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Fleishman Hillard Covers Recent Events in Support of AUW in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
2, Sep, 2015

On Monday, August 31st, Fleishman Hillard composed this press release covering recent events in support of the Asian University for Women in Hong Kong.

HONG KONG – 31 August 2015 The Asian University for Women (AUW) has today launched its new Support Foundation in Hong Kong to help raise funds for the higher education of low-income women in Asia. The launch event kicks off a global campaign to raise US$100m to fund a much-needed campus in Bangladesh and create an endowment for the University that can help make the institution self-sustaining over time.


Founded in 2008, the AUW is an independent, international university in Chittagong, Bangladesh, which seeks to educate a new generation of females leaders in Asia by granting full scholarships to low-income, high potential women from across the region. The AUW has graduated nearly 400 women to date and currently has 500 students from 15 countries across Asia and the Middle East.


The launch event at the Asia Society moderated by Asia Society Co-Chairman and Chairman of Hung Lung Properties, Ronnie Chan, will hear from long-term supporter and Chancellor of the University Cherie Blair CBE, QC, Jack Meyer, the Co-Founder of the AUW and long-time head of the Harvard University endowment, as well as an Afghani and Nepalese students of the University. The students, whom without the AUW would have had little to no prospect of attending higher education, already have admirable ambitions to contribute to the development of their nations, working in public service in Afghanistan and public health in Nepal respectively.


Kamal Ahmad, the AUW’s founder and CEO explains why Hong Kong was chosen to kickstart the campaign, ‘As a regional hub Hong Kong has led the way in facilitating the rise of women to positions of influence, particularly in the financial sector, and higher education has been a critical pathway in that transformation. The AUW aims to create similar pathways for women across the region and we’re seeking Hong Kong’s support to harness education as a catalyst for economic development and social equality’.


Hong Kong-based senior business leaders will sit on the new Support Foundation Board to build support in the region, as well as source mentors and internship opportunities for the AUW students.


Currently housed in temporary accommodation, the university is seeking to raise funds for a purpose built campus and to double the size of the intake of young females from across the region. Following the Hong Kong Support Foundation launch, the AUW will be hosting similar events in New York, Japan and London to further promote its global campaign for the new campus and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the university.


Jack Meyer is emphatic about the fact that he wants the university to turn out women who will be the catalysts for change in their home nations, ‘Education is the key to progress in the developing world. The AUW has a focus on critical thinking because we want graduates who can make a difference, who can embed themselves across the region, in the private sector, in the public sector, and change things.’