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Meet the Class of 2017
Chittagong, Bangladesh
19, May, 2017

In celebration of Asian University for Women’s fifth Commencement ceremony this week, we are pleased to share spotlights of the Class of 2017.

Tien Nguyen | Vietnam

Tien is a multimedia artist and communications specialist. She has served as a filmmaking intern for Work for a Better Bangladesh, an NGO dedicated to public health and women’s rights, and she received honors from UN Women for her contribution to the UNiTE Song Contest.

In 2015, Tien earned placement in an exchange program at Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea, and she used her storytelling and filmmaking skills to crowdfund more than US $3,000 to cover her travel and living expenses.

In 2017, Tien founded the AUW Transmitters Club, an organization that creates content to raise public awareness and support of AUW. In March 2017, Tien and the Transmitters Club created a video called The Dream-Doers, which helped the AUW Support Group in Japan raise ¥33 million in support of AUW during its eighth annual fundraising event in Tokyo.

After graduation, Tien will jumpstart her career with L’Oréal’s Management Trainee Program. In this role, Tien will work in L’Oréal’s Vietnam Office to cultivate the skills she developed as an intern at L’Oréal International Headquarters in Paris in 2016.

Ukhengching Marma | Bangladesh

Ukhengching is a committed advocate for historically marginalized indigenous communities of Bangladesh. As an AUW student, she has coordinated a mentorship and health education program for indigenous adolescent girls from the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

In 2017, Ukhengching was named a finalist for the Commonwealth Youth Award in recognition of her steadfast public service, and she received a U.S. State Department grant to study for one semester at St. Catherine’s University in the United States. After graduation, Ukhengching aims to return to her home community in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to improve access to healthcare for the indigenous communities living there.

Hlaing Moe | Myanmar

Moe Moe has emerged as a leader among her AUW classmates. She is Class Representative for the Class of 2017 and Chair of the Academic Committee of Student Government. She has organized various student events, including campus cultural shows and a class trip to St. Martin’s Island in Bangladesh. Recently, Moe Moe completed a seven-month global marketing internship with The Yahya Group, a Bangladeshi trading company. After graduation, she aims to improve secondary education in her home community and learn from other professionals in Southeast Asia.

Zahra Rezai | Afghanistan

Zahra is a budding academic. She has served as an Economics Research Assistant at AUW, and she has served as a researcher, program designer, and instructor for Spreeha Foundation Bangladesh, a nonprofit organization that is committed to providing opportunities to individuals living in slum communities. After graduation, Zahra will complete a one-year finance and research fellowship at the Afghanistan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and pursue a career in academia.

Shynuga Thirukeswaran | Sri Lanka

Shynuga is an environmentalist and an educator. She has developed and taught environmental sciences and chemistry courses to students of the Al-Hidaayah International School in Chittagong. She has organized bike rallies with Youth Voice of Bangladesh to raise awareness of sustainable transportation. She has also served as a freelance translator for the Centre for Human Rights Development, which provides legal aid to survivors of human rights violations. After graduation, Shynuga will pursue graduate studies.