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Cherie welcomes support from IKEA for the AUW

Leiden, The Netherlands and Chittagong, Bangladesh May 3rd 2012

The Ikea Foundation’s support will be critical in continuing the AUW's commitment to support the education of the most talented women in the region irrespective of their economic backgrounds.

100 Women to Receive IKEA Foundation Scholarships at AUW
The IKEA Foundation and the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh announced today a programme through which 100 students studying at the Asian University for Women will be sponsored by Ikea Foundation for their entire five-year period of study at the University. Students from nine countries attending AUW have been named to hold these scholarships. The Ikea Scholarships have been awarded to students from Afghanistan (7), Bangladesh (40), Bhutan (3), Cambodia (2), India (15), Nepal (13), Pakistan (2), Sri Lanka (16) and Vietnam (2). The Ikea Foundation has agreed to contribute US$5 million to AUW toward this initiative.

In announcing this major grant to the Asian University for Women, Mr. Per Heggenes, the CEO of IKEA Foundation said: “Women’s education is no doubt a powerful tool for improving the lives of children in developing countries.” He went on to say that “AUW is making a vital contribution to this area. Having personally visited AUW and met some of the students, faculty and staff, I am excited and optimistic that this partnership will be of enduring value”.

AUW’s Acting Vice Chancellor Mr. Kamal Ahmad gratefully acknowledged Ikea Foundation’s support and noted that the Foundation’s support will be most critical in continuing the University’s commitment to support the education of the most talented women in the region irrespective of their economic backgrounds. He said “AUW is helping create a new network of women leaders whose life experiences and social commitments combined with the excellent education provided at AUW will propel them into vital changemakers in the region. This work would not be possible without the support of Ikea Foundation and others like it.”

About the Asian University for Women
The Asian University for Women of which Cherie is Chancellor provides both a pre-university preparatory programme as well as a four-year undergraduate programme in the liberal arts and sciences. It is chartered by the Parliament of Bangladesh as an independent international university. Currently in its fourth year of operations, AUW has 450 students from 12 countries across Asia.

About the IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in developing countries by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life:a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and sustainable family income.Currently-funded programmes benefit an estimated 100 million children.

Learn more about the Ikea Foundation

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