner was chosen by the judges from the top films that had the most votes. The nine-member international Grand Jury included two Nobel laureates, Prof. Muhammad Yunus from Bangladesh and Leymah Gbowee from Liberia.

Azmina Karim says her film Because I am a Girl on domestic violence “portrays that, if the violence is done by a husband to his wife, it is either resolved within the family or kept unresolved in the name of sanity of the relationship. In our society, it is taken for granted that women are subject to violence and they are expected to endure it with patience, and be mum… This is the time that we speak up about this violence even when it is done by our family member or the loved one.” After doing an internship with Waste Concern in Dhaka, Azmina, an ongoing and engaged change maker, is currently pursuing her research interests on waste management and social entrepreneurship, looking for innovative ways to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of our times.

In addition to Azmina Karim, four other AUW students, Drishya Gurung, Sharon Panackal, Sonia Shorif and Rasani Shrestha, participated in the Film Festival and all five made it to the top 15 in the popular choice.

Ms. Karim’s video as well as the ones from the other AUW students can be viewed online at:

AUW's Zumba fitness course

Zumba Fitness is now being offered as a Physical Education course at AUW for the very first time! Zumba is a combination of dance and fitness and is a way to get in shape while listening to infectious music and having fun. It incorporates music and dance from around the world, including salsa, merengue, cumbia, samba, reggaeton, belly dancing, and even Bollywood! The course is being offered by Professor Sharon Flicker, who traveled to India for a three-day Zumba instructor training in December 2012. There has been an overwhelming response from students - every Monday and Wednesday afternoon, the rooftop is packed with sweaty, smiling women!

AUW Students Contribute to Published Paper

The journal Quality of Life Research has published a paper entitled, “Cognitive testing of the WHOQOL-BREF Bangladesh tool in a northern rural Bangladeshi population with lymphatic filariasis.”  The main author of the paper, which explores the cultural suitability of this public health intervention in Northern Bangladesh, is Professor Lynne Zeldenryk, PhD candidate at James Cook University in Australia.  Professor Zaldenryk was assisted in her Bangladesh field research by four AUW students—Nur-E-Habiba, Rosy Karna, Shema Mhajabin, and Zahida Khan—whom she has kindly acknowledged in the final paper.  As research assistants, the students conducted interviews with subjects in Bengali and translated them into English—these cognitive interviews provided the data that was analyzed in the paper.  This project was part of a research program sponsored by the World Health Organization.  You can read the paper online here:


A conference entitled “Speak Up Against Violence Against Women” was held on campus at AUW in February 2013.  The purpose of the conference was to begin a dialogue about and increase awareness of violence against women.  Speakers included AUW Vice Chancellor Fahima Aziz, AUW Associate Professor Cleonicki Saroca, and members of local educational institutions, women’s rights groups, and other local groups.  Dr. Aziz’s remarks pointed out that current statistics do reflect the actual magnitude of violence against women, and called for open dialogue on the subject to increase awareness, reminding the audience that violence against women is not just a local issue, but a global problem.  The conference concluded with a play performed by AUW students which intended to increase awareness of violence against women. Click here to read more.

mrs. rokia afzal rahman as MCCI Dhaka President

Mrs. Rokia Afzal Rahman has been elected as the President of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This chamber is an apex business body in Bangladesh. Mrs. Rahman served as the firstchair of AUW Bangladesh Board of Advisors. She conintues as a member of this Board of Advisors, now chaired by Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni.

Bangladesh International Model UN Conference

Six students from AUW attended the 2012 Bangladesh International Model United Nations conference, organized by UNYSAB (United Nations Youth Students Association of Bangladesh).  One student participant noted that the conference “allowed us to come together with other youths to draft a resolution for the world we dream to make.”  Model UN provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in public speaking, conflict resolution and negotiation, policy analysis and formation, and leadership development.  AUW’s students, with their extraordinary ability to envision a better world, also took it as a chance to glimpse the future.  One student told us: “Despite [the conference] not being the real thing, forget not that one day it will be us sitting in those seats in the UN, and realizing the world our young minds now dream of.”  The students performed admirably and gained AUW the honor of “Best University” at the conference.  AUW’s student representatives were Zyma Islam, Saraban Tahura, Shakila Bano, Marvah Shakib, Kamala K.C. and Fatima Sabri.  They were accompanied by Nicki Saroca, Associate Professor of Sociology at AUW.

AUW students participate in the Chattagram Jela Krira Sangstha Basketball League Competition 2012-13

Several AUW students participated in the 2012-13 Chattagram Jela Krira Sangstha Basketball League Competition this month.  AUW’s basketball club is a favorite among students, and these young women were eager to take their interest beyond the AUW campus to compete with a broader group of athletes.  Below are photos of the students at the competition.

auw chancellor receives cbe

AUW community extends its warmest congratulations to its Chancellor Cherie Blair for being awarded a CBE for her service to women's issues and charitable work in Britain and elsewhere.  Cherie Blair joined AUW as Patron in 2009 and was named the first Chancellor of the University in 2010.  

Mrs. Blair and AUW students.

AUW Vice chancellor on good morning kuwait

AUW’s Vice Chancellor, Dr. Fahima Aziz, was featured as a guest on the television show Good Morning Kuwait.  Dr. Aziz appeared on Good Morning Kuwait live on December 5th.

Dr. Fahima Aziz is the second person from the left.

AUW board of trustees met in kuwait

AUW Board of Trustees meeting was held in Kuwait on December 5 - 7. The meeting was hosted by Mr. Mohammad Abdullah Al-Jalama, the Deputy Secretary General of the Kuwait Aqwaf Public Foundation and a Board of Trustees member. 

AUW's New campus traditions: The Midnight breakfast and the christmas carol service

The Midnight Breakfast is a common tradition among liberal arts colleges in the United States, where faculty and administrators cook and serve breakfast to students as a late-night study break during final exams.  At AUW’s first Christmas Carol service, students and faculty joined together to sing English-language carols as well as holiday songs from their own countries.  Photos from these events can be found on AUW’s Flickr stream:

auw vice chancellor attended as honorable chief guest at the 2nd installation ceremony of rotary club of chittagong

Vice Chancellor, Dr. Fahima Aziz, attended the 2nd installation ceremony of Rotary Club of Chittagong on November 30, 2012.

AUW Vice Chancellor attended wise leadership program

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.

Summer study begins at AUW

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

images from auw board of trustees meeting held in dhaka on may 2, 2012

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

auw to recruit students from indonesia this year

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.

jens christiansen to lecture at auw on climate change; g20; and the euro

Professor Jens Christiansen, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College visted AUW and gave 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.

Opportunities in the east: u.s. assistant secretary robert blake to make major policy speech at auw on february 15th at 4pm bangladesh time

The visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Mr. Robert O. Blake, Jr. delivered 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.

delegation from malaysian prime minister's office visits auw

Datuk Siti Azizah Bte Sheikh Abod and Nurul Rosemiemmy Binti Khasimi from the Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia visited AUW.


The newly appointed US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena and US Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) visited AUW on January 9-10, 2012.

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