The Asian University for Women (AUW) is being established as a leading institution of higher learning for women from across Asia. Located in Chittagong, Bangladesh and master-planned by the renowned architect Moshe Safdie on a 100+ acre campus site donated by the Government of Bangladesh, the University aims to be the first of its kind: a regional institution of the highest quality.
The AUW is the first dedicated solely to women’s education and leadership development in the region. International in outlook but rooted in the contexts and aspirations of people across Asia, the AUW will offer an educational paradigm that combines liberal arts education with graduate professional training.
The principal institutional financial supporters of the project to date include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Goldman Sachs Foundation, the Open Society Institute, Citigroup Foundation, and USAID.
The mission of the Asian University for Women is based on the firm belief that education-especially higher education-provides a critical pathway to leadership development, as well as more broadly in achieving sustainable development, economic progress, and social and political equity. AUW will educate promising young women from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds from across South and South East Asia and the Middle East — with a particular emphasis on the inclusion of women from poor, rural, and refugee populations. AUW will enable its students to become skilled and innovative professionals, service-oriented leaders, and promoters of tolerance and understanding.
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