University | News
Chittagong, Bangladesh
16, Oct, 2014

The Asian University for Women (AUW) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), through which KAS will provide scholarships for 3 young women from Afghanistan to complete their Access Academy year at the University in the 2014-2015 academic year. Shakeba Ahmadi, NajiaIbrahimi, and ShakilaReyazi arrived at AUW in August to begin their higher education, and are already adjusting to life among students from 15 different countries.

The Access Academy is AUW’s one-year flagship program that prepares students for rigorous undergraduate studies. Focusing on English language, mathematics, and computer skills, the Access Academy provides AUW students with a common foundation of skills for a liberal arts education. Students take classes in small groups, allowing for individualized attention from the Access Academy instructors to each new student. This year of academic exploration complements students’ introduction to AUW’s multicultural environment as students are assigned roommates who come from different countries, highlight AUW’s value for diversity and cross-cultural learning. Access Academy students also take karate classes and choose a community service project for their first year at AUW, embodying the AUW ideal of a liberal arts education.

The Asian University for Women (AUW) is an international university with an Asia focus located in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Now in its seventh year of operations, AUW boasts a student body from 15 different countries across Asia and the Middle East, and has graduated more than 260 alumnae so far. AUW offers a high-caliber liberal arts education for young women interested in topics ranging from public health to politics to computer science. AUW graduates have gone on to work in business, international development agencies, government institutions, and research facilities, always proving their commitment to using their passion and leadership to tackle challenges facing their home countries and women around the world. As a rising network of women leaders, AUW alumnae are growing into the Asian region’s next generation of change-markers. For more information, please visit the AUW website at

The Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) is a German political foundation. With more than 200 projects in over 120 countries, KAS aims to promote freedom, liberty, peace and justice through civic education programs. They focus on strengthening democracy, uniting Europe, supporting transatlantic relations, and development cooperation. KAS is named for the first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, carrying on his name and his principles. KAS provides research on fundamental concepts and current analyses to inform political action, in addition to hosting conferences, events, and exhibitions. Every year KAS awards the Literary Prize and promotes excellence in journalism as a key component of thriving democratic societies. For more information, please visit the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung website at

Media Contacts:

Asian University for Women
Katsuki Sakai
+1 (617) 914-0500

Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung
Marc Frings
+49 (0)30 26996 3598