Meeting Strategic Gender Needs: The Case of Asian University for Women, Bangladesh

  • Andrea D. PhillottEmail author
Part of the Education Innovation Series book series (EDIN)


The World Bank and UNESCO Task Force on Higher Education and Society (2000) identified that education reform in developing countries was needed to facilitate greater access to high-quality higher education and ensure benefit from the global knowledge economy. In response to this need, Asian University for Women (AUW), the first liberal arts university for women in South Asia, began operations in 2008. AUW seeks to produce graduates 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. Talented students are recruited from diverse backgrounds in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Vietnam to attend the residential university. As a liberal arts institution, AUW has an institutional autonomy and academic freedom within its host country of Bangladesh. This chapter introduces the policies, curricular and extracurricular programs, and pedagogy at AUW that aim to meet gender and education needs in the region.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Asian University for WomenChittagongBangladesh
  2. 2.FLAME UniversityPuneIndia

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