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Former Dutch Parliamentarian, Kathleen Ferrier, Appointed AUW Professor
Chittagong, Bangladesh
10, Dec, 2016

December 10, 2016, Chittagong, Bangladesh – On this International Human Rights Day, Asian University for Women (AUW) is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Kathleen Ferrier, a former Member of the Parliament in the Netherlands and an expert in development aid and policy, as Professor of the Practice for Global Human Rights. Professor Ferrier, who is based in Hong Kong’s Baptist University, will conduct workshops at AUW on topics relating to human rights.

Daughter of Suriname’s first president, Professor Ferrier was educated at Leiden University where she studied Spanish and Portuguese language and literature as well as development policy. Professor Ferrier commented: “We need new structures, new visions, new ways of communicating, using new technologies and we need new leadership. AUW is a most amazing place where highly motivated, talented young women from the least privileged parts of 15 Asian countries come together and are educated to become the leaders of their countries and their continent.”

About Asian University for Women (AUW)

Founded in 2008 and located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Asian University for Women is the first of its kind:  a regional institution dedicated to women’s education and leadership development – international in outlook, but rooted in the contexts and aspirations of the people of Asia. Students from 15 countries attend AUW. This University exists solely to support a rising network of women leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers from across the region. It seeks out women who have significant academic potential and demonstrate courage, a sense of outrage at injustice, and are empathic to the woes of other people. A majority of AUW’s students are first in their family to enter university; 98% of AUW’s students are on full or near-full scholarship funded by private donors from around the world.  A majority of AUW graduates find employment in the private sector in their home countries while about 25% go on to pursue graduate studies. AUW graduates or former students have been admitted to Stanford, Oxford, Columbia, Brandeis, Surrey and a host of other leading universities in the world.