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Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony at AUW Campus Site
Chittagong, Bangladesh
26, Apr, 2011

On April 26, 2011 Asian University for Women held a foundation stone laying ceremony at the its permanent campus site in Pahartoli with the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the Chief Guest. AUW Chancellor Cherie Blair chaired the ceremony. The special guests were Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, Education Minister Nuruk Islam Nahid, and World Bank Managing Director Dr. Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala.

Project Director Mushtaque Habib (left) assists Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina lay the foundation stone, as AUW Chancellor Cherie Blair, World Bank Managing Director Dr. Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala, and Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni look on.

Project Director Mushtaque Habib (left) assists Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina lay the foundation stone, as AUW Chancellor Cherie Blair, World Bank Managing Director Dr. Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala, and Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni look on.

Download speech by the Hon’ble Prime Minister

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Download speech by Dr. Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala

Download speech by Mrs. Cherie Blair

Download speech by Kamal Ahmad

Below are some excerpts of the speeches delivered that day.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister:

“I am pleased to observe that the Asian University for Women has been functioning well in terms of imparting excellent education. I am sure once the campus premises are completed the results would exceed all our expectation.

…Indeed, the Asian University for Women captures the common desire of women of not only Asia but of all women worldwide to contribute to their nations and to humanity.”

Many AUW students attended the event that celebrated their future campus.

Many AUW students attended the event that celebrated their future campus.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala:

“Let us work together with all governments in Asia to create opportunities for women to take their rightful place in society.  Today, the Asian University for Women takes a significant step in that direction, and  I am delighted to be a witness to this historic moment.”

Founder Kamal Ahmad:                                                

“When people ask me what traits do you look for in your students, I often say that we look for three things beyond academic excellence: We look for a demonstration of courage, for how can you be a leader without courage; we look for a measure of outrage at injustice, for how can you change anything unless injustice troubles you; and we look for a measure of empathy, for a person who does not care about others cannot bring about the change this world needs.”
Many AUW students attended the event that celebrated their future campus.

Student Government President Nawra Mehrin:

Nawra“At the Asian University for Women, we believe that education is a fundamental human right, but that this right comes with a responsibility to make a difference. It is our belief that education is not a luxury but a responsibility that society owes to itself. With immense optimism, we are working not just to create for ourselves a bright future but to rewrite the history of women and show the world that when women thrive, all of society benefits and succeeding generations are given a better start in life.”

Hon’ble Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni:

“We know the heart of any real university is its students and faculty. Its pulse is in the rhythm of learning and knowing. The excitement is in the discovery of knowledge. The inspiration is in finding ways to channel that knowledge in a way that serves humanity in the best possible way.

…What has been envisioned for the Asian University for Women is truly remarkable…It will demonstrate that education of the highest quality is not a monopoly of any one region of the world. In fact, intelligent people anywhere can come together and build places of learning that can be as good and as enduring as any others.”

Other notable guests included Ellen Goldstein, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh (right), and several ambassadors.

Other notable guests included Ellen Goldstein, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh (right), and several ambassadors.