The Asian University for Women ultimately seeks to empower its students by opening doors to new international opportunities. It seeks to graduate students who will pursue paths as skilled and innovative individuals and professionals, service-oriented leaders, and promoters of tolerance and understanding throughout the world. The AUW Support Foundation, a 501(c)(3)-registered nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the principal source of funding mobilization for the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Founded in 2008, the Asian University for Women (AUW) is an independent, international university in Chittagong, Bangladesh seeking to educate a new generation of leaders in Asia. AUW admits students solely on the basis of merit, regardless of their family’s income level, and nearly all students are on full scholarship with many as the first in their family to attend university. AUW offers a one-year, pre-collegiate bridge program called the Access Academy, as well as a three-year undergraduate program based in the liberal arts and sciences. The University is committed to graduating generations of women leaders who will tackle their countries’ social, economic, and political issues while collaborating across cultural, ethnic, and religious lines. They have approximately 500 students enrolled from 15 countries in Asia and the Middle East.
The academic program at AUW is designed to provide their students with strong skills in communication, moral reasoning, critical thinking and leadership, as well as specialized knowledge and expertise in a chosen field of study (major). Most students are admitted into the Access Academy, a one year transitional program that prepares students for undergraduate level study in English. The institute’s undergraduate program is modeled on the curricula of residential liberal arts colleges in the United States. It gives students the opportunity to pursue their academic curiosity and study a breadth of subjects in their first years at AUW.