Asian University for Women
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|Asian University for Women|
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AUW's first academic program, the pre-collegiate Access Academy, opened in March 2008 with a class of 130 young women from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Cambodia. The first Access Academy class graduated in July 2009 and continued into the undergraduate program. AUW's current student body comes from 12 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. The master plan for AUW's planned permanent campus was designed by architect Moshe Safdie.
The Asian University for Women Support Foundation (AUWSF) is a non-profit organization based in the United States that serves as a fund raising organization for the University. An international network of leaders in the educational, financial, and developmental sectors continue to work together to develop AUW. Notable advisors and patrons include Cherie Blair, British lawyer and human rights activist, and Marina Mahathir, Malaysian writer and human rights activist as well as many other eminent individuals. AUW also has a fundraising Support Group in the UK.
The Asian University for Women aims to graduate the next generation of women leaders in Asia.
- To educate Asian women to become highly motivated and effective professionals, leaders, and service-oriented citizens of the region and thereby promote the development of and intercultural understanding among the peoples of Asia;
- To provide a vibrant and diverse residential learning community where highly talented women and those with uncommon potential from many cultural and religious backgrounds can grow both intellectually and personally;
- To create a student-focused learning environment where the humanities and natural and social sciences establish a broad base of inquiry, where disciplinary and independent studies provide learning depth, and where applied studies in both the general studies and majors’ curricula require students to link theoretical understanding with contemporary issues and challenges facing Asia and the world; and
- To focus student learning on the acquisition of intellectual abilities, reflective personal growth, leadership abilities, and a service oriented outlook.
The Asian University for Women seeks to graduate women who will be skilled and innovative professionals, service-oriented leaders in the businesses and communities in which they will work and live, and promoters of intercultural understanding and sustainable human and economic development in Asia and throughout the world.
AUW faculty members are drawn from all over the world. AUW faculty work in a highly collaborative environment, and they work in teams divided by discipline so that students receive sufficient breadth and depth in their instruction. Teaching at AUW is student-centered and interactive.
Pre-undergraduate: The Access Academy is a pre-collegiate program that prepares students for a rigorous university education. The Academy addresses the various needs of students in terms of academic preparation, social and cultural adjustment, youth mentorship, counseling, technological skills, and recreation. Through these comprehensive efforts, the Access Academy encourages young women to be assertive, confident, and culturally sensitive.
Undergraduate: The Asian University for Women offers a rigorous liberal arts undergraduate curriculum that emphasizes the development of skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and ethical leadership. AUW students choose from the following five majors: Asian Studies (B.A.); Biology (B.Sc.); Environmental Sciences (B.Sc.); Philosophy, Politics & Economics (B.A.); and Public Health (B.Sc.).
Internship & Careers: Internships form an integral part of a student's education at the Asian University for Women. AUW offers opportunities for students to participate in applied research projects, study programs, and internships.
Partner Institutions: AUW also has agreements with private organizations and NGOs for student internships. Examples include BRAC, HSBC, and the World Bank.