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Congratulations, AUW Class of 2016!
Chittagong, Bangladesh
14, May, 2016

May 14, 2016, Chittagong, Bangladesh – The Asian University for Women celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2016 at its fourth Commencement. In total, 63 young women graduated with their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees; these fresh graduates come from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. To see photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page here:

Keynote speaker Dr. Martin Rama, Chief Economist for the South Asia region of the World Bank, reminded the graduates that they are each agents of change who will have to fight to reduce the disadvantages facing women in the region. Noting that “no single loan, no single budget” can surmount gender inequality for good, he urged the graduates to remember that, “The path for gender equality is much longer. The fight for gender equality will have to be fought, and it will be won through millions of small battles, millions of small engagements, and you’re at the forefront.” Dr. Rama concluded by remarking on the commitment AUW students have already demonstrated to exercising leadership, saying that the world counts on them for taking responsibility to meet high expectations.

Dr. Dipu Moni, Chair of the Board of Trustees of AUW and former Bangladesh Foreign Minister, reinforced the imperative for AUW graduates to maintain high standards. She extolled to the audience that, “As AUW graduates, you have a particular obligation to be beacons of equality and rights and tolerance of views, and to help in safeguarding the values that make human existence meaningful.” Zeba Noshin, the Class of 2016 Speaker, reminded her peers to maintain strong ethics and critical thinking as they move beyond their undergraduate years. Reflecting on his own experience supporting AUW, Trustee Young Joon Kim encouraged the Class of 2016 to keep service an integral part of their lives, saying that giving back can be more fulfilling than any personal gain.

The Class of 2016 is off to an inspiring start. Dilshad Begum, from Pakistan, will spend one year on a fellowship working for the Aga Khan University in Karachi. Samasti Tandukar is planning on working for Solidarites International Nepal, where she previously spent several months as an intern. The former  President of Student Government, Bich Tran, will be coming to the United States for the first time in September, to start her Master’s in Global Politics and Culture at Illinois State University. These young women are joining a cadre of more than 400 AUW alumnae who have pursued careers at organizations such as BRAC, Chevron, Office of the First Lady of Afghanistan, Room to Read, Korea Eximbank, and Save the Children; as well as graduate degrees at Oxford, Columbia, Brandeis, Dhaka University, and American University in Kabul.

Thank you for your support of the Asian University for Women and our students. We are thrilled to share in wishing them the best for their next chapter.