Educating Asia's Women, One Scholarship At A Time

by Asian University for Women Support Foundation
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Educating Asia's Women, One Scholarship At A Time
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Educating Asia's Women, One Scholarship At A Time
Educating Asia's Women, One Scholarship At A Time
Educating Asia's Women, One Scholarship At A Time
Educating Asia's Women, One Scholarship At A Time
Educating Asia's Women, One Scholarship At A Time
Educating Asia's Women, One Scholarship At A Time

Project Report | Feb 23, 2022
Thank You from AUW

By Lydia Duan | Program Officer

Asian University for Women (AUW) exists to provide educational opportunities for women from under resourced communities in Asia. Rooted in the belief that education is a fundamental human right, AUW provides full or near-full scholarships for every student who would otherwise be unable to pursue their degrees. Scholarship support is crucial to eliminating the financial and social barriers that preclude so many women from accessing higher education. AUW currently supports 1160 students from 18 countries across Asia, and its enrollment numbers increase with each year.

After nearly two years of remote study, where students collectively faced challenges with Internet connectivity, electricity, and caretaking responsibilities, AUW has returned to on-campus learning as of January 2022. Safety and health are the top priorities on campus in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The Health and Wellness Center (HWC) on campus has doctors and nurses who are on the ground and on call at all hours of the day. Students who had not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19 were vaccinated before arrival, through the assistance of the Government of Bangladesh and the World Health Organization (WHO). The ability to reopen for in-person learning has come about through an extraordinary collaborative effort across faculty, staff, and student networks, as well as support from governmental entities and intergovernmental organizations.

Under the Women Teaching Women Initiative, AUW has recently accelerated its support for students from conflict zones, focusing its recruitment on displaced students from Afghan and Rohingya communities. Recruitment was carried out via AUW partners across all 34 provinces of Afghanistan, as well as in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh via AUW staff in tandem with UNHCR. The response received was astounding, returning over 7000 applications, and demonstrating the drive that exists for a university education among young women in the region.

These most newly recruited students will enter the new, two-year General Studies Program to provide more flexible support before continuing to the undergraduate program. This program allows greater elasticity for preparedness levels and will give special attention to issues of trauma students may be facing. In the first year, students will receive intensive English instruction and form an academic home base in small student groups. In the second year, students will undergo intensive college preparation in in math, science, and academic English. International and accredited teachers will prepare students to pass college-level standardized requirements before moving on to the undergraduate program.

AUW is entering into a new era – with the launch of its inaugural Graduate School in Education, the beginning permanent campus construction, and the accelerated recruitment of teaching fellows and faculty to support an ever-expanding student body. The University could not exist without supporters like those with GlobalGiving. It is because of you that AUW is able to further increase the accessibility of education for women who could not advance in their own schooling otherwise. In this final report, we express our sincerest gratitude for supporters who have followed AUW’s growth and development over time. If you would like to learn more about AUW or make a contribution, you can find us at

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Asian University for Women Support Foundation

Location: Cambridge, MA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @AUW_Chittagong
Project Leader:
Katsuki Sakai
Cambridge , MA United States

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