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Pathways for Promise Students Collaborate with Port City University
Chittagong, Bangladesh
1, Mar, 2018

March 1st, 2018, Chittagong, Bangladesh— On February 28th, 2018, Pathways for Promise students at Asian University for Women (AUW) collaborated with Port City University in Chittagong to hold ‘A Changing Role of Women’ event. Pathways students presented compelling facts and stories about the changing role of women in their respective countries, including Afghanistan and Myanmar. Port City University was represented by 220 students, the Vice Chancellor, and Heads of Department. All were mesmerized by the highly engaging, and sometimes harrowing, account of the Pathways students’ experiences.

Following the presentations was a round table discussion involving a mixed-gender audience of students from both AUW and Port City. Questions such as ‘Where do you think gender stereotypes come from?‘ and ‘Is gender equality a concern for men?’ prompted lively discussion between the round table participants and the audience. This highly successful event will leave attendees with food for thought for many days to come.

Pathways for Promise is a pre-university preparatory program offered at AUW. In the program, women who have not previously had access to high-quality English-language training are offered an additional year of preparation in advance of the undergraduate program. Pathways specifically targets women who are the first in their family to enter university and otherwise represent adverse backgrounds, including: daughters of micro-finance borrowers, historically neglected ethnic minorities, ready-made garment factory workers, and refugees.