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19, May, 2017

In celebration of Asian University for Women’s fifth Commencement ceremony this week, we are pleased to spotlight a few outstanding graduates.

Vylyny Chat | Cambodia | Class of 2014

After graduation, Vylyny worked as a Clinical Program Coordinator at a Cambodian hospital. In this role, she worked to provide free oncological care to low-income women. Vylyny was later chosen to be a Global Academic Fellow at New York University (NYU) Shanghai, where she worked as a Biology Teaching Assistant and academic support staff to students on campus. Now Vylyny is pursuing a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at NYU in New York City.

“AUW has made me realize that education is more than just a degree and life is more than your salary. I have become a global citizen who strives for more than what my society has told me to be.” – Vylyny

Tanjila Drishti | Bangladesh | Class of 2014

After graduation, Drishti was selected to lead Nobel Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus’ ten-member youth delegation at the One Young World Summit in Ireland. Afterward, she joined the BRAC Young Professionals program to educate more than 1,000 women in remote and rural areas of Bangladesh about child marriage, health, and the value of education. In 2016, Drishti was named an “Ambassador in Action” by One Young World.

Now Drishti is a Program Coordinator for the AUW Pathways for Promise program. In this role, she goes to garments factories to recruit students and secure support from garments factory owners. In addition, she develops the new AUW Education Cells project, which encourages AUW students and recent graduates to provide free English-language classes to garments factory workers and their families.

Soon Drishti will pursue a Master’s degree in Globalisation, Business and Development at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

“I had always known social problems existed, but I didn’t really care to do anything about them until I came to AUW. The University’s multicultural environment and liberal arts curriculum taught me what was going on – not just in my society, but in other people’s communities as well. It was a wakeup call.” – Drishti

Mursal Hamraz | Afghanistan | Class of 2014

After graduation, Mursal worked in the Government of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Counter Narcotics, where she previously interned. She evaluated the efficacy of women’s vocational training and treatment at drug addiction rehabilitation centers. She also created a media campaign to promote awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Now Mursal works in the Office of the First Lady of Afghanistan — a dream job which allows her to generate positive change for Afghan women.

In 2017, Mursal will pursue a Master’s degree in Development Economics at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in the United Kingdom. She is a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship.

Fahria Kabir | Bangladesh | Class of 2013

Fahria recently earned her Master’s degree in Human Computer Interaction and Social Media at Umeå University in Sweden. There she researched feminist design theory and held symposia about gender, sexuality, and social media.

In 2016, Fahria became the first Bangladeshi individual to receive a Global Swede Award, an honor conferred by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Institute, which recognizes international students who are pursuing degrees at Swedish institutions and have distinguished themselves in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Now Fahria is working on a national innovation project funded by the Government of Sweden’s Agency for Youth and Civil Society.

“AUW helped me develop the confidence to be myself and pursue my professional interests.” – Fahria

Bayan Salaymeh | Palestine | Class of 2014

After graduation, Bayan began working as a Project Coordinator at Roles Association for Social Change, a Palestinian NGO that works to empower Palestinian women economically, socially, and politically. Bayan also worked as a Counselor for the Hebron Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Business Hub Program.

Now Bayan is pursuing her Master’s degree in Modern East Asian Studies at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt with a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

“AUW has always pushed me to discover my strengths and to become a leader who will make a difference.” – Bayan