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Asian University for Women

About Asian University for Women

Asian University for Women is located in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

The mission of 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. Set to commence in September 2009, the University will educate promising young women from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic, and socio-economic 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. 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.

Dr. Hoon Eng Khoo is its first provost and acting Vice Chancellor

In May 2010, the University announced a fundraising event at Sotheby's art auction house to highlight the importance of women's education in the developing world. Dr. Condoleezza Rice, AUW Patron and former U.S. Secretary of State, and Mrs. Cherie Blair, AUW Patron and wife of Tony Blair, are the keynote speakers for the event.

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