Asian University For Women
College in Cambridge, MA
The Asian University for Women (AUW) is built on the company belief that education especially higher education supplies a critical pathway to leadership development, economic progress, and social and political equality. Situated in Chittagong, Bangladesh, AUW supplies a world-class education to promising young women from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds from across South and South East Asia and the Middle East.
read moreAUW strives to meet the demonstrated financial need of each admitted student and offers full and partial scholarships based on each student's financial circumstances. Full scholarships cover tuition, room and board, course supplies, primary healthcare, and international travel*. The Financial Aid Committee shall have the right to investigate and verify all the information and documents submitted by the applicants in order to determine the size and scope of a student's financial assistance package.
read moreI am enormously pleased to welcome the Asian University for Women to Bangladesh and to the city of Chittagong. As it so happens, my own first experiment with microlending which eventually resulted in the creation of the Grameen Bank occurred just a few miles from the site chosen for this new university. Our experience with microlending over the past several decades has amply demonstrated that given the opportunity, even the most powerless amongst us will rise to the occasion and strive to transform her own life.
How to Apply
read moreTo apply for undergraduate study at Asian University for Women, you must submit an application through our online portal. Full details of the application process and answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the online portal. AUW reviews applications holistically, focusing on academic excellence, leadership potential, and personal context as demonstrated by their prior academic performance, record of extracurricular activities and community activities, and personal statement. Shortlisted applicants are invited to sit for a locally administered entrance examination and interview.
read moreAsian University for Women (AUW) was conceived by Kamal Ahmad when he was himself an undergraduate at Harvard College in the mid-1980s. However, it was the World Bank/UNESCO Task Force on Higher Education & Society that provided him with a springboard to launch the idea. An International Support Committee for the Asian University for Women was set up with Task Force Member and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and First Lady of Denmark Lone Dybkjaer as Co-Chair. A meeting was arranged with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina in 2000 when First Lady Dybkjaer and Kamal presented the AUW idea to the Government of Bangladesh and the process of building support internationally was launched.
read moreAUW is a community of change-makers who intend to use their expertise for global good. Our students are courageous, are empathetic, and have a sense of outrage at injustice. We seek students who exhibit extraordinary talent and leadership potential to join this passionate community. Sharmin has made a commitment to changing the lives of those around her - particularly women. She works as National Programme Officer in the Livelihoods and Social Cohesion unit under the International Organization for Migration-IOM (United Nations).