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Opportunities in the East: U.S. Assistant Secretary Robert Blake to Make Major Policy Speech at AUW on February 15th at 4pm Bangladesh Time
Chittagong, Bangladesh
10, Feb, 2012

The visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Mr. Robert O. Blake, Jr. will deliver a major policy speech at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong on Wednesday, 15 February at 4:00 p.m. Bangladesh time at a gathering of all students and faculty of the University. The speech styled as “Opportunities in the East” is expected to focus on the role of women in the transformation of the Asian region. Read the remarksby Assistant Secretary. See the media clips featuring Assistant Secretary’s visit to the AUW.

Mr. Blake, a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, is a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer who has previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives. He will be accompanied by the US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena and other representatives from the U.S. State Department.

Mr. Blake’s visit to AUW follows an earlier visit by Ambassador Dan Mozena as well as US Congresswoman Betty McCollum. It also signals increased U.S. government assistance for the Asian University for Women. USAID recently announced a significant contribution to the ongoing construction of the permanent campus of AUW. The US State Department will be sponsoring a Summer Leadership Institute at AUW in August as a part of the Women and Public Policy Program that was announced by US Secretary Hillary Clinton last year. AUW is also collaborating with the US State Department in hosting the first ever Grassroots Women’s Leadership Forum that will bring together elected women leaders at the grassroots level from SAARC countries for two weeks of focused workshops on education and development.

AUW’s over 450 students represent twelve different countries:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, the People’s Republic of China, Palestine, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia. They speak 33 different native languages but all instruction is in English.