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AUW Partners with Universities Abroad

Chittagong, Bangladesh, August 21, 2012: The Asian University for Women has established partnerships with two major European educational institutions--a student exchange program with the Paris Institute of Political Studies (known as Sciences Po) in France, and a visiting faculty program with the University of Trento in Italy. Through these partnerships, AUW is expanding its capacity to provide a truly global educational experience, solidifying its place as a Center of Excellence not only in the region, but worldwide. Most importantly, AUW's students benefit tremendously from the diversity of ideas and cultures that these programs bring to the University.

Sciences Po is one of the world's most reputable and prestigious social science education institutions, with fields of study including political science, economics, history, law, and social and urban policy. The institute has an international focus, with 42% of its student body coming from outside of France, and has traditionally educated much of France's political and diplomatic officials and civil servants. In the Fall of 2012, two Bangladeshi students from AUW will go to Paris to spend a full academic year at Sciences Po. The students are Sumpa Sakar, who studies Politics, Philosophy & Economics at AUW and intends to earn a PhD in Economics and become a professor, and Taslima Khanam, who studies Public Health at AUW and aspires to become a psychologist and improve the status of women in Bangladesh. Next year, Sciences Po will send its students to study at AUW. The exchange program is set to last for at least five years, with the number of students increasing as it goes on, and the possibility of further collaboration between the universities in the future.

AUW was also fortunate to have a number of international visiting faculty participate in its inaugural Summer Term, which ran from May to July, 2012. International visiting professors included: Dolores Brynes, professor of Anthropology at Colgate University and Cornell University; Michele Mekel, professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law; Jason Homer, Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, San Diego; and Abu Shaheb, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland. Two volunteer faculty members also came from the University of Trento in Italy to teach European Literature and Economics. The University welcomes new opportunities to have visiting faculty and would like to encourage proposals from any professors or institutions interested in such collaboration.

Also this summer, AUW developed a relationship with Philips Exeter Academy in the United States, sending two Access Academy graduates to attend the school's summer program in 2012. The University is also working with Aalborg University, Denmark's premier higher education institution, to develop its graduate program in Computer Science and Information Technology. Aalborg will also send two faculty members to AUW in the Fall of 2012 to teach courses in the Computer Science department.

Also in the 2012 academic year, Fahmida Zaman, a second-year Philosophy, Politics and Economics major at AUW, has been selected to participate in an exchange program organized by the U.S. State Department. Fahmida will receive a full scholarship to St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, Minnesota to study International Relations. The Northeast and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program selects "outstanding students from underrepresented sectors of the Near East and South Asia," and "aims to provide a meaningful experience for a diverse group of emerging student leaders."

The University is proud to be collaborating with international institutions in order to expand its students' horizons and enhance their educational opportunities. In addition, these partnerships allow students to develop international academic and professional networks. Such networks will serve AUW's students well as they become the next generation of global women leaders.

Article on AUW website